Girishanta, Giriśanta: 4 definitions


Girishanta 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.

The Sanskrit term Giriśanta can be transliterated into English as Girisanta or Girishanta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Girishanta in Shaivism glossary
Source: Manblunder: Sri Rudram 1.1-4

Giriśanta (गिरिशन्त) means inhabiting mountains. But this word is also explained as Supreme Knowledge, which is the path to mokṣa (emancipation). A subtle reference is made here to Shiva. According to Purāṇas, Shiva lives on the top of Mount Kailāśa.

However, Giriśanta is also interpreted as Supreme Knowledge or the one who imparts the knowledge of emancipation, as revealed by Upaniṣads. Brahman is both good and bad, as He is omnipresent. Similarly He does both good and bad to us, according to the impressions of past actions (karma). When karmic impressions are bad, we are bound to undergo sufferings, as Brahman never overrules His own law known as “Law of Karma”. We attempt to become His devotee by establishing a contact with Him through our mind. Therefore, the concept of God reflects our mental condition.

Giriśanta also refers to the essence of Vedas, viz. Upaniṣads. Therefore, Giriśanta means Lord of knowledge (for emancipation).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Giriśanta (गिरिशन्त):—[=giri-śanta] [from giri > gir] mfn. (= -śa) inhabiting mountains (Rudra-Śiva), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā xvi, 2 f.]

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Girishanta 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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