Srishtikartri, Sṛṣṭikartṛ, Srishti-kartri: 5 definitions


Srishtikartri 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 Sṛṣṭikartṛ can be transliterated into English as Srstikartr or Srishtikartri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Sṛṣṭikartṛ (सृष्टिकर्तृ) refers to the “agents of emanation”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “These five Siddhanāthas are the lords of the universe. (They are) the Siddhas of the agency of emanation (sṛṣṭikartṛ-tva). They are the doors to heaven and have reached the other side (of the ocean of bondage). They have burst apart the limitless worlds of hell and are the only ones able to bestow liberation. They came down onto the venerable (mount) Kailāsa and, heating the lotus of phenomenal existence, shine with (their) radiant energy. I bow before these (Siddhas) constantly whose intellect is well versed in the Krama and are the descent (into the world) of all knowledge”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Srishtikartri in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Sṛṣṭikartṛ (सृष्टिकर्तृ) refers to the “agent of creation”, according to verse 10.16 of Sureśvarācārya’s Mānasollāsa.—Accordingly, “By merely his own will, [the Yogin] is the agent of creation (sṛṣṭikartṛ), preservation and destruction of worlds [lokānāṃ sṛṣṭisthityantakartṛtā] and the master of the sun and so on. This is called [the Siddhi of] sovereignty”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Srishtikartri in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sṛṣṭikartṛ (सृष्टिकर्तृ) refers to the “creator of the worlds” and is used to describe Brahmā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.1 (“Description of Tripura—the three cities”).—Accordingly, after the sons of Tāraka-Asura spoke to Brahmā: “On hearing their words, Brahmā, the grandfather and creator of the worlds (sṛṣṭikartṛ) remembered Śiva and told them ‘Let it be so’. He ordered Maya—‘O Maya, build three cities, one of gold, another of silver and a third one of steel’ After ordering directly like this, Brahmā returned to his abode in heaven even as the sons of Tāraka were watching”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Srishtikartri in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sṛṣṭikartṛ (सृष्टिकर्तृ).—m. the creator.

Sṛṣṭikartṛ is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sṛṣṭi and kartṛ (कर्तृ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Sṛṣṭikartṛ (सृष्टिकर्तृ):—[=sṛṣṭi-kartṛ] [from sṛṣṭi > sṛj] mfn. creating, a creator, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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