Trishakti, Triśakti, Tri-shakti: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Triśakti can be transliterated into English as Trisakti or Trishakti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

1) Triśakti (त्रिशक्ति) refers to the “collective triadic nature of the triple energy (Vāmā, Jyeṣṭhā and Raudrī)”.—In the Tantrasadbhāva we find the geometric shapes related to the energies, or aspects of the one energy, that constitute the Triangle. [...] These three energies [i.e., Vāmā, Jyeṣṭhā and Raudrī] are the consorts of the gods Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara and manifest as a series of triads. [...] These energies and their symbolic geometric representations are all individually and collectively identified with the goddess whom Bhairava praises as such in the Mālinīstava, the hymn he intones to evoke her out of the Liṅga. The collective triadic nature of this triple energy (triśakti) is also summed up in Tripurā, the goddess of the Three Cities whose triadic nature is apparent even in her name. [...]”.

2) Triśakti (त्रिशक्ति) [=Śaktitraya?] refers to the “three energies”, according to the Kulakaulinīmata.—Accordingly, “[...] Called knowledge, (she is Kuṇḍalinī and) her form is (round like) an earring (kuṇḍala). Called action, she is the mother of the letters (varṇamātṛkā). Called will, (her) form is mantra. She is (both) the object of denotation and the denotator. Associated with (both) cause and effect, she emerges from within the pure (energy of the Moon). She has three natures, she resides on three paths, she is endowed with the three causes and the three energies [i.e., śaktitraya-samopetā]. She is associated with the letter E. (As) the Supreme Power, she resides within Śiva”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Triśakti (त्रिशक्ति) or Śaktitraya refers to “one who hast three Śaktis”, and is used to describe Śiva, according the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.15. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On arrival there, after paying respects to the lord [Śiva] with great excitement we lauded Him with various hymns with palms joined in reverence. The Devas said: [...] Obeisance to Thee whose velocity is unbearable, who hast three Śaktis (Śaktitraya), who art identical with the three Vedas; Obeisance to Thee the delighted protector of immense potentiality”.

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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»] — Trishakti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Triśakti (त्रिशक्ति).—a deity (trikalā), Māyā; Bhāgavata 2.6.31.

Derivable forms: triśaktiḥ (त्रिशक्तिः).

Triśakti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and śakti (शक्ति).

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

Triśakti (त्रिशक्ति):—[=tri-śakti] [from tri] f. = -kalā, [Varāha-purāṇa xc ff.]

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Trishakti in German

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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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