Vahnirupa, Vahni-rupa, Vahnirūpā, Vahnirūpa: 1 definition


Vahnirupa 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

Vahnirūpā (वह्निरूपा) refers to “she who has the form of fire” and is used to describe Khecarī—one of the nine attendants of Goddess Tvaritā, according to the Agnipurāṇa, the Tantrarāja verse 14.15-16 and the Kulakaulinīmata verse 3.82-88.—Accordingly, “1) Huṃravā (She who makes the sound Huṃ) has the form of a lightning flash and, auspicious, holds a thunderbolt weapon (vajrāyudha). 2) Khecarī (the Skyfaring Goddess) has the form of fire [i.e., vahnirūpā] and is adorned with a javelin as a weapon. 3) Caṇḍā (the Fierce One) holds a staff. She is black (kṛṣṇa) and points (threateningly) at (both) gods and demons. [...]”.

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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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