Tags: pancharatra

mahAsudarshana vyUha

There are nine Supreme mantras of sudarshana, the chakrarAja of Lord shrImannArAyaNa. It is said that through the vyUha of sudarshana that we describe below, the core power of mahAsaMkarShaNa mUrti is invoked and prayogas including those of dhUmAvatI, b… more »

svarNa yantra

As we sat to discuss the annual mahotsavam and a yantra pratiShThA at a Kali Temple in dakshiNa desha, several related tantras were examined for a suitable pramANa before ordering a specific yantra. It seems to be a trend lately to prefer yantras made i… more »

pAncharAtra saMhitA - 3

sUriH suhR^id bhAgavataH sAtvataH pa~nchakAlavit | ekAntikastanmayashcha pA~ncharAtrika ityapi | evamAdibhirAkhyAbhiH AkhyeyaH kamalAsana || [pAdma saMhitA] The sequence of the words used here are interpreted to be in the order of antiquity. The word… more »

pAncharAtra saMhitA - 2

A few definitions of Agama: The popular one: AgataM shivavaktrebhyo gataM cha girijAshrutau | mataM shrIvAsudevasya tasmAdAgama uchyate || A more descriptive definition from our favorite bR^ihadvArAhI tantra: sR^iShTishcha pralayashchaiva devatAnA… more »

A pAncharAtra controversy

guruvAtapurIshvaro vijayate Many smArta yatis seem to be worshipping in shrIvaiShNava kShetras and this has been accepted as a norm lately. However, some shrIvaiShNava scholars strongly object to this practice. The following is a summary of their stand… more »