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A
Aagya Chakra
The Sixth Chakra located between the eyebrows and is said to be the seat of
the mystical "Third Eye".
Acharya
Teacher, Scholar.
Ahuti
Oblations or offering made in the holy fire.
Anahat Chakra
The fourth chakra of the kundalini located in the vertebral column positioned
near the heart.
Ang Nyas
A procedure of energizing the parts of body through Mantras.
Annapoorna
The Goddess of food and nourishment.
Anushthan
Chanting definite amount of mantras in certain days following all rules.
Apsara
The Celestial Divine Nymph. Eg. Urvasi (Urvashi), Rambha, Menaka.
Arghya
Rice grains, flowers and water to be offered to the deity.
Asan
Posture.
Atharvaved
One of The Four Vedas comprising of 5977 Verses.

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B
Bagalamukhi
The eighth Mahavidya in the famous series of the 10 Mahavidyas
Beej
Seed.
Beej Mantra
A seed Mantra is called a Beej Mantra.
Bhairav
One of the incarnations of Lord Shiva. Custodian of all Mahavidyas.
Bhasrika
A kind of Pranayam which involves quick and fast breathing.
Bhuvaneshwari
The supreme goddess, one of the ten Mahavidyas.
Bramha
The creator, one of the trinity of gods.
Bramhastra
The unconquerable weapon of Gods.

C
Chandan
Sandalwood. Primarily used in powder form for religious practices.
Chandika
Collective form of Shakti i.e Mahasaraswati, Mahalaxmi and Mahakali.
Chhinnamasta
The goddess who has beheaded herself, one of the ten Mahavidyas.

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D
Deepak
Lamp.
Dhoomavati
The widow goddess, one of the ten Mahavidyas.
Dhoop
Incense.
Dhyan
Meditation.
Durga
A goddess, a form of divine energy who was created by the blending the
powers of all other gods and goddesses.

G
Ganapati
Younger son of Shiv and Parvati. God of Wisdom.
Gayatri
The Mother of Vedas.
Guru

Spiritual teacher, Master or Mentor.

H
Hanuman
One of many incarnations of Lord Shiva.
Havan
Making offerings in the holy fire to appease the desired deity.

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I
Indra

The king of gods. The god of rains.

J
Jal
Jap

Water.
Chant.

K
Kaamdev
The deity of Love and Sexual Desire.
Kali
The Eternal Night, first amongst the Ten Mahavidyas.
Kamala
The Goddess of Wealth, one of the ten Mahavidyas. Form of Goddess
Lakshmi.
Kar Nyas
A procedure of energizing the hands through Mantras.
Kartikeya
Elder son of Shiv and Parvati. Commander of the army of gods.
Kansya
Bronze.
Kavach
A shield of mantras for protection.

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Kriya
Kuber

Action or Process.
The God of Wealth. King of Yakshas and the Custodian of Treasures.

Kumbhak
The method of retaining breathed air in Pranayam
Kundalini
The awakening of condensed form of vital energy is known as 'Kundalini'

L
Lok

Sanskrit term for World.

M
Madhupark
Honey, ghee (clarified butter), milk and curd mixed togather in equal
proportion.
MahaNirvan Tantra
An ancient hindu text.
Mahalaxmi
Wife of Vishnu, a form of Kamala Mahavidya, goddess of wealth.
Mahasaraswati
Another name of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge.
Mahavidyas
The ten most prominent manifestations of Shakti, the eternal energy.
Mala
Rosary.
Manipurak Chakra
The third chakra of kundalini located in the vertebral column opposite the
naval region.

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Mantra
Mantra is a set of particular words in a particular configuration and rhythm.
Mantra Maharnav
An ancient hindu text on mantra.
Marjan
Offering mixture of milk and water to deity.
Markandeya Puran
An ancient Hindu text.
Matangi
The goddess who loves pollution, one of the ten Mahavidyas.
Mauli
Protective string.
Mudra
Signs made using fingers and palm.
Muladhar Chakra
The first chakra of kundalini situated in the basal region of the vertebral
column at the mid spot between anus and reproductive organ.

N
Naivedya
Food offered to the Deity.
Narad
Son of Lord Bramha and Goddess Saraswati. Rishi of Gods.
Neel Saraswati
Another name of Tara, the goddess who guides through trouble, one of the
ten Mahavidyas.

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P
Padya

Water offered to the deity for washing feet.

Panchamrut
Mixture of Honey, Ghee (clarified butter), Milk, Curd and Sugar in proportion.
Panchopachar Poojan
Ritual with five elements.
Parad
Mercury.
Parvati
Consort of Lord Shiva. Another manifestation of Goddess Mahakali.
Poojan
Method of worship, a ritual.
Poorak
Inhalation in Pranayam.
Pranayam
A yogic practice of breath control.
Pushpa
Flower. Specially used to make offering to the deity.

R
Rajat
Silver.
Rati

Rati, consort to Madan or Kaamdev.


Rechak
Exhalation in Pranayam.
Rigved
One of The Four Vedas comprising of 10522 Verses.

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Rishi
A Sage, hermit or an ascetic.
Rishiyadinyas
The method of energizing the body using the power of Rishis.

S
Sadhana
Training the mind and body to attain celestial capabilities. An intense form of
worship where a Sadhak attains Siddhi.
Sahastrar Chakra
The seventh chakra of kundalini situated at the crown of the head.
Samidha
Wooden stick used in havan.
Samved
One of The Four Vedas comprising of 1984 Verses.
Saraswati
The Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom. Aim is the Beej or Seed Mantra for
invoking the Goddess.
Shiva
The Destroyer, one of the trinity of gods.
Shiv Puran
An S Hindu text.
Shmashaan
Crematory.
Shodashopachar Poojan
Ritual by means of Sixteen Elements.
Siddhi
Snan

Accomplishment achieved in Sadhana.


Bath.

Swadhishthan Chakra
The second chakra of kundalini situated in the vertebral column opposite the
reproductive organ.

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T
Taamra
Copper.
Tantra
A Technique of worshipping in a systemized way.
Tara
The goddess who guides through trouble, one of the ten Mahavidyas.
Tarpan
Offering mixture of milk and water to deity.
Teevra
Very Intense & Concentrated.
Tilak
A mark on forehead (Ajna or Aagya Chakra) usually prepared of sandalwood
paste.
Trilok
Trilok is a Sanskrit word that means "Three Worlds.
Tripura Bhairavi
Also recognized as Kala-Bhairavi is the presiding goddess of this decayingworld.
Tripur Sundari
The teenager goddess, one of the ten Mahavidyas.

U
Ugra
Fierce.

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V
Varna Nyas
A procedure of energizing alphabets through Mantras.
Vastra
Outfit worn during Sadhana or Religious Ritual.
Vidya
Knowledge.
Vishnu
The preserver, one of the trinity of gods.
Vishuddha Chakra
The fifth chakra of Kundalini positioned in the vertebral column opposite the
throat region.

Yagyopavit
A ritual string worn by men.
Yajurved
One of the Four Vedas comprising of 1875 verses.
Yakshini
A Demi goddess belongs to the class of supernatural entity, in some ways
similar to a Fairy or Apsaras.
Yam
The deity of death and ruler of hell.
Yantra
A Geometric Mystical Diagram inscribed on a metallic plate or manuscript
which holds the powers & benediction of the concerned God.
Yogini Hrudaya
An ancient sacred Hindu text.

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