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While talking about Vedanga, we know that six Vedangas are mentioned in Mundaka Upanishad, Nirukta and in Puranas. Likewise I want to know which is the text that mentions or introduces six Darshanas, also known as Shad Darshanas (षड्दर्शनानि). Is the term Shada Darshana mentioned in Puranas or in any other text?

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  • Is the term Shada Darshana mentioned in Puranas or in any other text?


I have found the term mentioned in the KulArnava Tantram twice.

Shada-darsana mahAkupe patitAh pashavah priye|
ParamArtham na jAnanti pashupAshaniyantritAh ||

The Pashus are fallen into a giant well of the form of the six philosophies (Shadadarshana mahAkupa). Bounded by the PAshas, these persons do not know about the supreme truth (ParamArtha).

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Shada-darshanAni mehAngAni padau kukshih karau shirah |
Teshu bhedantu yah kurjAnmAngam chedayettu sah ||

The six philosophies are my six limbs viz:- two legs, two hands, the torso and the head. Discriminating between them is equivalent to cutting my limbs (Angachedana).

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The names of some of these philosophies (like VedAnta, MimAngsa etc) are found separately in the PurAna Devi BhAgavatam but probably the term Shad Darshana is not mentioned.

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    Very nice find Sir
    – Viraj
    Mar 9 '20 at 4:42
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    Thank you @Viraj sir :)
    – Rickross
    Mar 9 '20 at 6:27

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