People of the Goddess
Shakta is a generic term for Indian traditions that honour the all-pervading feminine power (Shakti) and her many aspects and forms (shaktis).
Original drawing based on Devi Mahatmya chapter 8. © Colin Robinson 1995.
The word shakta is applied not only to persons, but also to sacred places - the shakta pithas - and to texts. It is used both for writings of the tantric class - shakta tantras - and devotional poetry - shakta padavali.
Certainly there are many differences between different forms of the shakta darshana or vision. Yet the word shakta itself implies that the differences arent the whole story...
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