Yonidhara, Yoni-dhara: 1 definition


Yonidhara 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.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Yonidhara (योनिधर) refers to the “support of the (lotus) yoni”, according to the Ṭīkā (commentary) on the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, [while discussing the syllables of Navātman]: “The Moon Yoni—Sa, Śiva—Ha, the Fire of Time—Ra, the Vowel—Ū, the Last One—KṢa. Time (kāla)—Ma, the Support of the Lotus Yoni (padma-yonidhara)—La, the Lord of the Wind—Ya and the Womb of Knowledge—Va. The form of (these) letters, extracted according to (their essential) condition and fused together into one syllabic mantra, is called Navātman. How else is it? It is covered with Sound. [...]”.

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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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