Adhomukhi, Adhomukhī, Adhas-mukhi: 6 definitions


Adhomukhi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Adhomukhi in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Adhomukhī (अधोमुखी) refers to “one having the face downwards” and is used to describe the Goddess, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Ṛṣi Vyāsa said to the Goddess: “Although you are Mahāmāyā whose nature is emanation and, (symbolized by an inverted triangle), face downwards [i.e., adhomukhī]. And you are Māyā, the deity with three eyes (virūpākṣī), Kaśmalī by name. You are the construction of forms (mūrtiracanā) and, without parts, your nature is the Māyā, which is the womb (of creation) (bhaga). In this way, by the process (krama) of Māyā, I am Vyāsa whose nature is Śaṃkara. [...]”.

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha

Adhomukhī (अधोमुखी) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Adhomukhī] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: Nrisimha matrika-mandala

Adhomukhī (अधोमुखी) refers to one of the various Mātṛkā-Śaktis created by Rudra in order to destroy the clones that spawned from Andhaka’s body.—Accordingly, [...] Andhakāsura attempted to abduct Girājanandinī (Pārvatī) and thus ensued a fierce battle between Andhakāsura and the great Rudra, the Lord of Umā. Like raktabīja, every drop of blood that fell from the body of Andhaka created another Asura like him and in no time, the entire world was filled with Andhakas. To destroy the growing number of Andhakas, Rudra created innumerable Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Adhomukhī]. These Śaktis of immense power at once began to drink every drop of blood that flowed from the body of Andhaka, but they could still not effectively contain the emergence of more and more demons.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Adhomukhi in Ayurveda glossary
Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Adhomukhī (अधोमुखी):—Keeping mouth of the vessel downwards / Upside down

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Adhomukhi in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Adhomukhī (अधोमुखी) refers to “bending down one’s head”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.8.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Sage Nārada:—“O sage, all these details you mentioned to the lord of mountains. You told the previous history of Pārvatī that increased her pleasure and on hearing which, the lord of mountains, his wife and children were freed from all suspicions. On hearing the story from Nārada, Pārvatī bent down her head in bashfulness [i.e., adhomukhīlajjayādhomukhī] but her smile heightened the beauty of her face. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Adhomukhi in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Adhōmukhi (ಅಧೋಮುಖಿ):—

1) [noun] a woman with down-cast face.

2) [noun] the plant Coculus hirsutus of Menispermaceae family; ink berry plant.

3) [noun] the plant Trichodesma indicum of Boraginaceae family.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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