Ekapada, aka: Ekapāda, Ekapadā, Eka-pada; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Ekapāda (एकपाद):—Second of the eleven emanations of Rudra (ekādaśa-rudra), according to the Viśvakarma-śilpa. He keeps in his left hand the khaṭvāṅga, bāṇa, chakra, ḍamaru, mudgara, varada, akṣamālā, and śūla; while the right hands keep the dhanus, ghaṇṭa, kapāla, kaumudi (ardha-chandra?), tarjanī, ghaṭa, paraśu and chakra (śakti?). It is stated that the worship of this deity secures to the votary all material enjoyments.

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Ekapāda (एकपाद) or Ekapādamūrti refers to one of the twenty-eighth forms (mūrti) of Śiva mentioned in the Vātulāgama: twenty-eighth among the Siddhāntaśaivāgama. The forms of Śiva (eg., Ekapāda) are established through a process known as Sādākhya, described as a five-fold process of creation.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shilpa)
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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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Ekapada (एकपद).—A country of ancient Bhārata. The King and the people of this country came to the Rājasūya of Yudhiṣṭhira but were prevented from entering inside because of the uncontrollable crowd inside. (Śloka 17, Chapter 51, Sabhā Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Ekapāda (एकपाद).—A Bhairava god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 20. 82.

1b) A name of Vighneśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 68.
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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Ekapada (एकपद).—Made up of one word; consisting of one word; cf. अथवा सन्त्ये-कपदान्यप्यवधारणानि । यथा अब्भक्षो वायुभक्षः । अप एव भक्षयति वायुमव भक्षयति । (athavā santye-kapadānyapyavadhāraṇāni | yathā abbhakṣo vāyubhakṣaḥ | apa eva bhakṣayati vāyumava bhakṣayati |) M.Bh. first Āhnika; (2) a continuous word paraphrased as अखण्डपद (akhaṇḍapada) and समानपद (samānapada) by commentators; cf. तेनानन्तरा षष्ठयेकपदवत् (tenānantarā ṣaṣṭhayekapadavat) V.Pr.II. 18: (3) every individual word: cf. बहुक्रमे क्रमेत तस्यैकपदानि निःसृजन् (bahukrame krameta tasyaikapadāni niḥsṛjan) R.Pr.XI.18.

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Ekapadā (एकपदा).—Made up of a single word; cf. भवति चैतदकस्मिन्नपि एकवर्ण पदम् एकपदा ऋक् एकर्चं सूक्तमिति । (bhavati caitadakasminnapi ekavarṇa padam ekapadā ṛk ekarcaṃ sūktamiti |) M. Bh. on P.I. 1.21 Vārt. 5; (2) made up of one foot (चरण (caraṇa) or पाद (pāda)); cf. एक एकपदैतेषां (eka ekapadaiteṣāṃ) (R.Pr.XVII.24) explained by the commentator as तेषां चतुर्णां पादाना-मष्टाक्षरादीनां एकः पादः यस्याः सा एकपदा ऋक् इत्युच्यते । (teṣāṃ caturṇāṃ pādānā-maṣṭākṣarādīnāṃ ekaḥ pādaḥ yasyāḥ sā ekapadā ṛk ityucyate |)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Ekapāda (एकपाद) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.28.47, II.47.16) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Ekapāda) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Ekapāda (एकपाद) or Ekapādatantra refers to one of the thirty-three Dakṣiṇatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Ekapāda-tantra belonging to the Dakṣiṇa class.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekapada (एकपद).—a.

1) one-footed.

2) consisting of or named in one word. (-dam) 1 a single step.

2) single or simple word.

3) the time required to pronounce a single word.

4) present time, same time; (-daḥ) 1 a man having one foot.

2) a kind of coitus (ratibandha).

-de ind. suddenly, all at once, abruptly; निहन्त्यरीनेकपदे य उदात्तः स्वरानिव (nihantyarīnekapade ya udāttaḥ svarāniva) Śi.2.95; R.8.48; K.45; V.4.3.

- a verse consisting of only one Pāda or quarter stanza. (-) 1 a woman having one foot.

Ekapada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and pada (पद).

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Ekapāda (एकपाद).—a.

1) having only one foot; तत्र शिश्रियेऽज एकपादः (tatra śiśriye'ja ekapādaḥ) Av.13.1.6.

2) using only one foot. (-daḥ) 1 one or single foot.

2) one and the same Pāda.

3) Name of Viṣṇu and Śiva.

Ekapāda is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and pāda (पाद).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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