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or Sak·ti

noun Hinduism.
  1. the female principle or organ of generative power.
  2. the wife of a deity, especially of Shiva.Compare Divine Mother.
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Origin of Shakti

From the Sanskrit word śakti
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  • This is why, in India, woman has been described as the symbol of Shakti, the creative power.

    Creative Unity

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • It has been said by one: beware the left, the cult of Shakti.


    James Joyce

  • In some cases a single female personating the Shakti is to be procured.

    Phallic Miscellanies

    Hargrave Jennings

  • Such is the preliminary called the purification of the Shakti.

    Phallic Miscellanies

    Hargrave Jennings

  • The Great God thus addresses Shakti, when he asks her to describe the duties of women.

British Dictionary definitions for shakti


  1. a variant of Sakti
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Word Origin and History for shakti



from Sanskrit saknoti "is able, is strong," from PIE root *kak- "to enable, help."

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