Bhuteshvara, Bhūteśvara, Bhuta-ishvara: 10 definitions

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Bhuteshvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Bhūteśvara can be transliterated into English as Bhutesvara or Bhuteshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Bhūteśvara (भूतेश्वर) refers to a sacred place of Kaśmīra as related to Gonanda by Bṛhadaśva according to the Nīlamata-purāṇa.—Gonanda’s inquiry about the sacred places of Kaśmīra lead to Bṛhadaśva’s reply referring to various places dedicated to Śiva and other deities. Two names, Bhūteśvara and Kapaṭeśvara, raise Gonanda’s curiosity which, leads Bṛhadaśva to relate Bhūteśvara Māhātmya containing the story of a Brāhmaṇa Śilāda and his son Nandī and Kapaṭeśvara Māhātmya explaining the name of Śiva who appeared before the sages in the guise of logs of wood.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Source: Devotees Vaishnavas: Śrī Garga Saṃhitā

kṣattā śrī-mathurāyāś ca nāmnā bhūteśvaraḥ śivaḥ |
dattvā daṇḍaṃ pātakine bhakty-arthān mantratāṃ vrajat
|| Sri Garga Samhita 5.24.9

The gatekeeper of Śrī Mathurā is an incarnation of Lord Śiva named Bhūteśvara. He punishes the sinful and instructs the devotees.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Bhūteśvara (भूतेश्वर)—A holy place on the bank of the Yamunā which Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu visited. (Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta, Madhya–17.191)

Source: Google Books: The Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Ancient Kashmir and its Influences

1) According to the Nandikṣetramāhātmya 165-168 (from the Śarvāvatāra):

“Mortals are liberated by beholding Bhūteśvara, the Lord of Creatures, adorned with his faces of Śarva (=Śiva), Nandin, Mahākāla and the Goddess. I allow, O hero, that you should reside in my face at the rear. Bhūteśvara [though he] is all things, resides within [this holy place] Sutīrtha. Śrīkaṇṭha (=Śiva) is established in his east-facing face, Mahākāla in the south-facing, Nandirudra in the west-facing [at the rear], and the Goddess in the north-facing. In the faces of the god Bhūteśvara one beholds as the great reward of the Nandikṣetra these (four), the Goddess, Nandin, Mahā[kāla] and Śiva.”

2) According to the Haracaritacintāmaṇi 84-85 (Kāvyamāla ed.):

“O lord, may the fishes in the lake which were nourished by my flesh become hordes of Bhūtas at your command; and may I become their master with the name Bhūteśvara (‘Lord of Bhūtas’)”

3) According to the Nīlamatapurāṇa 1108, 1119-1120 (ed. K. de Vreese)

O [Nandin,] the best among my Gaṇas, I shall become Bhūteśvara Śiva and dwell with you in the eastern part [of a single idol] only one yojana from here.

And Vasiṣṭha, of great fame, established Bhūteśvara Śiva with all the many gods in the vicinity of Jyeṣṭheśvara and then established Nandin as his western form.

Translations by Prof. Alexis Sanderson.

Source: Oxford Reference: A Dictionary of Hinduism

Bhūteśvara (Bhūtanātha) (‘lord of spirits): An epithet of various gods, most commonly of Śiva as the haunter of cremation grounds.

India history and geogprahy

Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)

Bhūteśvara (भूतेश्वर) is the name of a sacred spot mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Bhūteśvara is located on the mountain spur stretching south east from the Haramukuṭa and still known as Buthser.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhūteśvara (भूतेश्वर).—an epithet of Śiva; भूयः स भूतेश्वर- पार्श्ववर्ती (bhūyaḥ sa bhūteśvara- pārśvavartī) R.2.46.

Derivable forms: bhūteśvaraḥ (भूतेश्वरः).

Bhūteśvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhūta and īśvara (ईश्वर).

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

Bhūteśvara (भूतेश्वर):—[from bhūta > bhū] m. ‘lord of (evil) beings’, Name of Śiva, [Prabodha-candrodaya; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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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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