Cintamanimantra, Cintāmaṇimantra, Cintamani-mantra: 2 definitions



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Alternative spellings of this word include Chintamanimantra.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Cintamanimantra in Kavya glossary
Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Cintāmaṇimantra (चिन्तामणिमन्त्र) refers to a Tantric formula, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 1.145; 14.88, 89. The cintāmaṇimantrais believed to vouchsafe poetic genius, learning, beauty, and the fulfilment of all desired objects. The mystic composition of the fomula is described in verse 14.88, and the Mantra, though particularly sacred to Sarasvatī, propounds the mystic nature of the Ardhanārīśvara form of Śiva. As stated by Nārāyaṇa, the formula is known also as bhuvaneśvarīmantra.

The Cintāmaṇi-mantra mentioned above is to be distinguished from various other mantras of the same name. There is a Buddhist formula named Cintāmaṇiratna-mantra mentioned in Āryamañjuśrīmūlakalpa (Tribandrum edition, Part II, p. 393). The Sādhana or the ritual text laying down the worship of the white Ekajaṭā form of the Buddhist Goddess Tārā describes a formula which is very similar to the Cintāmaṇi-mantra mentioned by Śrīharṣa. The formula is hrīṃ described as ekākṣaro'yaṃ mantrarājaścintāmaṇikalpaḥ, and like the Cintāmaṇi forumla of our poem, claims to make a man a great poet, scholar and orator (see Sādhanamālā, G.O.S, Vol. 1, p. 269).

Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā 23.96ff descibes a Cintāmaṇi formula which figures in Pāñcarātra ritual in connection with the Sahasrāramātṛkācakra. Prapañcasāra-tantra (chapter 28) also deals with a Cintāmaṇi-mantra, of which the deity is the Ardhanārīśvara form of Śiva; but it is a vaśīkaraṇamantra and has nothing to do with Sarasvatī and the acquisition of poetic power.

Īśānaśivagurudevapaddhati, a comprehensive Śaiva work, describes in detail the ritual connected with another Cintāmaṇi formula, of which the deity is Mahārudra (Trivandrum edition, Part II, Mantrapāda, p. 179). A Vaiṣṇava formula called the Mantra-cintāmaṇi, sacred to Kṛṣṇa, is explained in Padmapurāṇa (Pātālakhaṇḍa, chapter 50). We may refer also to a Cintāmaṇi hymn quoted by Bhāskararāya in his commentary on Lalitāsahasranāma (verse 87).

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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[«previous next»] — Cintamanimantra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Cintāmaṇimantra (चिन्तामणिमन्त्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—by Harsha. Mentioned in Naiṣadhīya 1, 145.

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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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