Brahmashiras, Brahmaśiras, Brahma-shiras, Brahman-shiras: 5 definitions


Brahmashiras 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 Brahmaśiras can be transliterated into English as Brahmasiras or Brahmashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda

Brahmaśiras (ब्रह्मशिरस्) refers to a weapon (name of a missile). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Brahmaśiras (ब्रह्मशिरस्).—See Brahmāstra.

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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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Brahmaśiras (ब्रह्मशिरस्).—n. Name of a particular missile; अस्त्रं ब्रह्मशिरस्तस्मै ततस्तोषाद्ददौ गुरुः (astraṃ brahmaśirastasmai tatastoṣāddadau guruḥ) Bm.1.649.

Brahmaśiras is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and śiras (शिरस्). See also (synonyms): brahmaśīrṣan.

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

Brahmaśiras (ब्रह्मशिरस्).—[neuter] Brahman's head, [Name] of a mythical weapon.

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

Brahmaśiras (ब्रह्मशिरस्):—[=brahma-śiras] [from brahma > brahman] n. ‘Brahmā’s head’, Name of a mythical weapon, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Harivaṃśa] (also -śīrṣan, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa])

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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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