Cakrayudha, Cakrāyudha, Cakra-ayudha: 8 definitions


Cakrayudha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 Chakrayudha.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Cakrayudha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Cakrāyudha (चक्रायुध) refers to an epithet for Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.36. Accordingly:—“[...] On hearing these words of the sages Viṣṇu, desirous of fighting with Vīrabhadra went ahead. The powerful Viṣṇu, the four-armed discus-bearing Viṣṇu (i.e., cakrāyudha-dhara), fully equipped, came out of the sacrificial chamber along with the Devas”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Cakrayudha in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Cakrāyudha (चक्रायुध) is the son of Yaśomatī and Śānti-nātha, according to chapter 5.4 [śāntinātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly:—“[...] after it had completed its life, Ṛṣi Dṛḍharatha’s soul descended into the womb from the palace Sarvārtha. At that very time Queen Yaśomatī arose from sleep and related her dream to Lord Śāntinātha. [...] Because Yaśomatī saw a cakra in a dream while he was in the womb, his father gave him the name Cakrāyudha. Cherished by nurses, the best tilaka of the world of men, Cakrāyudha gradually grew up, like a young elephant. Cakrāyudha in time attained young manhood bewitching the eyes of throngs of young women, the play-ground of Anaṅga. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Cakrāyudha (चक्रायुध).—an epithet of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: cakrāyudhaḥ (चक्रायुधः).

Cakrāyudha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms cakra and āyudha (आयुध).

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

Cakrāyudha (चक्रायुध).—m. a name of Viṣṇu, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 102, 12.

Cakrāyudha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms cakra and āyudha (आयुध).

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

Cakrāyudha (चक्रायुध):—[from cakra] m. ‘whose weapon is the discus’, Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa, [Mahābhārata i, 1163; Harivaṃśa; Rāmāyaṇa; Kathāsaritsāgara lxxxi.]

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Cakrayudha 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Cakrayudha in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Cakrāyudha (ಚಕ್ರಾಯುಧ):—[noun] a sharp-teethed, circular missile which is thrown at the target (chiefly the weapon of Viṣṇu).

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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