(Last Updated on : 03/02/2011)
Tantric Works and practices have influenced all the religions of India. There is still a considerable number of works in manuscripts in different collections of India. Tantric Literature falls under 'Agamas' that concentrate on a particular aspect of the almighty and enjoyment is necessary for salvation. Tantric Literature begins with creation of the world and ends with the end of the world or the beginning.
Some of the important Tantric texts are Guhyasamaya, Manjusir Moolakalpa, Rudrayamala, Brahmayamala which were written by Buddhist monks.
The major works on the Agamashastra of Kashmir are Mdlinivijaya, Svacchanda, Vijhdnabhairava, Ucchusmabhairava, Anandabhairava, Mrgendra, Mdtanga, Netra, Naisvasa, Svayambhuva and Rudrayamala.
The main works of the Pratyabhijna literature are Sivadrishti of Somananda, Pratyabhijhdkarika of Utpala, Malinivijayottaravartika of Abhinavagupta, Pratyabhijnavimarsini of Abhinavagupta, Tantra loka of Abhinava, Tantrasara and Paramdrthasdra of Abhinavagupta, Pratyabhijndhadaya of Ksemaraja, disciple of Abhinava. The chief works of the Samhita class are Ahirbudhnya, Isvara, Pauskara, Parama, Sdttvata, Brihadbrahma, Janmadrthasdra and Jayakhya.
The Saundarya-lahari is a popular Tantric work which is attributed to Sankaracharya. The Varaha-tantra has fifty-four Tantras. There are many digests, commentaries, lexicons, for instance Tantrasara of the Bengali Krishnananda, Tantrabhidhdna and Mantrakosa.
Among the Buddhist Tantras the common ones are Arya-manjusrilmulakalpa, Hevajratantra, Prajnopaya-viniscaya-siddhi of Anangavajra.
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