Brahmatirtha, aka: Brahmatīrtha, Brahma-tirtha; 4 Definition(s)


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Dharmashastra (religious law)

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Brahmatīrtha (ब्रह्मतीर्थ):—According to Ganganatha Jha in his comparative notes on the Manusmṛti-manubhāṣya verse 2.58-59:

“The line beyond the base of the thumb is the Brahma-tīrtha; through that one should sip water thrice and then wash with water.” (Vashiṣṭha-Sṃṛti, 3. 29.)

“He should sip water through the Brahma-tīrtha.” (Viṣṇu-Sṃṛti, 62. 6)

“With hands between his knees, seated on a pure spot, facing the north or the east, the twice-born should sip water.” (Yajñavalkya, 1.18)

“One should sip water through the Brahma-tīrtha.” (Bodhāyana-Dharmasūtra, 1.5.11)

“The base of the thumb is the Brahma-tīrtha” (Bodhāyana-Dharmasūtra, 5.1.12-13)

“For the twice born, at the base of the thumb is the Brāhma-tīrtha;” (Viṣṇu-Smṛti, 62.1-4)

“The base of the thumb constitute the Brahma-tīrtha;” (Yājñavalkya, 1.19)

“The Brahmatīrtha is situated to the left of the thumb, on the line pointing upwards;” (Śaṅkha-Likhita (Parāśaramādhava, p. 221))

“‘anguṣṭhamūla’ means the lower part of the thumb; and on the palm-side of this is the ‘Brāhma-tīrtha.’ ‘Tala’ is the palm; and that part of the palm which extends from the base of the thumb to the first long line in it constitutes the ‘Brāhma-tīrtha’” (Vīramitrodaya (Āhnika, p. 77))

The Smṛtisāroddhāra (p. 311), explains ‘brahma’ as the base of the aṅguṣṭha (‘thumb’).

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Brahmatirtha in Purana glossary... « previous · [B] · next »

Brahmatīrtha (ब्रह्मतीर्थ).—A holy place in Kurukṣetra. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 83, Stanza 113, that a non-brāhmaṇa who bathes in this holy place will attain Brāhmaṇatva. (the state of being a brāhmaṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Brahmatīrtha (ब्रह्मतीर्थ).—Also Amohakam;1 visited by Balarāma;2 fit for śrāddha.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 191. 104-5.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 78. 19; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 13. 56.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 77. 55; 111. 26 and 30.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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)

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Brahmatīrtha (ब्रह्मतीर्थ) is the name of a Tīrtha (sacred bathing place) that is associated with the Naṭārambheśvara Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva). This place represents the sixteenth of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.

The auspiscious time for bathing at the Brahma-tīrtha near the Naṭārambha-īśvara-liṅga is mentioned as “jyeṣṭha-kṛṣṇa-aṣṭamī” (latin: jyeshtha-krishna-ashtami). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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