Definitions for "Tantras"
Scriptures that teach mantra chanting and Deity worship, especially for persons not initiated into study of the original Vedas. There are separate tantras for Vaishnavas and Saivites. The most important Vaishnava tantras are the Pancaratra Agamas.
Vedic literatures consisting mostly of dialogues between Lord Çiva and Durgä. They contain instructions on Deity worship and other aspects of spiritual practice.
Religious books of the Shaktas, a Hindu cult who worships the female principle.