Gajavaktra, Gajavaktrā, Gaja-vaktra: 5 definitions

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Gajavaktra means something in 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

Gajavaktrā (गजवक्त्रा, “elephant-faced”):—One of the nine Dūtī presided over by one of the nine bhaivaravas named Mudreśa (emanation of Ananta, who is the central presiding deity of Dūtīcakra), according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra and the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Gajavaktra (गजवक्त्र).—See Gaṇeśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 66.
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Gajavaktra (गजवक्त्र) refers to one of the four classes of praṇālas (“water-drains”) constructed into the sanctum for the purpose of draining oblation water and rainwater. It is a Sanskrit technical term used throughout Vāstuśāstra literature. The gajavaktra-praṇāla is connected with the Vaiśya caste. It is also known a Gajādhara, Gajoṣṭa and Ibhavaktra.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD

Gajavaktra (गजवक्त्र).—A type of praṇāla, or ‘water-drain’.—A praṇāla possessing the decoration of an elephant face is called by the name gajavaktra. The synonymous terms mentioned in the texts are gajādhara, gajoṣṭa and ibhavaktra. The head of the elephant is relieved at the beginning of the shaft. The spiral trunk of the elephant is also carved near the face. The ears are carved distinctly to look like those of an elephant. From the mouth of the elephant emerges a heavy square shaft, which bends immediately downwards. It terminates in the form of a lotus. It is even possible that the bud carved at the bottom is lost.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gajavaktra (गजवक्त्र).—epithets of Gaṇeśa; Bṛ. S.58.58; Ks.1.44.

Derivable forms: gajavaktraḥ (गजवक्त्रः).

Gajavaktra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaja and vaktra (वक्त्र). See also (synonyms): gajamukha, gajavadana.

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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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