Somasurya, Somasūrya, Soma-surya: 1 definition


Somasurya 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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Somasūrya (वामावर्ता) refers to the “sun and moon”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “(The goddess) is the emanation (sṛṣti) of all the elements (bhūta). She creates the universe. [...] By rotating clockwise (sūryāvarta) she is the Full (Moon) and, (rotating) anticlockwise (vāmāvartā), the New Moon. Transcending (both) Sun and Moon [i.e., somasūrya-pathātītā], she is called Śāmbhavī (Śiva's power). That power (when) Full (pūrṇā) bestows worldly enjoyment; (as the) New Moon, accomplishment and liberation. And, (that power) which give worldly enjoyment and liberation, established in the non-sequential (akrama) (transcendent), withdraws (all things)”

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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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