Gopaleshvara, Gopāleśvara, Gopala-ishvara: 1 definition
Gopaleshvara 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 Gopāleśvara can be transliterated into English as Gopalesvara or Gopaleshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Gopāleśvara (गोपालेश्वर) is the name of a Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva) that is associated with the Yajñahgaṅgā-tīrtha (a sacred bathing place). It represents the eighteenth 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., Gopāla-īśvara) has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.
The auspiscious time for bathing near the Gopāleśvara-liṅga at the Yajñahgaṅgā-tīrtha is mentioned as “bhādra-kṛṣṇa-caturdaśī / jyeṣṭha-śukla-daśamī” (latin: bhadra-krishna-caturdashi / jyeshtha-shukla-dashami). 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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