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mantramārga


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One of the two main branches of Śaivism described in the Śaiva Āgamas or Tantras (the other being the atimārga, or ‘outer path’). The mantramārga is open to both householders and ascetics; some of the latter are concerned not just with salvation but also with the cultivation of siddhis (‘supernatural powers’). Its large body of texts is divided between the Śiva- and Rudra-Āgamas which are authoritative for the Śaiva Siddhānta tradition, and the voluminous Bhairava Tantras of Kāpālika Tantrism.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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