Yoginicakra, Yoginīcakra, Yogini-cakra: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Yoginicakra 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Yoginichakra.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

Yoginīcakra (योगिनीचक्र):—One of the five internal mystic centres (pañcacakra), according to the kubjikāmata-tantra (or, kādiprakaraṇa). These five cakras follow the general principle of a cakra (inward representation of a maṇḍala, the representation of cosmic creation). The Yoginīcakra is the fourth cakra, and is occupied by the goddesses who are called Yoginīs (‘sorceresses’). This cakra, indicated as the Ghaṭādhāra or Ghaṭasthāna, is localized in the region of the throat.

The Yoginīcakra is associated with the gross element Air (vāyu).

Six female deities (yoginīs) are born from the central male deity (of the Yoginīcakra) known as Kuleśvara (‘the Lord of kula’):

  1. Ḍāmarī,
  2. Rāmaṇī,
  3. Lambakarṇī or Lambikā,
  4. Kākinī or Kākī,
  5. Sākinī, 
  6. Yakṣiṇī.

7) Kusuminī (or Kusumamālinī) is the optional seventh yoginī according to the kubjikāmata-tantra.

The following names are mentioned in texts such as the Kulārṇava-tantra and the Ṣaṭcakranirūpaṇa:

  1. Ḍākinī,
  2. Rākiṇī,
  3. Lākinī,
  4. Kākinī,
  5. Śākinī,
  6. Hākinī,

7) Yakṣiṇī is added as a seventh deity in the Kulārṇava-tantra and is known as Yākinī in the Setubandha commentary on the Yoginīhṛdaya.

8) Kusumāyudhā (or Kusuṃā) is a variant to Kusuminī (or Kusumamālinī) according to tantric sources such as the Śrīmatottara-tantra and the Gorakṣa-saṃhita.

These Yoginīs primarily have a fearsome nature, and are associated with concepts such as the sixfold adhvan, the bodily substances (dhātus), the Ṣaṭcakra, six aṅgas, and the six tattvas.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Yoginīcakra (योगिनीचक्र) refers to the “circle of Yoginīs”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.37. Accordingly:—“[...] Vīrabhadra took up all the great miraculous weapons for his fight with Viṣṇu and roared like a lion. [...] A noisy terrible fight ensued between the Gaṇas and the guardians of the quarters, both roaring like lions. [...] Splitting up all the Devas, the great leader of Bhairavī in collaboration with the circle of Yoginīs [i.e., yoginīcakra], drank much of their blood”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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