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asana
special, symbolic posture, seated or standing, used in yoga and in the representation of the gods
attribute
an object or physical characteristic used as an identifying symbol
avatar
appearance of a deity in another form
circumambulate
to walk around (something) in a complete circle, as a ritual of respect
consort
the spouse of a deity
dharma
law; religious moral or duty
discus
a round disk thrown as a weapon in ancient India; attribute of Vishnu
garbagriha
"womb chamber" the inner, shrine of a Hindu temple
incarnation
"to be made flesh;" that is, to be born into the world
karma
the total actions in a person's life that determine the next state of existence
linga
symbol of creativity and fertility in the form of the male sexual organ
mace
a heavy club used as a weapon and symbol of authority; attribute of Vishnu
moksha
"release" or "liberation" of the soul from reincarnation and its union with the Divine; the goal of Hinduism
mudra
symbolic hand position
naga
serpent
prana
the breath of life; the vital breathe or spirit
reincarnation
to be born again as another form of life or into another class of human society
shaivite
worshiper of Shiva; having to do with the worship of Shiva
shaakta
worshiper of Shakti, the Goddess
shakti
the Goddess; female energy and power of a deity, often represented as a goddess beside Shiva with the two representing the female and male principles of the universe
shikara
dome-like cap to the pyramidal tower of a South Indian Hindu temple or the entire tower of a North Indian temple
transmigration
the passing of a soul at death into another body
trident
a three-pronged spear; attribute of Shiva
vaishnavite
worshiper of Vishnu, having to do with the worship of Vishnu
vedas
the four religious books of sacred knowledge and priestly rituals of the Brahmans composed in the first millennium B.C.E.
vehicle
animal mount of a deity which identifies the god or goddess
yoni
symbol of creativity and fertility in the form of the female sex organ