Bhuvanatraya, Bhuvana-traya: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Bhuvanatraya (भुवनत्रय) refers to the “three worlds”, 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, “The Khañjinīmata consisting of 1,000 million (verses) [i.e., śatakoṭi] has been uttered . In this way, Śāmbhavīśakti that has no end has become infinite. Śāmbhava, Śākta, and Āṇava have come about by her impulse. She abides (thus) in the three worlds [i.e., bhuvanatraya] as will, knowledge and action. Bhairava, tranquil and free of defects, resides above Meru. He is rich with the jewels of countless qualities and is encompassed by millions of Rudras”.

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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)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bhuvanatraya (भुवनत्रय) [=Tribhuvana?] refers to the “three worlds”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.5.—Accordingly, as Menā said to Goddess Śivā (i.e., Umā/Durgā):—“O Śivā, Hail, Hail! O great goddess, If you consider me worthy of a boon, I shall choose one. O mother of the universe, at first let me have a hundred sons endowed with longevity, heroism, prosperity and accomplishments. After that let me have a daughter of comely features and good qualities who will delight both the families and who will be revered by the three worlds [i.e., bhuvanatraya-pūjitā]. O Śivā, be my daughter for fulfilling the needs of the gods. O Goddess, be Rudra’s wife and indulge in divine sports with the lord”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhuvanatraya (भुवनत्रय).—the three worlds (the earth, atmosphere, and heaven; or heaven, earth, and lower regions).

Derivable forms: bhuvanatrayam (भुवनत्रयम्).

Bhuvanatraya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhuvana and traya (त्रय).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhuvanatraya (भुवनत्रय).—n.

(-yaṃ) The three worlds: heaven, atmosphere and earth. E. bhuvana, traya triad.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhuvanatraya (भुवनत्रय).—[neuter] the three worlds (heaven, atmosphere & earth).

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

Bhuvanatraya (भुवनत्रय):—[=bhuvana-traya] [from bhuvana > bhū] n. the three w° (heaven, atmosphere, and earth), [Śakuntalā]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhuvanatraya (भुवनत्रय):—[bhuvana-traya] (yaṃ) 1. n. The three worlds.

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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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