Ardhanarisha, Ardhanārīśa, Ardha-narisha: 7 definitions



Ardhanarisha 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 Ardhanārīśa can be transliterated into English as Ardhanarisa or Ardhanarisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Ardhanārīśa (अर्धनारीश), one of the fifty Rudras according to the Caryāpāda section of the Makuṭāgama (one of the 28 Saiva Siddhanta Agamas).

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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)

Ardhanārīśa (अर्धनारीश) or Ardhanārīśamūrti refers to one of the sixteen forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Dīptāgama: the sixth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgamas. The forms of Śiva (e.g., Ardhanārīśa) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

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

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Triveni: Journal (shaivism)

The worship of Siva as Ardhanarisa by many people in our country is significant. ‘Ardhanari’ means’ Half-woman’ and it is one of the forms of Maheswar who is represented as half-male and half-female. It symbolises the Supreme Creator as a combination of the masculine and feminine forces of the world, and their union is such that they can never be separated.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Ardhanārīśa (अर्धनारीश).—a form of Śiva, (half male and half female) cf.... पतिरपि जगता- मर्धनारीश्वरोऽभूत् (patirapi jagatā- mardhanārīśvaro'bhūt) Sūkti.5.99.

Derivable forms: ardhanārīśaḥ (अर्धनारीशः).

Ardhanārīśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ardha and nārīśa (नारीश). See also (synonyms): ardhanārīśvara, ardhanārī, ardhanaṭeśvara.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ardhanārīśa (अर्धनारीश) or Arddhanārīśa.—m.

(-śaḥ) A name of Mahadeva. E. ardha, and nārī a woman, an īśa master; one of the forms of Siva, to which this name applies being half male and half female.

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

Ardhanārīśa (अर्धनारीश):—[=ardha-nārīśa] m. ‘the lord who is half female (and half male)’, a form of Śiva.

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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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