By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Savasadhana, ZavasAdhanA, shavasaadhanaa
Śavasādhanā literally means ‘a tāntrik practice involving a dead-body’.
Certain tāntrik works like the Kaulāvalinirnaya 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.
- Kaulāvalinirnaya 14.75-260
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore