Snanapitha, Snānapīṭha, Snana-pitha: 1 definition


Snanapitha 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.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (shaivism)

Snānapīṭha (स्नानपीठ) refers to the “pedestal on which a Liṅga is placed and bathed”.—[The word] pīṭha in the early Siddhāntāgamas denotes the “location of a deity”, sacred person or entity, [although] it not generally used to denote a sacred site. A pīṭha is a part of the maṇḍala where the deity sits. The Niḥśvāsatattvasaṃhitā refers to the central square of its primary maṇḍala as the pīṭha that is ‘the best of seats’. Similarly, the term pīṭha may denote the pedestal on which a Liṅga is placed and bathed (snānapīṭha) in a pavilion erected for that purpose. The same word also denotes the part of the plinth on which a Liṅga is erected. It may be of various kinds and variously named according to its size, shape, layers and the like. Such pīṭhas are described in the Siddhāntāgamas

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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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