Gandhamalya, Gandhamālya, Gandha-malya: 7 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Gandhamālya (गन्धमाल्य) symbolically corresponds to Mahānāsa, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, regarding the circumference of the Island of the Moon (candradvīpa): “Meru is said to be the head. It is the last (i.e. highest place) and the location of the topknot (cūlikā). O fair lady, it is four fingers (distance) from the End of the Sixteen. That is said to be the Island of the Moon, which is above the extremity of the nose of the (upper) mouth. Below it is (mount) Gandhamālya, which measures one finger span. It is called Mahānāsa and is the western Himagahvara [...]”.

Note: Possibly because of its shape, Gandhamālya is called Mahānāsa—the Great Nose. As Kuṇḍalinī is, amongst other things, the energy of the vital breath that enters and exits from the nose, she is sometimes called nāsikāśakti—the ‘energy of the nose’. Possibly, then, the ‘Great Nose’ is this one above the head through which the energy of the vital breath travels in a straight ascending and descending movement. It is the nose of the upper face above the crown of the head. Moving through the channel of this nose, the energy of the vital breath is no longer ‘crooked’ (kuṭilā) as it is when it travels through the nose of the lower face in the fettered condition.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Gandhamālya (गन्धमाल्य) refers to “garlands”, according to Pūjyapāda’s Sarvārthasiddhi.—Accordingly, “[...] But there is nothing in the world which is permanent except the natural characteristics of knowledge and perception  of the self. This is contemplation on the transitory nature of things. He who contemplates thus is free from intense attachment to persons and things, and hence he does not feel stress when he loses them or separates from them as in the case of the garlands (gandhamālya) used and cast off”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gandhamalya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gandhamālya (गन्धमाल्य).—n. an agreeably smelling wreath, [Pañcatantra] 182, 10.

Gandhamālya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gandha and mālya (माल्य).

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

Gandhamālya (गन्धमाल्य).—[neuter] [dual] & [plural] fragrances and garlands.

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

1) Gandhamālya (गन्धमाल्य):—[=gandha-mālya] [from gandha] n. [dual number] fragrances and garlands, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad viii, 2, 6]

2) [v.s. ...] n. [plural] idem, [Manu-smṛti iii, 209; Mahābhārata] etc. (ifc. f(ā). , [Raghuvaṃśa ii, 1])

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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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