Ekalinga, Ekaliṅga, Eka-linga, Ekalimga: 10 definitions


Ekalinga 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ekaliṅga (एकलिङ्ग).—Kings (thirty-two) contemporaneous with the ten Śiśunāgas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 137.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Ekaliṅga (एकलिङ्ग) refers to a “single (beautiful) Liṅga”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “One should institute a great sacrifice at times of great fear, [...]. This (great sacrifice) brings every success and is the sure means of getting (whatever) one thinks about. I will tell (you) that clearly as it (truly) is. One should make a level canopy measuring sixteen (handspans) in a frightening forest, or (beside) a solitary tree or a single beautiful Liṅga [i.e., ekaliṅgaekaliṅge suśobhane], in a temple dedicated to the Mothers, on a battle ground, on a threshing floor, in a house, or (places) that are tranquil, terrifying, or romantic as one pleases. Beautiful with flags and garlands, (it is erected) to (win) victory in battle with the enemy and for other purposes as they arise, each separately”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Ekaliṅga (एकलिङ्ग) refers to a “lonely place” (which is suitable for Yoga practice), according to the Parākhyatantra.—The Amanaska’s description of the ideal place in which to practise Yoga is based on four standard characteristics; it should be isolated, solitary, clean and beautiful. Similar descriptions are found in Tantric traditions. [...] The Parākhyatantra, emphasizes seclusion: “In a lonely place (ekaliṅga), or a grove, or in an agreeable mountain cave, or in an earthen hut that is thoroughly secluded, free from insects, draught and damp”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekaliṅga (एकलिङ्ग).—

1) a word having one gender only.

2) Name of Kubera.

-ṅgam a place in which for five krośas there is but one लिङ्ग (liṅga) (Phallus); पञ्चक्रोशान्तरे यत्र न लिङ्गान्तरमीक्ष्यते । तदेकलिङ्गमाख्यातं तत्र सिद्धिरनुत्तमा (pañcakrośāntare yatra na liṅgāntaramīkṣyate | tadekaliṅgamākhyātaṃ tatra siddhiranuttamā) || Śabdak.

Derivable forms: ekaliṅgaḥ (एकलिङ्गः).

Ekaliṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and liṅga (लिङ्ग).

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

Ekaliṅga (एकलिङ्ग).—m.

(-ṅgaḥ) 1. A name of Kuvera. 2. A place or district in which for five Cos there is but one Phallus. E. eka one or best, liṅga a mark, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Ekaliṅga (एकलिङ्ग):—[=eka-liṅga] [from eka] n. ([scilicet] kṣetra) a field or place in which (for the distance of five Krośas) there is but one Liṅga or landmark, [Tārānātha tarkavācaspati’s Vācaspatyam, Sanskrit dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] ‘having a singular Śiva-liṅga (q.v.)’, Name of a Tīrtha

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Kuvera, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ekaliṅga (एकलिङ्ग):—[eka-liṅga] (ṅgaḥ) 1. m. Kuvera.

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Ekalinga in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ēkaliṃga (ಏಕಲಿಂಗ):—[adjective] (gram.) (said of a word) that has only one gender.

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Ēkaliṃga (ಏಕಲಿಂಗ):—

1) [noun] (gram.) a word having one gender only.

2) [noun] Kubēra, the regent of north direction.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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