Kularnava Tantra

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Kularnava Tantra Mean?

The “Kularnava Tantra” is a major text in the Kula tradition of Shaktism and Tantric Shaivism. The term comes from the Sanskrit, kula, meaning “family” or “clan”; arnava, meaning “ocean” or “sea”; and Tantra, which is a Hindu ritual or mystical text. It is typically translated as “Ocean of the Kula.”

One of the main focuses of this Tantra is guru devotion. The “Kularnava Tantra” also covers the philosophy of Tantrism, the doctrine of duties and the distinctive rituals, such as cakrapuja (feasts or gatherings) and panca-makara (the five substances used in puja).


Yogapedia Explains Kularnava Tantra

The “Kularnava Tantra,” which contains 2,058 verses, dates to between 1000 and 1400 C.E., and almost all later Tantric works have quoted from it extensively. It is traditionally considered the fifth section of the missing “Urdhvamnaya Tantra.”

While some of the content is esoteric and technical, much of it offers easily understood practical information about living in the Tantric yoga tradition, which includes worship of Shiva and Shakti. It further describes the search for Self-realization, which requires separating from desires and attachments, and it explains how to live a holy life.

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