Gajanana, Gajānāna, Gaja-anana: 11 definitions


Gajanana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Gajānana (गजानन) refers to an “elephant’s head”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.13 (“The birth of Gaṇeśa”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to Nārada: “Due to the difference of Kalpas, the story of the birth of Gaṇeśa is told in different ways. According to one account he is born of the great lord. His head looked at by Śani was cut off and an elephant’s head (gajānana) was put on him [saṃcitaṃ gajamānanam]. Now we narrate the story of the birth of Gaṇeśa in Śvetakalpa when his head was cut off by the merciful Śiva. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Gajānāna (गजानान).—Is Gaṇeśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 54: 42. 35: 44. 51: IV. 27. 72. Matsya-purāṇa 154. 505.
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gajānana (गजानन).—m (S Elephant-faced.) A name of gaṇēśa.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

gajānana (गजानन).—m A name of gaṇapati.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gajānana (गजानन).—epithets of Ganeśa.

Derivable forms: gajānanaḥ (गजाननः).

Gajānana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaja and ānana (आनन). See also (synonyms): gajāsya.

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

Gajānana (गजानन).—m.

(-naḥ) The deity Ganesha. E. gaja an elephant, and ānana a face; see gajavadana.

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

Gajānana (गजानन):—[from gaja > gaj] m. = ja-mukha, [Gaṇeśa-purāṇa; Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

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

Gajānana (गजानन):—[gajā+nana] (naḥ) 1. m. Ganesha.

[Sanskrit to German]

Gajanana in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Gajānana (ಗಜಾನನ):—

1) [noun] = ಗಜಮುಖ [gajamukha].

2) [noun] (Jaina) name of one of the hells.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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