Vijnanalalita Agama

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Vijnanalalita Agama Mean?

Vijnanalalita Agama is one of the four main divisions of the Vaisnava Agamas, a collection of scriptures of the Vaishnavism school of Hinduism in which Vishnu is worshiped as the supreme deity. From Sanskrit, vijnana means “wisdom,” “knowledge” and “science”; lalita means “elegant,” “cherished” and “desired”; and agama means “tradition” or “arrival.”

The agamas in general are collections of scriptures in several of the schools of Hinduism, the main ones being the aforementioned Vaisnava Agamas, the Shaiva Agamas (Shaivism) and the Shakta Agamas (Shaktism). The latter are typically called tantras.


Yogapedia Explains Vijnanalalita Agama

In addition to Vijnanalalita Agama, the main divisions of the Vaisnava Agamas are Vaikhanasa, Pancharatra and Pratishthasara. Typically, Pancharatra Agama is viewed as the most important of the four because it covers religious practices and rituals.

The agamas provide information about jnana (knowledge), kriyas (esoteric rituals), charyas (esoteric worship) and yoga. They detail how to build temples and how to hold religious festivals. The agamas also give specifics on social rules and even mantras, yantras and meditation.

Finally, written in both the ancient Sanskrit language and Tamil, the agamas appear to have both Vedic and non-Vedic origins.

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