Hayashiras, aka: Hayaśiras, Haya-shiras; 2 Definition(s)


Hayashiras 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 Hayaśiras can be transliterated into English as Hayasiras or Hayashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Hayaśiras (हयशिरस्, “horse-headed”) refers to a kind of mythical weapon. It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda
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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

1) Hayaśiras (हयशिरस्), also Hayaśirsa, Hayagrīva (‘horse-head’, ‘horse neck’).—The eighteenth avatāra of Viṣṇu, revealer of sacred lore.

2) Hayaśiras (हयशिरस्).—A demon who stole the Veda and was slain by Viṣṇu in the form of the Matsya-avatāra.

(Source): Google Books: A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism

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