Vamatantra, Vāmatantra, Vama-tantra: 2 definitions



Vamatantra 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vamatantra in Shaktism glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)

1) Vāmatantra (वामतन्त्र) refers to one of the four classifications of Tantras belonging to the Śāktāgama or Śāktatantra tradition, according to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana. Śāktāgama represents one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom) and holds the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation.

The Vāma class of Śāktatantras are:

  1. Nayatantra,
  2. Nayottaratantra,
  3. Mūkatantra,
  4. Mohanatantra,
  5. Mohanāmṛtatantra,
  6. Karapūjāvidhānatantra,
  7. Vīṇātantra,
  8. Jayātantra,
  9. Viajyatantra,
  10. Aparājitatantra,
  11. Siddhanityodayatantra,
  12. Jyeṣṭhatantra,
  13. Cintāmaṇimahodayatantra,
  14. Kuhakatantra,
  15. Kāmadhenukadambatantra,
  16. Ānandatantra,
  17. Rudratantra,
  18. Bhadratantra,
  19. Kiṅkaratantra,
  20. Anantavijayatantra,
  21. Bhaktatantra,
  22. Daurvāsatantra,
  23. Bījabhedatantra,

2) Vāmatantra (वामतन्त्र) or simply Vāma refers to one of the thirty-one Dakṣiṇatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Vāma-tantra belonging to the Dakṣiṇa class.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vamatantra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vāmatantra (वामतन्त्र):—[=vāma-tantra] [from vāma] n. Name of a Tantra.

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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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