From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śavasādhanā literally means ‘a tāntrik practice involving a dead-body’.

Certain tāntrik works like the Kaulāvalinirnaya[1] describe a terrible sādhanā involving a corpse whereby the aspirant can get what he wants, in a single night. He has to get the corpse of a man as per the instructions given in the works, wash it first, offer worship to it and then to Durgā or Kāli at a cemetery in the night. He has to repeat the prescribed mantra. If he is not frightened by the terrific sights and experiences and after following a long procedure he secures the fulfillment of his desires.


  1. Kaulāvalinirnaya 14.75-260
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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