Halayudhastotra, Halāyudhastotra, Halayudha-stotra: 1 definition


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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Halāyudhastotra (हलायुधस्तोत्र) (or simply Halāyudha) is the name of a stotra recorded at the Amareśvara temple.—The Halāyudhastotra is an ornate poem in praise of Śiva.—The text of the Halāyudhastotra is recorded, together with the Mahimnastava and a Narmadāstotra, on an inscription of 1063AD (saṃvat 1120) in the Amareśvara temple at Oṃkāreśvar/Māndhātā.—The inscription was written by a Pāśupata, Paṇḍita Gāndhadhvaja, while the text itself is said to have been composed by a Brahmin named Halāyudha.

Note: The Halāyudhastotra was first published by P.P. Subrahmanya Sastri, with an additional note containing the prose part of the inscription by N.P. Chakravarti, in Epigraphia Indica 25 in 1939–1940 (appeared in 1948: Sastri 1948 and Chakravarti 1948). The text of the Halāyudhastotra was constituted on the basis of the inscription and two manuscripts of the stotra from the Madras Government Oriental Manuscripts Library. The inscription was subsequently republished by Mittal 1979, 322–339, and Trivedi 1989, 604–611.

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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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