Bhayanashana, Bhayanāśana, Bhaya-nashana: 5 definitions


Bhayanashana 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 Bhayanāśana can be transliterated into English as Bhayanasana or Bhayanashana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Bhayanashana in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Bhayanāśana (भयनाशन) (Cf. Bhayanāśanī) refers to “one who destroys fear”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Pūrṇā (i.e., Pūrṇāmaṅgalā) is in the northwest and she sits on a vulture. She has one face, three eyes and two hands in which she holds a sword and, in the left, a severed head. She is a female warrior and, extremely fierce, she laughs loudly. She wears a deerskin. (Here) in the north-west, she destroys fear [i.e., bhayanāśanī]. Worshipped, she quickly bestows the boons and fruits of the adept’s (practice)”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bhayanashana in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bhayanāśana (भयनाशन) refers to “(one who is the) destroyer of the fear”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.23 (“Attempt of Himavat to dissuade Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to the Gods and others: “O gods, listen with pleasure and attention to my words. The lord, the destroyer of the fear [i.e., bhayanāśana] of gods, will not consume you in fire. Considering Śiva to be benevolent you shall shrewdly seek refuge in Him. We shall all seek refuge in Śiva, the ancient Puruṣa, the lord, of excellent features, greater than the greatest, the supreme self, the great one resorting to penance”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Bhayanashana in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Bhayanāśana (भयनाशन) refers to “destroying the dangers (of saṃsāra)”, according to the Guhyasūtra, the largest book of the Niśvāsa-corpus (a collection of early Śaiva Tantras comprising the Niśvāsamukha, Mūlasūtra, Uttarasūtra, Nayasūtra, and Guhyasūtra).—Accordingly, “[...] (110) Knowing this, one should not give [lightly] the supreme nectar of Lord Śiva. (111) According to this scripture of the Lord, one may attain Śiva by each of the following [practised individually]: initiation, knowledge, yoga and caryā in due order. [...] (114) This tetrad has been taught to destroy the dangers of Saṃsāra (saṃsāra-bhayanāśana). It should not [lightly] be given to others if one desires supernatural power for oneself”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Bhayanāśana (भयनाशन).—removing fear.

-naḥ Name of Viṣṇu; भयकृद् भयनाशनः (bhayakṛd bhayanāśanaḥ) V. Sah.

Bhayanāśana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhaya and nāśana (नाशन).

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

1) Bhayanāśana (भयनाशन):—[=bhaya-nāśana] [from bhaya] mfn. removing fear

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Viṣṇu, [Apte’s 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 (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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