Gayatirtha, Gayātīrtha, Gaya-tirtha: 6 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Gayatirtha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Gayātīrtha (गयातीर्थ).—The following story is told in the Agni Purāṇa about the origin of this very reputed sacred place at Gayā.

An asura called Gaya was once performing tapas here. As the intensity of his tapas went on increasing, the Devas got nervous and they approached Viṣṇu with the request that he should save them from Gayāsura. Viṣṇu agreed to oblige them. Meantime the intensity of Gaya’s tapas increased daily. Ultimately Viṣṇu appeared to Gaya and as requested by him granted him the boon to the effect that he would become more holy and sanctified than all the tīrthas in the world. (See full article at Story of Gayā-tīrtha from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Gayātīrtha (गयातीर्थ).—Origin of; the austerities of Gayāsūra here bearing a stone on his head. Here Gadādhara stood steadfast lest he should move; on this Brahmā performed a sacrifice; shaving and fasting are prescribed in tīrthas but not for this place; measurement 2(1/2) krośa; Gayākṣetram 5 krośas and Gayāśira 1 krośa, the best of all tīrthas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 105. 4-46.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Gayātīrtha (गयातीर्थ) or simply Gayā is the name of a Tīrtha (holy places) mentioned in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—[...] According to the Saurapurāṇa (67.19-21) at Gayātīrtha the feet of Śiva is established. Offering of piṇḍas to the manes here is enjoined as it is said to be very efficacious. After bathing in Mahānadī if a person touches the feet of Rudra attains Śivaloka and enjoys with the manes. A good number of Purāṇas contain the glorification of Gayā.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gayatirtha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gayātīrtha (गयातीर्थ):—[=gayā-tīrtha] [from gayā > gaya] n. Gayā as a renowned place of pilgrimage, [Skanda-purāṇa; Vāyu-purāṇa]

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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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