From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dakṣiṇācāra literally means ‘the right hand path or conduct’.

Source of Religious Practices[edit]

The religious practices prevalent in the modern society are influenced greatly by:

  1. The purāṇas
  2. The āgamas
  3. The tantras

Types of Sādhanas[edit]

The tantras are mainly works connected with the cult of Śakti or the Divine Mother. These tāntrik works present seven types of ācāras or modes of sādhana. They are again regrouped into two:

  1. The Dakṣiṇācāra
  2. The Vāmācāra

Characteristics of Dakṣiṇācāra[edit]

The characteristics of Dakṣiṇācāra are:

  1. The worship of the goddess Dakṣiṇakālikā
  2. Following the Vedic modes of pujā and sādhanā
  3. The belief in the varṇāśrama system


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore