Shodasharaka, Ṣoḍaśāraka, Shodasha-araka: 1 definition

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Shodasharaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Ṣoḍaśāraka can be transliterated into English as Sodasaraka or Shodasharaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shodasharaka in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Ṣoḍaśāraka (षोडशारक) refers to the “sixteen-spoked wheel”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “[...] This is the Moon (candrā) of the Womb of the Moon, the moonlight of the plane of the Doomsday Fire (vāḍavīpada). Fire is within the Womb of the Moon. She has arisen out of the middle of that (Fire). That is the sacred seat and she is in the middle of it possessing the Womb of the Moon. O mistress of the gods, the Womb of the Moon is said to be the left channel. The bestower of every desire and located in the midst of the sixteen-spoked (Wheel) [i.e., ṣoḍaśāraka-madhyasthā], she should be worshipped and fulfils all desires (artha)”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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