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Bhringi, aka: Bhṛṅgī, Bhṛṅgi; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Bhringi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit terms Bhṛṅgī and Bhṛṅgi can be transliterated into English as Bhrngi or Bhringi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Bhṛṅgi (भृङ्गि).—Bhṛṅgi is three- legged and two-handed. He has a Jaṭa coiffuer. He wears necklaces and upavīta made of bells. Bhṛṅgi is supposed to have a rickety figure, with his skeletal frame prominently visible. But in this example, he is not represented so. He has a supple body but the idea of his skeleton is symbolically represented through prominently visible ribs on his chest.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

about this context:

Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.

Purāṇa

Bhṛṅgī (भृङ्गी) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there.

While the gaṇas such as Bhṛṅgī were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purāṇa

1a) Bhṛṅgi (भृङ्गि).—The head of a Śiva gaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 28; IV. 30. 75; 34. 89.

1b) An image of, in attendance on Śiva.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 259. 24; 266. 42.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Rasaśāstra (chemistry and alchemy)

Bhṛṅgī (भृङ्गी):—One of the sixty-eight Siddhauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs give siddhi (success) in mercurial operations. Even so, they are more powerful than rasa (mercury) itself. These may perform all the kāryas (‘effects’) and grant dehasiddhi (‘perfection of body’) and lohasiddhi (‘transmutation of base metals’) both.

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

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Rasaśāstra (रसशास्त्र, rasa-shastra) is an important branch of Āyurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasaśāstra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

General definition (in Hinduism)

The buzzing of the black bee (bhṛngī), symbolizing the guru, attracts the insect, which becomes so entranced that it is eventually transformed into a bhṛngī.

Source: Google Books: The Bijak of Kabir

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