Vrishcikanguliyaka, Vṛścikāṅgulīyaka, Vrishcika-anguliyaka: 1 definition
Vrishcikanguliyaka 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 Vṛścikāṅgulīyaka can be transliterated into English as Vrscikanguliyaka or Vrishcikanguliyaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Vrishchikanguliyaka.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
Vṛścikāṅgulīyaka (वृश्चिकाङ्गुलीयक) refers to “rings decorated with scorpions”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “That, O goddess, is said to be the subtle (form), now listen to the gross one. [...] She holds a skull, dagger, javelin and ascetic’s staff. Fierce, she holds a knife, a great noose and sword. (She also holds) a thunderbolt, spear, bow, arrows and double-headed drum. Her neck is adorned with the great lord of snakes. She wears a snake as a sacred thread and (her) girdle is tied with that also. She is adorned with the thousand-headed lord of the snakes (who is) on (her) head. Snakes are (her) anklets and bangles. Her topknot has the form of a burning fire and scorpions are (her) rings [vṛścika—vṛścikairaṅgulīyakam]”.
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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