Abhayada, Abhaya-da, Abhayadā: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Abhayada in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Abhayada (अभयद, “fearlessness”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Abhayadavināyaka, Abhayadagaṇeśa and Abhayadavighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.

Abhayada is positioned in the South-Eastern corner of the fourth circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Dashashvamedha, in Shulatankeshvara Temple, D 17 / 111”. Worshippers of Abhayada will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the giver of fearlessness”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.18398, Lon. 83.00631 (or, 25°11'02.3"N, 83°00'22.7"E) (Google maps)

Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

Abhayada, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Abhayada (अभयद).—The son of Manasyu and father of Sudyu.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 1.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

1) Abhayadā (अभयदा) is the name of a Yakṣiṇī mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Abhayadā).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Abhayada (अभयद).—a. giving a guarantee or promise of safety; भयेष्वभयदः (bhayeṣvabhayadaḥ) Rām.; °प्रद (prada); ऐश्वर्यमभयप्रदः (aiśvaryamabhayapradaḥ) Manusmṛti 4.232.

-daḥ an Arhat of the Jainas; Name of Viṣṇu.

Abhayada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms abhaya and da (द). See also (synonyms): abhayadāyin, abhayaprada.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhayada (अभयद).—m.

(-daḥ) A protector, a defender. mfn.

(-daḥ-dā-daṃ) Removing fear or danger. E. abhaya fearlessness, da who gives; also with pra prefix abhayaprada.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhayada (अभयद).—[adjective] giving safety.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Abhayada (अभयद):—[=a-bhaya-da] [from a-bhaya] mfn. giving fearlessness or safety

2) [v.s. ...] m. an Arhat of the Jainas

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a king (the son of Manasyu and father of Sudhanvan), [Harivaṃśa; Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhayada (अभयद):—[tatpurusha compound] 1. m. f. n.

(-daḥ-dā-dam) Granting safety, removing fear or danger. Comp. abhayandada and abhayaprada. 2. m.

(-daḥ) 1) A Jaina Arhat.

2) A proper name: the son of Manasyu (a descendant of Puru) and father of Dhundu (according to the Vāyu-Pur.; the son of Manasyu and father of Sudhanwan, according to the Harivaṃśa and BrahmaPur.; the Viṣṇu-Pur. reads instead of Abhayada, Bhayada and instead of Dhundu, Sudyumna; comp. Wilson's V. P. p. 447 n. 1. and Lassen's Ind. Alt. 1. Anhang p. xx n. 7.). 3. f.

(-dā) The name of a plant (Phyllanthus emblica). E. abhaya and da.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Abhayada (अभयद):—[a-bhayada] (daḥ) 1. m. A defender.

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Abhayada in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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