Ekavira, Ekavīrā, Ekavīra, Eka-vira: 13 definitions



Ekavira 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

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.

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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 and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

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 (e.g., 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: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 40: 179. 17.
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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

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Ekavīra (एकवीर) is the name of a tree mentioned in connection with a Tantric ceremony, according to the Vajraḍākatantra chapter 18.61-74.—Five techniques to please Dūtīs as well as the Yogin himself and to enlarge a Yogin’s gentials are introduced. Various kinds of woods and plants in addition to honey and butter are utilized for this purpose. [...] A Yogin should crush roots of ekavīra-tree, white sesame and filament, mingle them with honey and butter and rub it on the navel. Then, he should hold his Dūtī tight, kiss her and serve her like a donkey. They will obtain pleasure. Note: The word ‘navel’ in the above techniques presumably means the female organ (Its commentary keeps silent on this matter)

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Ekavīra (एकवीर).—m.

(-raḥ) A chief warrior. E. eka and vīra a hero.

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

Ekavīra (एकवीर).—m. an unparalleled hero, Mahābhārata 4, 1912.

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

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

Ekavīra (एकवीर).—[masculine] an only, i.e. an incomparable hero.

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

1) Ekavīra (एकवीर):—[=eka-vīra] [from eka] m. a unique or pre-eminent hero, [Ṛg-veda x, 103, 1; Atharva-veda xix, 13, 2; xx, 34, 17; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] a species of tree, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) Ekavīrā (एकवीरा):—[=eka-vīrā] [from eka-vīra > eka] f. Name of a daughter of Śiva

4) [v.s. ...] a species of gourd, [Nighaṇṭuprakāśa]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Ekavīra (एकवीर):—(eka + vīra) m.

1) einziger, unvergleichlicher Held [Ṛgveda 10, 103, 1.] [Mahābhārata 4, 1912.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 3, 1, 40. 4, 16, 20.] [Daśakumāracarita 193, 11.] —

2) Name einer Pflanze (mahāvīra, sakṛdvīra, suvīraka) [Rājanirghaṇṭa im Śabdakalpadruma]

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Ekavīra (एकवीर):—

1) [Kathāsaritsāgara 53, 195. 60, 92.] —

3) f. ā Nomen proprium einer Tochter Śiva’s [Oxforder Handschriften 18,a,20. 19,a,40. 39,b,16.]

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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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