Gorakshanatha, Gorakṣanātha, Goraksha-natha: 4 definitions

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Gorakshanatha 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 Gorakṣanātha can be transliterated into English as Goraksanatha or Gorakshanatha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Gorakṣanātha (गोरक्षनाथ) refers to the third representation of the nine navanātha reliefs in the Ulsūr Someśvara temple.—The last yogi, after Varāhanātha, is Gorakṣanātha seated on a tiger. His head is tilted downward and resting on his hands which are resting on his folded right knee. His left leg is folded and resting on the tiger. He is wearing the kuṇḍalas and rings on his wrists. A round wallet is also visible on his left arm.

In the Ulsūr Someśvara temple, on the south wall of the ardhamaṇḍapa, there found depictions of the navanāthas (eg. Gorakṣanātha) in a variety of poses with huge coffiures, holding attributes such as kamaṇḍala, daṇḍa (staff) and so on. From east to west the nine sculptures of the Nāthas appear in the following order: seated respectively on a Tortoise, Vyāli, Lion, Fish, Scorpion, Snake, Antelope, Boar and Tiger.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Gorakṣanātha (गोरक्षनाथ) is considered to be the second guru of the Nātha-yoga cult. He is described as Paramahaṃsa. The invention of the Haṭha yoga system is ascribed to him and he is also credited with the foundation of the Kānphaṭa order of yogis, known as Gorakṣanāthis. Gorakṣanātha is considered to be the first disciple of Matsyendranātha. It is also said that Matsyendranātha gave birth to Gorakṣanātha.

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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

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Gorakṣanātha (गोरक्षनाथ) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—pupil of Mīnanātha: Gorakṣaśataka, called also Jñānaśataka, Jñānaprakāśaśataka. Caturaśītyāsana. Rādh. 17. Jñānāmṛta, yoga. Hall. p. 15. NW. 286. 316. Yogacintāmaṇi. Kāśīn. 30. Bhr. 220. Yogamahiman. NW. 414. Yogamārtaṇḍa. Burnell. 112^b. Yogasiddhāntapaddhati. B. 4, 4. Vivekamārtaṇḍa, yoga. Rādh. 17. Siddhasiddhāntapaddhati. K. 134.

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

Gorakṣanātha (गोरक्षनाथ):—[=go-rakṣa-nātha] [from go-rakṣa > go] m. Name of the author of -śataka

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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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