Cakrahasta, Cakra-hasta: 8 definitions

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Cakrahasta means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chakrahasta.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Cakrahasta in Purana glossary
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Cakrahasta (चक्रहस्त) refers to the name of a Weapon mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.104). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Cakrahasta) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Cakrahasta in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Cakrahasta (चक्रहस्त) refers to “one with a cakra” [?], according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 11.1-24ab, while describing the appearance and worship of Tumburu]—“[...] [He worships] Deva as Tumburu in the middle of an eight petaled lotus, in the maṇḍala, [starting] in the East, O Devī. [...] Adorning Deva is a white flower and a spade. [He] holds an elephant hook and noose. Deva [has] a thread with a cakra at the access (cakrahastacakrahastākṣasūtriṇam), hand [held in the] wish-granting and protective [mudrās]. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Cakrahasta in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Cakrahasta (चक्रहस्त) refers to a “hand with (Viṣṇu’s) discus” (according to the Jvalitavajrāśanituṇḍā-dhāraṇī) [i.e., bhara bhara viṣṇucakrahastam], according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Cakrahasta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Cakrahasta (चक्रहस्त).—an epithet of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: cakrahastaḥ (चक्रहस्तः).

Cakrahasta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms cakra and hasta (हस्त).

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

Cakrahasta (चक्रहस्त).—m.

(-staḥ) Vishnu. E. cakra and hasta hand: holding a discus.

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

Cakrahasta (चक्रहस्त):—[=cakra-hasta] [from cakra] m. (= -pāṇi) idem, [Horace H. Wilson]

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

Cakrahasta (चक्रहस्त):—[cakra-hasta] (staḥ) 1. m. Vishnu.

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Cakrahasta in German

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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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