Return to the womb: feminine creative imagery of arghya in a Tantric ritual

Deepak Shimkhada, Michael Reading
2015 International Journal of Dharma Studies  
This paper examines the Tantric ritual of the pouring of water from an arghyapatra from cultural, philosophical, and religious perspectives. The authors argue that the range of symbolic meanings within this ritual for multiple reasons goes far beyond its purely physical representation. On the part of the sadhaka there is indeed fertile ground for creatively perceiving the key elements of the ritual, which include water taking on a variety of new and expanded meanings, and the arghyapatra device
more » ... arghyapatra device itself representing the yoni and womb of the Goddess, to which the practitioner attempts a sacred return. © 2015 Shimkhada and Reading. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
doi:10.1186/s40613-015-0022-4 fatcat:buf737wqozbwzdtgoeym4gjxzq