Ankushamudra, Aṅkuśamudrā, Ankusha-mudra, Āṅkuśamudrā: 3 definitions

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Ankushamudra 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.

The Sanskrit terms Aṅkuśamudrā and Āṅkuśamudrā can be transliterated into English as Ankusamudra or Ankushamudra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

[«previous next»] — Ankushamudra in Vaishnavism glossary
Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Āṅkuśamudrā (आङ्कुशमुद्रा) refers to:—Represents a goad. used while invoking the holy rivers into the pañca-pātra. (cf. Glossary page from Arcana-dīpikā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Aṅkuśamudrā (अङ्कुशमुद्रा) refers to the “hook gesture” [i.e., oṃ vajrāṅkuśa jaḥaṅkuśa mudrā kyane], according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.

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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

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

Aṅkuśamudrā (अङ्कुशमुद्रा).—[aṅkuśākārā mudrā] a mark resembling a goad in form (ṛjvīṃ ca madhyamāṃ kṛtvā tanmadhyaṃ parvamūlataḥ | tarjanīṃ kiñcidākuñcet sā mudrāṅkuśasaṃjñitā ||).

Aṅkuśamudrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṅkuśa and mudrā (मुद्रा).

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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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