Ekadanta, aka: Ekadantā, Eka-danta; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Ekadanta 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

One tusk (eka-dantā) of Gaṇeśa — Ganapati acted as the scribe for the Mahābhārata, on the condition that he would on no account interrupt the recitation by Vyāsa who was dictating the Mahābhārata for the welfare of the world. When the pen broke, Ganapati broke off his own tusk in order not to interrupt the work. Thus out of great compassion for beings the Lord was prepared to mutilate himself! This is the symbolism contained in the iconographical representation.

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Inner Circle IV
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Ekadanta (एकदन्त, “one-tusked”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Ekadantāvināyaka, Ekadantāgaṇeśa and Ekadantāvighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.

Ekadantā is positioned in the Southern corner of the third circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Bengali Tola, Puspadanteshvara, D 32/ 102”. Worshippers of Ekadantā will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the giver of place in Anandakanana”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.18310, Lon. 83.00497 (or, 25°10'59.2"N, 83°00'17.9"E) (Google maps)

Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

Ekadantā, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purāṇa

Ekadanta (एकदन्त).—An attribute of Vighneśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 42. 8, 39; IV. 44. 66.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Ekadanta (एकदन्त).—"one-tusked", epithets of Gaṇeśa (ekadaṃṣṭraḥ) A kind of fever.

Derivable forms: ekadantaḥ (एकदन्तः).

Ekadanta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and danta (दन्त). See also (synonyms): ekadaṃṣṭra.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekadanta (एकदन्त).—m.

(-ntaḥ) A name of Ganesa: see the preceding. E. eka and danta a tooth.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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