Ashtavaktra, Aṣṭāvaktra, Aṣṭavaktra, Ashta-vaktra: 2 definitions
Ashtavaktra 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 terms Aṣṭāvaktra and Aṣṭavaktra can be transliterated into English as Astavaktra or Ashtavaktra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Aṣṭāvaktra (अष्टावक्त्र).—See under Aṣṭāvakra.Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Aṣṭavaktra (अष्टवक्त्र) refers to a “Rudraksha with eight faces”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.25, while explaining the greatness of Rudrākṣa:—“[...] a Rudrākṣa with eight faces (aṣṭavaktra) is called Vasumūrti and Bhairava. By wearing it a man lives the full span of life. After death he becomes the Trident-bearing lord (Śiva)”.
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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