Angirasi, Aṅgirasī, Āṅgirasī, Aṅgīrasī: 4 definitions


Angirasi means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Angirasi in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Āṅgirasī (आङ्गिरसी).—A very chaste wife of a Brahmin. By the curse of Śakti, son of Vasiṣṭha Kalmāṣapāda, a king of the Ikṣvāku dynasty became a demon. That demon killed and devoured the husband of Āṅgirasī. Enraged at this the Brahmin lady cursed Kalmāṣapāda saying that if he touched his wife thereafter he would die. That was why Vasiṣṭha had to beget a son for Kalmāṣapāda of his wife. (Ślokas 16-22, Chapter 181, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Aṅgirasī (अङ्गिरसी).—A river of Plakṣadvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 4.

2) Āṅgirasī (आङ्गिरसी).—The wife of Vasu and mother of Viśvakarman.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 15.
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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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A term of affection (Radiant One) used by Pancasikha in addressing Suriyavaccasa (D.ii.265). The Commentary (DA.iii.701) explains that she was so called because her limbs shone (ange rasmiyo assati Angirasi.)

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Aṅgirasī (अङ्गिरसी) refers to one of the various Nakṣatras 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 Aṅgirasī).

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

Āṅgirasī (आङ्गिरसी):—[from āṅgirasa] f. a female descendant of Aṅgiras, [Mahābhārata i, 6908; iii, 14128.]

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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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