Anandapradayini, Ānandapradāyinī, Ananda-pradayini: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ānandapradāyinī (आनन्दप्रदायिनी) (Cf. Ānandapradāyin) refers to the “bestower of divine bliss” and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.30 (“The Celebration of Pārvatī’s Return”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Then the chief of mendicants begged of Himavat and Menā the hand of Pārvatī as alms. He, the source of great enjoyment did not accept anything else. The lord of mountains deluded by Śiva’s magic did not accede to this request. The mendicant too did not take anything. He vanished from the scene. Then Himavat and Menā realised that Śiva had deceived them and gone to His abode. After some pondering, they developed a feeling of devotion to Śiva who is the cause of salvation, the bestower of divine bliss (sarva-ānandapradāyin)”.

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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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