Tantrika

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Tantrika (Skt., ‘relating to Tantra’). A Hindu classification of ritual (pūjā) in opposition to Vaidika (relating to Veda). Tantric ritual follows the basic Vedic pattern of daily rites (nitya), occasional rites (naimittika), and rites for the attainment of desires (kāma), but differs in content. See also TANTRA; TANTRISM.