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Akshamala, aka: Akṣamālā; 5 Definition(s)


Akshamala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Akṣamālā can be transliterated into English as Aksamala or Akshamala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


Akṣamālā (अक्षमाला)—One of the Heavenly ornaments according to the Vāyu Purāṇa. In the seventh Rasātala (i.e., Pātāla) rules king Bali adorned with an akṣamālā.

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

Akṣamālā (अक्षमाला).—Of Śeṣa; see akṣasūtra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 50.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Akṣamālā (अक्षमाला, “rosary”) .—An object being held by the four-armed Sarasvatī;—According to the Viṣṇudharmottara-purāṇa 3.64.4, the rosary in Sarasvatī’s hand represents time. The rosary is most commonly called akṣamālā, where akṣa is the seed or the fruit of the Terminalia bellerica tree (vibhīdaka/vibhītaka). The rosary is made from the seeds of this tree, strung up into a garland (mālā). Whereas in the Viṣṇudharmottara-purāṇa 3.64.2 Sarasvatī’s rosary is referred to as akṣamālā, in the Matsya-purāṇa 66.10, it is called akṣamaṇi, a necklace of akṣa. Sūtra, ‘thread, string’, is also sometimes used instead of mālā, as in the Matsya-purāṇa 261.25, where Brahmāṇī carries an akṣasūtra.

Source: Google Books: Sarasvatī: Riverine Goddess of Knowledge (iconography)

Akṣamālā (अक्षमाला) is the rosary of beads. The beads are either rudrākṣa or kamalākṣa in variety, and the rosary is found in the hands of Brahmā, Sarasvatī and Śiva, though rarely in association with other deities.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Akṣamālā (अक्षमाला):—The rosary (akṣamālā) is said to be of tow kinds: created and uncreated. The created one is made of beads; the uncreated one [consists of] the syllables of the alphabet. It is called a-kṣa-mālā because it consists of the bead-like syllables from a to kṣa. The excellent knower of mantras should count these in regular and reversed order. A single result is produced by counting the number of repetitions with the fingers; the result is tenfold when counting by drawing lines on the ground, wall, etc.; it is 100,000-fold when counting with precious stones; it is said to be infinite when count with rubies.

Source: Google Books: Ritual and Speculation in Early Tantrism

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