Amritesha, Amṛteśa, Amrita-isha: 6 definitions


Amritesha 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.

The Sanskrit term Amṛteśa can be transliterated into English as Amrtesa or Amritesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Amritesha in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Amṛteśa (अमृतेश) refers to a form of Bhairava in the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Both the Svacchandatantra and Netratantra belong to the category of Bhairavatantras. Their main deities are manifestations of Śiva in his fierce Bhairava form. In the Netra-tantra, Bhairava’s ultimate manifestation is Amṛteśa, a formless deity who bestows relief from ailments to a ritual benefactor and conquers death. Amṛteśa carries many names, including Mṛtyujit and Mṛtyuñjaya.

[The universality of Amṛteśa]:—Chapter nine of the Netratantra begins with Pārvatī enquiring about the universality of Amṛteśa. She asks how he is able to confer siddhis on practitioners who follow other philosophical or textual traditions. This allows Śiva to explain that Amṛteśa himself is formless. When a disciple meditates on Amṛteśa he can do so using the image of any deity. Ultimately, the worship of all deities is the worship of Amṛteśa.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Nirukta (Sanskrit etymology)

[«previous next»] — Amritesha in Nirukta glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra (etymology)

Amṛteśa (अमृतेश) stems  from amṛta, from the root √mṛ with the negative prefix a, meaning “non-death”; Netra derives from √, the verbal root meaning “to protect”; and Mṛtyujit stems from mṛtyu, with the verbal root √mṛ, “to die”, combined with √ji, “to conquer”. This is combined with the word “god”, īśa. Though all are the same deity, these names demonstrate the different aims for which people worship him. Some seek relief from worldly ailments, others to overcome death, and finally mokṣa.

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Nirukta (निरुक्त) or “etymology” refers to the linguistic analysis of the Sanskrit language. This branch studies the interpretation of common and ancient words and explains them in their proper context. Nirukta is one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Amritesha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amṛteśa (अमृतेश).—Name of Śiva.

Derivable forms: amṛteśaḥ (अमृतेशः).

Amṛteśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amṛta and īśa (ईश). See also (synonyms): amṛteśvara.

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

Amṛteśa (अमृतेश):—[from a-mṛta > a-mūla] m. ‘lord of the immortals’, Name of Śiva, [Padma-purāṇa]

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Amritesha 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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