Ashvagriva, aka: Aśvagrīva, Ashva-griva; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

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The Sanskrit term Aśvagrīva can be transliterated into English as Asvagriva or Ashvagriva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana

[Ashvagriva in Purana glossaries]

Aśvagrīva (अश्वग्रीव).—Son born to the Sage, Kaśyapa by his wife, Danu. (Śloka 24, Chapter 65, Ādi Parva, Mahābhārata).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Aśvagrīva (अश्वग्रीव).—A Dānava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 10.

1b) A son of Citraka.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 114; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 113.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Ashvagriva in Jainism glossaries]

Aśvagrīva (अश्वग्रीव) is the name of the first Prativāsudeva according to both Śvetāmbara and Digambara sources. Jain legends describe nine such Prativāsudevas (anti-heroes) usually appearing as powerful but evil antagonists instigating Vāsudeva by subjugating large portions of Bharata-land. As such, they are closely related with the twin brothers known as the Vāsudevas (“violent heroes”) and the Baladevas (“gentle heroes”).

The Prativāsudevas (such as Aśvagrīva) fight against the twin-heroes with their cakra-weapon but at the final moment are killed by the Vāsudevas. Their stories are narrated in the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita (“the lives of the sixty-three illustrious persons”), a twelfth-century Śvetāmbara work by Hemacandra.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Ashvagriva in Sanskrit glossaries]

Aśvagrīva (अश्वग्रीव).—

1) Name of a demon who was a foe of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: aśvagrīvaḥ (अश्वग्रीवः).

Aśvagrīva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśva and grīva (ग्रीव).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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