Caturbindu, Catur-bindu: 1 definition

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Caturbindu 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturbindu.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Caturbindu in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Caturbindu (चतुर्बिन्दु) refers to the “four drops” of semen that fell unto the ground, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.19. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] I looked at the face of Satī many a time. I was helpless in curbing the onset of a sensuous organism. Four drops (caturbindu) of my semen virile got displaced and fell on the ground like drops of dew as a result of staring into her face. O sage, then I was stunned into silence. I was surprised. I became suspicious. I covered up the semen drops lest anyone should see them”.

The four drops of semen (caturbindu) that fell unto the ground correspond to the four “terrible clouds causing dissolution”, named Saṃvartaka, Āvarta, Puṣkara and Droṇa.—Accordingly, as Śiva said to Brahmā: “[...] the semen drops that fell in the middle of the altar-ground from you when you were excited by lust and seen by me will not be retained by any one. Four drops of your semen (caturbindu) fell on the ground. Hence so many terrible clouds causing dissolution shall rise up in the sky. In the meantime, (when Śiva said so) in front of the Devas and the sages, so many clouds emanated from the semen drops. O dear one, four types of great clouds that caused destruction are the Saṃvartaka, the Āvarta, the Puṣkara and the Droṇa. O excellent sage, those clouds rumbling and roaring with hideous sounds dropping showers at the slightest wish of Śiva burst asunder in the sky”.

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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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