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The word yoni (Sanskrit योिन yoni) is the Sanskrit word for "Divine Passage", "Place of birth", "Womb" (more as nature as a womb and cradle of all creations) or "sacred Temple" (cf. lila). The word also has a wider meaning in both profane and spiritual contexts, covering a range of meanings of "place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable" (Monier-Williams). The yoni is also considered to be symbolic of Shakti or other goddesses of a similar nature.