Bhasmadhari, Bhasmadhārin, Bhasmadhārī, Bhasma-dhari, Bhasma-dharin, Bhasmadharin: 3 definitions

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Bhasmadhari 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bhasmadhari in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bhasmadhārin (भस्मधारिन्) refers to “those having the holy ashes smeared over the body”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.40 (“The Marriage Procession of Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] These and other leaders of Gaṇas of great strength and multitudinous in number joined the procession with joy and enthusiasm. They had a thousand hands. They wore matted hair and crowns. They were bedecked with streaks of the moon. They had three eyes and blue necks (like lord Śiva). All of them wore garlands of Rudrākṣa beads. They had the holy ashes smeared over the body (bhasmadhārin). They had the ornaments of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, crowns etc. [...]”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Bhasmadhari in Shaktism glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): (shaktism)

Bhasmadhārin (भस्मधारिन्) refers to “one wears ash (from the cremation ground)”, according to the 17th century Kaulagajamardana (“crushing the Kaula elephant”) authored by Kāśīnātha or Kṛṣṇānandācala.—Accordingly, [as Īśvara said to Pārvatī]: “Listen, O Pārvatī, I shall give a critique of the Pāṣaṇḍas. Knowing this, a wise man is not defeated by them. [...] He who wears ash from the cremation ground (bhasmadhārin) [śmaśānabhasmadhārī] and delights in wine and flesh; he who performs such [rites] as bathing and the junctures for [mere] worldly rewards; and he who is the vilest [of them all,] having become a hater of Viṣṇu, destroys everything; [all of them] are called Pāṣaṇḍas. [Now,] my dear, hear about the Kāpālika. [...]”

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhasmadhari in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bhasmadhāri (ಭಸ್ಮಧಾರಿ):—[noun] a man who has smeared his body with the sacred ash, made by burning cowdung cakes.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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