Ekanetra, Eka-netra: 6 definitions



Ekanetra 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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

According to the Aṃśumadbhedāgama, Ekanetra (4th class Vidyeśvara) has three eyes and a pacific look and bears on his head a jaṭāmakuṭa. He is clothed in white silk garments and is adorned with all ornaments. Two of his hands are in the varada and the abhaya poses, while the two remaining ones are carrying the śula and the ṭaṅka.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

1) Ekanetra (एकनेत्र), one of the fifty Rudras according to the Caryāpāda section of the Makuṭāgama (one of the 28 Saiva Siddhanta Agamas).

2) Ekanetra (एकनेत्र) refers to one of the “eight embodiments” (mūrtyaṣṭaka) of Śiva according to the Svacchandatantra 10.1161–1162 where they are identical with the eight vidyeśvaras (lords of knowledge). The eight embodiments are also mentioned in a copper-plate inscription found in Malhar, Chhattisgarh, written around 650 CE.

All these manifestations of Śiva (e.g., Ekanetra) appear at the borders of various divisions of the universe according to the Lākula system.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekanetra (एकनेत्र).—

1) Name of Śiva; (one-eyed).

2) (With Śaivas) One of the eight forms of Vidyeśvara.

Derivable forms: ekanetraḥ (एकनेत्रः).

Ekanetra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and netra (नेत्र).

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

1) Ekanetra (एकनेत्र):—[=eka-netra] [from eka] m. ‘one-eyed’, Name of Śiva

2) [v.s. ...] (with Śaivas) one of the eight forms of Vidyeśvara, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

[Sanskrit to German]

Ekanetra 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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