Shri Vidya

!meru1 Shri Vidya (ISO: Śrī Vidyā; ; sometimes also spelled Sri Vidya or Shree Vidya) is a Hindu Tantric religious system devoted to the Goddess) as Lalitā Tripurasundarī (Beautiful Goddess of the Three worlds), Bhuvaneshvari, Maha Lakshmi, etc. A thousand names for this form of Devi are recited in the Lalita sahasranama, which includes Śrī Vidyā concepts. The sect accepts and aims to provide both material prosperity and self-realisation. It has an extensive literature. Details of belief vary in different texts but the general principles are similar to those found in Kashmir Shaivism. Although Shri Vidya is completely against Adi Shankara’s Advaita philosophy, in some parts of India, it is believed to be originated from him.

In the principally Shakta theology of Śrī Vidyā the goddess is supreme, transcending the cosmos that is her manifestation. She is worshiped in the form of a mystical diagram (Sanskrit: ), a central focus and ritual object composed of nine intersecting triangles, called the Shri Yantra or Śrī Cakra

Major texts

  • Paraśurāma-kalpasūtra
  • Sarada Tilaka
  • Soundarya Lahari
  • Tripura Rahasya
  • Bhavanopanishad.