By Swami Harshananda
Śākta literally means ‘worshiper of Śakti or Divine Mother’.
Worshipers of God, in religion, are generally divided into three groups:
- The vaiṣṇavas
- The śaivas
- The śāktas
Viṣṇu, Śiva and Śakti are respectively, the deities they worship. Of course, even these deities are the facets of Brahman, the Absolute. The religion and the philosophy of the Śāktas is contained in the tantras.
- Śakti means Divine Mother, Pārvatī and her aspects.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore