Ucchushmika, Ucchuṣmikā: 1 definition


Ucchushmika 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 Ucchuṣmikā can be transliterated into English as Ucchusmika or Ucchushmika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Uchchhushmika.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Ucchushmika in Shaivism glossary
Source: Semantic Scholar: The Brahmayāmalatantra (dissertation)

Ucchuṣmikā (उच्छुष्मिका) refers to a specific type of “Tantric Heroine”, according to Kṣemarāja’s quote while commenting on Netratantra verse 19.55.—Accordingly, “A woman who at night becomes naked, urinates, then circumambulates, and would consume blood—and then with hair unbound, would subdue—she sādhakas should know to be an ucchuṣmikā, a heroine [i.e., vīra-nāyikā]”.

Note: The Nepalese manuscripts collated attest two substantive variants: prāśayate for prāśayed, and vīra-vatsalā for vīra-nāyikā.

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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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