Caturmurtilakshana, Caturmūrtilakṣaṇa, Caturmurti-lakshana: 1 definition


Caturmurtilakshana 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.

The Sanskrit term Caturmūrtilakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Caturmurtilaksana or Caturmurtilakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaturmurtilakshana.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Caturmūrtilakṣaṇa (चतुर्मूर्तिलक्षण) refers to the “characteristics of the four forms”, as discussed in the third chapter of the Nāradīyasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra document comprising over 3000 verses in 30 chapters presenting in a narrative framework the teachings of Nārada to Gautama, dealing primarily with modes of worship and festivals.—Description of the chapter [caturmūrtilakṣaṇa-vidhāna]: Gautama asks to know about the various mantras, etc., for use in praising the various deities (by implication continuing into the mantrāsana-stage the subject of the preceding chapter on overt worship routines). Nārada commences with instructions for the construction of the dvādaśākṣara-mantra, [...]. Nārada then turns to discuss another, unnamed mantra addressed to Saṃkarṣaṇa. Here, too, he treats of its construction, its subsidiary forms [aṅga], its uses and restrictions (73-94). The next mantra is for Pradyumna (95-104), followed by a similar treatment of the mantra addressed to Aniruddha (105-117)

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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