Vahnivasini, Vahnivāsinī, Vahni-vasini: 1 definition


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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

1) Vahnivāsinī (वह्निवासिनी) is another name for the Goddess.—[...] Kubjikā is frequently identified with Rudraśakti throughout our text. In this aspect she is, amongst other things, the energy of this divine Fire. As such she is also, as we have seen, Saṃvartā, the Doomsday Fire that burns in the centre of the maṇḍala with the power of bliss. In this way, the goddess who is said to ‘reside in fire’ (vahnivāsinī) is implicitly identified with the spiritual power of the Vedic sacrificial fire. Thus the goddess, who “stoked the supreme fire” and contemplated it burning in the centre of the maṇḍala, contemplated her own nature.

2) Vahnivāsinī (वह्निवासिनी) refers to one of the Sixteen Nityās associated with Śrīvidyā described in the Tantrarājatantra.—Accordingly, “The Sixteen Nityās associated with Śrīvidyā described in the Tantrarājatantra are as follows. 1) Lalitā 2) Kāmeśvarī, 3) Bhagamālinī, 4) Nityaklinnā 5) Bheruṇḍā 6) Vahnivāsinī 7) Vajreśvarī 8) Śivadūtī 9) Tvaritā (also called Totalā) 10) Kulasundarī 11) Nityā 12) Nīlapatākā 13) Vijayā 14) Sarvamaṅgalā 15) Jvālāmālīi and 16) Citrā”.

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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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