Candrabhala, Candrabhāla, Candra-bhala: 1 definition



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Alternative spellings of this word include Chandrabhala.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Candrabhāla (चन्द्रभाल) refers to the “moon on the forehead”, used to describe the appearance of Goddess Durgā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O celestial sage, on being thus lauded Caṇḍikā, the mystic slumber, appeared before me. [...] Her face shone like the autumnal moon, the crescent moon bedecked her forehead (candrabhāla). She had three eyes, looked beautiful and the nails of her lotus-like feet glistened”.

2) Candrabhāla (चन्द्रभाल) refers to one who has the “crescent moon adorned on his forehead” which is used to describe the appearance of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.17. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] When her Nandā rites were concluded on the ninth day (Navamī), while she was engrossed in meditation, Śiva became visible to her. [...] He was fair-complexioned, handsome in appearance, had five faces and three eyes. The crescent moon adorned His forehead (candrabhāla). [...] On seeing Śiva directly in such a form she bent her head from shyness and she knelt at his feet. Although He desired her to be his wife He wished to bestow on her the fruit of her penance. Thus He spoke to her in the state of her penance”.

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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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