Vimalagama, aka: Vimala-agama, Vimalāgama; 2 Definition(s)

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Vimalāgama (विमलागम):—One of the 28 Śaivāgamas. This is one of the five Āgamas that were proclaimed to the world by the Tatpuruṣa face (of Śiva).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Vimalāgama (विमलागम) or simply Vimala refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The Śaivāgamas are divided into four groups viz. Śaiva, Pāśupata, Soma and Lākula. Śaiva is further divided in to Dakṣiṇa, Vāma and Siddhānta (eg., vimala-āgama).

According to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha), it was Sadāśiva who first imparted the Vimalāgama through parasambandha to Sarvātmaka, who then imparted it through mahānsambandha to Vīrabhadra who then, through divya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Vimalāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

The Upāgamas for Vimalāgama are: Ananta, Bhoga, Ākrānta, Vṛṣapiṅga, Vṛṣodara, Vṛṣābhūta, Sudanta, Raudra, Bhadravidha, Ārevata, Atikrānta, Aṭṭahāsa, Alaṅkṛta, Arcita, Vimala and Dhāraṇa. The purpose of revealing Upāgamas is to explain more elaborately than that of Mūlāgamas and to include any new idea if not dealt in Mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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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