Gajadhyaksha, aka: Gajādhyakṣa, Gaja-adhyaksha; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Gajādhyakṣa can be transliterated into English as Gajadhyaksa or Gajadhyaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Gajādhyakṣa (गजाध्यक्ष).—The superintendent of elephants and his qualifications.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 215. 36.
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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Gajādhyakṣa (गजाध्यक्ष) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Karṇikāra, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Gajādhyakṣa) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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-English dictionary

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Gajādhyakṣa (गजाध्यक्ष).—superintendent of elephants; Bri. S.86.34.

Derivable forms: gajādhyakṣaḥ (गजाध्यक्षः).

Gajādhyakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaja and adhyakṣa (अध्यक्ष).

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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