Harikesha, aka: Harikeśa, Hari-kesha; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Harikeśa can be transliterated into English as Harikesa or Harikesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Harikeśa (हरिकेश) means “fair headed one”, but can also be explained as dark hair, referring to non-ageing.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Harikeśa (हरिकेश) subtly means unbiased (because of being fair-headed). As far as He (Rudra) is concerned, everyone is same for Him. He (Rudra) distinguishes beings, based on the path they follow – dharmic path and adharmic path. He nourishes those who follow the path of dharma. Harikeśa also means that He alone is eternal. Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad (IV.v.14) describes Brahman as “the Self is indeed immutable and indestructible.”

Source: Manblunder: Sri Rudram 2.3-6
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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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Harikesha in Purana glossary... « previous · [H] · next »

1a) Harikeśa (हरिकेश).—A son of Śyāmaka and Śūrabhū.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 42.

1b) One of the seven important rays of the sun, said to be the root of planets, and the first originator of stars.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 24. 66; Vāyu-purāṇa 53. 47.

1c) A son of Pūrṇabhadra, the Yakṣa; he became a devotee of Śiva and gave up the svadharma of the Yakṣas. Hence the angry father banished him. He performed austerities so severely at Benares for thousands of years that he was covered over with mud and eaten by ants till he was reduced to bones. Śiva came to the spot with Pārvatī and made him Dhanada, the Ganeśvara and Kṣetrapāla; he was also made Annada. Two Gaṇas Udbhrama and Sambhrama were given for his service. Then Śiva and Pārvatī disappeared.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 180. 5-9, 82. 99; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 12.

1d) A Gandharva king in Kailās.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 21.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Harikeśa (हरिकेश) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.15, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Harikeśa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Harikeśa (हरिकेश).—Name of Śiva; हरिकेशस्तथेत्युक्त्वा भूतानां दोषदर्शिवान् (harikeśastathetyuktvā bhūtānāṃ doṣadarśivān) Mb.1. 17.11.

Derivable forms: harikeśaḥ (हरिकेशः).

Harikeśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms hari and keśa (केश).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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