Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Tantrika Mean?

Tantrika is a Sanskrit word that means “relating to Tantra.” Tantra is a Hindu spiritual practice (sadhana) based on religious and mystical texts devoted to goddess worship and shakti (divine feminine energy). It is also the name used to describe this collection of texts (Tantras).

Tantrika, generally, describes a scholar immersed in the study of science or a system. More specifically, it can be defined in several ways:

  • As a noun — someone who adheres to the sadhana of Tantra
  • As an adjective — describing the Tantras (texts) and their doctrines, or the rituals of worshiping the goddess within

Yogapedia Explains Tantrika

Tantrika is derived from the root word, tan, meaning “to weave” or “to expand,” and tra, meaning “to protect” or “to liberate.” It, therefore, describes a belief in expanding knowledge to achieve liberation.

While tantrika describes the classification of rituals based on the Tantras, the term, vaidika, refers to the rituals based on the Vedas, the oldest scriptures in Hinduism. Tantrika also dates to ancient times.

Some sects of Tantrism delve into occult-like practices, including rites that connect sex with higher consciousness.

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