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A sixteenth part; a digit as one-sixteenth of the moon's diameter. Tantra uses the term in a variety of contexts; notably, in Śaiva Siddhānta ritual, kalās refer to parts of the deity's body, superimposed by the recitation of mantras (kalā-nyāsa), either on an image, or on the ritualist's own body.

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