Ekavira, aka: Ekavīrā, Ekavīra, Eka-vira; 5 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[Ekavira in Shaktism glossaries]

Ekavīrā (एकवीरा, “Formost Heroine”):—One of the names of Mahākālī (tamas-form of Mahādevī). Mahākālī is one of the three primary forms of Devī. Not to be confused with Kālī, she is a more powerful cosmic aspect (vyaṣṭi) of Devi and represents the guṇa (universal energy) named tamas. For reference, see the Devī Māhātmya, a Sanskrit work from the 5th century, incorporated into the Mārkaṇḍeya-Purāṇa.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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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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Purana

[Ekavira in Purana glossaries]

Ekavīrā (एकवीरा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Ekavīrā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

(Source): Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

Ekavīra (एकवीर).—* (HEHAYA). A founder of the Hehaya line of kings. Genealogy. Descending in order from Viṣṇu: Atri—Candra—Budha—Purūravas—Āyus—Yayāti—Yadu—Sahasrajit—Śatajit—Ekavīra (Hehaya). (See full article at Story of Ekavīra from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Ekavīrā (एकवीरा).—The goddess enshrined at Saḥya hill; a mother goddess.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 40: 179. 17.
(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

[Ekavira in Sanskrit glossaries]

Ekavīra (एकवीर).—a pre-eminent warrior or hero; धर्म° (dharma°) Mv.5.48.

Derivable forms: ekavīraḥ (एकवीरः).

Ekavīra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and vīra (वीर).

(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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