Shrisailam, Śrisailam, Śrīśailam: 2 definitions


Shrisailam means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (shaivism)

Śrīsailam has been an important Siddha-Kṣetra which was famous as the seat of the Atimārgika sects such as Pāśupatās, Kāpālikas, Kālamukhas, Navanāthās and Śāktas.

Śrisailam Inscriptions, Āndhra Pradesh.—The Siddha cult is the most important one at Śrisailam, which in all likelihood might have coterminous to the Pāśupata School. The epithet ‘Siddha Kśetra’ given to Śrisailam was due to the popularity of this cult in Śrisailam.

There are a few inscriptions found at Śrisailam which are purely related to the Siddha cult in that region. Foremost among them, a small label inscription in early 6th century characters was noticed on the rocky floor on the way to the Saraṅgadhāra matha. It reads “Sarasa Paramātmā”. The word Paramātmā means a man possessing divine or yogic powers. The prefixing word ‘sarasa’ suggests his field of excellence;that is the art of Rasa-vidyā (alchemy).

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (historical)

Śrisailam has important association with the traditions common to Śaivite and Buddhist tantra. On the Buddhist side, Śrisailam appears to be the Śriparvata mentioned in many Tibetan texts, where the Siddha Nāgārjuna did alchemical experiments.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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