Galavatirtha, Gālavatīrtha, Galava-tirtha: 1 definition
Galavatirtha 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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Gālavatīrtha (गालवतीर्थ) is the name of a Tīrtha (sacred bathing place) that is associated with the Kūṭeśvara Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva). This place represents the twenty-fourth of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.
The auspiscious time for bathing at the Gālava-tīrtha near the Kūṭa-īśvara-liṅga is mentioned as “māgha-śukla-pañcamī daśamī māgha-kṛṣṇa aṣṭamī” (latin: magha-shukla-pancami dashami magha-krishna ashtami). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).
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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