Ekashringa, Ekaśṛṅga, Ekaśṛṅgā, Eka-shringa: 8 definitions


Ekashringa means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit terms Ekaśṛṅga and Ekaśṛṅgā can be transliterated into English as Ekasrnga or Ekashringa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Ekaśṛṅga (एकशृङ्ग).—One of the Saptapitṛs. Vairāja, Agniṣvātta, Gārhapati, Somapa, Ekaśṛṅga, Caturveda and Kāla are the seven pitṛs. All these seven stayed in Brahmasabhā worshipping him. (Ślokas 47 and 48, Chapter 11, Sabhā Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Ekaśṛṅga (एकशृङ्ग).—A hill south of the Mānasa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 24.

2) Ekaśṛṅgā (एकशृङ्गा).—The queen of Śukra, formerly yogotpatti, the pitṛ kanyā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 86-87.
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ekaśṛṅga (एकशृङ्ग) or Ṛṣyaśṛṅga is the name of a recluse  according to the Isisiṅga-jātaka mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXVIII). Accordingly, “the king of Vārāṇasī was angry and worried; he commanded his ministers to meet and discuss the matter of the rain. In the discussion, a wise man said: ‘I have heard that, on the hermits’ mountain, there is a recluse called Unicorn (Ekaśṛṅga): because of his clumsy feet, he fell while climbing the mountain and hurt his foot; in his anger, he uttered a magical spell commanding it to stop raining for twelve years’.”.

Note: The story of the hermit unicorn, Ṛṣyaśṛṅga or Ekaśṛṅga, seduced by a maiden (princess Nalinī, the courtesan Śātā or the goddess Alambuṣā) belongs to universal and Indian folklore. The characteristic feature of the story is that of the victorious woman, perched on the back of the ascetic she has seduced. Without specifying the many variations of the various versions of the story, we limit ourselves to the main sources. The Hiuan tsang, Si yu ki places the hermitage of Ekaśṛṅga at the foot of the mountains of Swāt.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekaśṛṅga (एकशृङ्ग).—a. having only one horn. (-ṅgaḥ) 1 a unicorn; rhinoceros.

2) Name of Viṣṇu.

3) a class of Pitṛs.

4) a mountain having one top.

Ekaśṛṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Ekaśṛṅga (एकशृङ्ग).—(°gaka) , name of the hero of what the colophon Mahāvastu iii.152.19 calls Nalinīye rājakumārīye jātakam; later iii.272.17 it is referred to as Ekaśṛṅgajātakaṃ (punaḥ kartavyaṃ); °śṛṅga iii.144.17 ff.; °śṛṅgaka (prose) 144.18; 145.7 ff. He corresponds to Sanskrit Ṛśyaśṛṅga, Pali Isisiṅga (in the Naḷinikā-jātaka, 526), and doubtless is meant by the maharṣi Ṛṣiśṛṅga, q.v.; both occur Mahā-Māyūrī 256.31.

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

Ekaśṛṅga (एकशृङ्ग).—m.

(-ṅgaḥ) 1. A title of Vishnu or Krishna. 2. A unicorn, a rhinoceros, &c. E. eka and śṛṅga a mark or horn.

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

Ekaśṛṅga (एकशृङ्ग).—I. m. 1. epithet of Viṣṇu, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 102, 13. 2. pl. a class of Manes, Mahābhārata 2, 463. Ii. f. , a proper name, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 987. Catuḥśṛº, i. e.

Ekaśṛṅga is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).

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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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