Gopadeshvara, Gopadeśvara, Gopada-ishvara: 1 definition
Gopadeshvara 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 Gopadeśvara can be transliterated into English as Gopadesvara or Gopadeshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Gopadeśvara (गोपदेश्वर) is the name of a Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva) that is associated with the Kānti-tīrtha (a sacred bathing place). It represents the fifth 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 (e.g., Gopada-īśvara) has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.
The auspiscious time for bathing near the Gopadeśvara-liṅga at the Kānti-tīrtha is mentioned as “māgha-kṛṣṇa-caturdaśī āśivana-pūrṇimā phālguṇa-kṛṣṇa-caturdaśī” (latin: magha-krishna-caturdashi ashivana-purnima phalguna-krishna-caturdashi). 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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