navagraha worshipped as deities
selvakum at VALLUVAR.UWATERLOO.CA
Thu Apr 16 10:28:20 EDT 1998
@As far as I am aware, there has still been no posting with information
@about the worship of the planets in `agamic' sources. Here are just
@Among the few surviving demonstrably early (i.e. known to writers of
@the lineage of the 10th-century Kashmirian commentator Raamaka.n.tha II)
@Tantras of the "Saiva Siddhaanta, the Kira.natantra (the earliest
@MS of which is dated to 924 AD) devotes a brief chapter (15 verses) to
@the topic: pa.tala 29. In the Devakottai edition of 1932 this is
@given the title grahayaagavidhi and appears as the 17th chapter of the
@A South Indian Saiddhaantika anthology of quotations culled from
@Siddhaantatantras and Saiddhaantika paddhatis called the
@Sakalaagama[saara]sa"ngraha devotes ten verses (411--422b) to
@navagrahapuujaa, attributing them to the Kira.na. The verses in
@question are not found in the Kira.na. (The
@Sakalaagama[saara]sa"ngraha is transmitted with considerable
@variation---as are a few other works of the same and similar
@titles---in a number of South Indian MSS. The numeration I give is
@that of the version published from Madras in 1974 by the South Indian
@The eclectic Saiddhaantika Tantra[saara]paddhati of (the supposedly
@Keralan) Ii"saana"sivagurudeva gives `dhyaana"slokas' for all 9 grahas
@in verses 7--15 of pa.tala 12 of its Kriyaapaada.
@Doubtless other accounts could be found in other tantric sources,
@particularly in relatively late Siddhaantas transmitted
@in the Tamil-speaking South, but since many are not published, and
I've a few questions:
(1) What are the oldest sources(texts) of 'Kashmiri Saivism' ?
(2) What are the oldest 'north indian' saiva siddhaanta sources ?
(3) Are any of these source material available in english in libraries
in north america ?
(4) What exactly is meant by your words 'in relatively late Siddhaantas
transmitted in the Tamil-speaking South' ? I'm interested in
knowing what this 'relatively late' means in this context and
what is meant by 'Tamil-speaking South'. Are you merely referring to
a region or referring to Sanskrit and other non-tamil
texts authored by people living in
Tamil-speaking lands or Tamil texts which are supposed to be
derived or translated from other languages or other traditions
(north indian) and transmitted?
[ I'm sure there are better ways of formulating my questions :-) ]
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
@since even those published have appeared only in relatively
@inaccessible South Indian editions, probably the only place to find
@them all would be the French Institute in Pondicherry, which houses a
@vast collection of manuscripts and books of the "Saiva Siddhaanta.
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