Pancha Kanchukas



Pancha Kanchukas are the five outer coverings or sheaths of consciousness in Kashmir Shaiva Philosophy. The five Kanchukas are:

Kala
Vidya
Raga
Kaala and
Niyati.

The background on which the pancha kanchukas remain steadily abiding is maya, the deluding aspect of Shiva, who is pure consciousness in essence. When maya is counted under the Kanchukas, the number becomes six – Sat Kanchukas.