Bhanumati, Bhānumatī: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

Bhānumatī (भानुमती):—Sixth of the eight Mahāmātṛs existing within the Mātṛcakra, according to the Kubjikāmatatantra. Bhānumatī stands for the “sun”. The eight Mahāmātṛs are also called mudrās because all the directions are ‘sealed’ by them.

Bhānumatī (as do each of the eight Mahāmātṛs) divides herself into eight (secondary) mātṛs, presided over by a Bhairava (fearsome manifestations of Śiva) and his Mātṛkā as consorts. The Mātṛs of this sixth and western group are born from Bhānumatī’s body. They are called the ‘Sun-Mothers’ and are presided over by Ruru Bhairava.

The eight deities originating from Bhānumatī are called:

  1. Tamohantā (‘Disperser of darkness’),
  2. Prabhā (‘light’),
  3. Mohā (‘Dazzlement’),
  4. Tejinī (‘Ardent’),
  5. Dahanī (‘Burning’),
  6. Dinā (‘Day’),
  7. Jvalanī (‘Flaming’)
  8. and Śoṣaṇī (‘Drying Up’).

They embody several qualities expressive of the sun’s burning heat and glaring light.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Bhānumatī (भानुमती).—The daughter of Bhānu, a leader of the Yādavas. When Śrī Kṛṣṇa went with his retinue of Yādavas to visit the holy palace called Piṇḍāraka the Yādavas conducted a wine festival. During that festival a demon of the name Nikumbha carried away Bhānumatī. This was because of a curse to Bhānumatī from Durvāsas whom Bhānumatī did not respect once when they met at the garden of Raivata. Durvāsas had after the curse consoled her by assuring her that she would be saved and married by Sahadeva, one of the Pāṇḍavas. True to this, Bhānumatī was married to Sahadeva in the presence of Nārada and Kṛṣṇa. (Viṣṇu Parva, Chapter 90).

2) Bhānumatī (भानुमती).—Daughter of Kṛtavīrya. She was the wife of Ahaṃyati, a king of the Pūru line of monarchs. They had a son named Sārvabhauma.

3) Bhānumatī (भानुमती).—Daughter of Aṅgiras. She was extraordinarily beautiful. (Śloka 3, Chapter 218, Vana Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Bhānumatī (भानुमती).—The wife of Sagara and mother of Asamanjasa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 12. 39, 42.

1b) The chief among the 10,000 queens of Dharmamūrti, the king of Bṛhatkalpa; wife of the goldsmith, Śauṇḍa in previous birth; was born again as queen for her services in connection with a gift of Lavaṇācala by Līlāvatī (s.v.).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 92. 19-24.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Bhānumatī (भानुमती) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.90.15). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Bhānumatī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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