Heramba: 7 definitions

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

1) Heramba (हेरम्ब) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there. While the gaṇas such as Heramba were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

2) Heramba (हेरम्ब, “boastful hero”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Herambavināyaka, Herambagaṇeśa and Herambavighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.

Heramba is positioned in the North-Western corner of the third circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Maldahia, Valmiki Tila, C 21 / 14”. Worshippers of Heramba will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the fulfiller of th edesires of Kāśī-dwellers”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.19432, Lon. 82.59851 (or, 25°11'39.6"N, 82°35'54.6"E) (Google maps)

Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

Heramba, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Heramba (हेरम्ब).—A name of Vināyaka.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 42. 8.

1b) A group of seven crores of divinities with Mahāgaṇapati as their lord.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 27. 82.
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Heramba (हेरम्ब).—[he śive rambati ramb-ac aluk samā° Tv.]

1) Name of Gaṇeśa; जेता हेरम्बभृङ्गिप्रमुखगणचमूचक्रिणस्तारकारेः (jetā herambabhṛṅgipramukhagaṇacamūcakriṇastārakāreḥ) Mv. 2.17; हे हेरम्ब, किमम्ब, रोदिषि कथं, कर्णौ लुठत्यग्निभूः (he heramba, kimamba, rodiṣi kathaṃ, karṇau luṭhatyagnibhūḥ) Subhāṣ.

2) A buffalo.

3) A boastful hero.

Derivable forms: herambaḥ (हेरम्बः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Heramba (हेरम्ब).—m.

(-mbaḥ) 1. Ganesa. 2. A buffalo. 3. A hero inflated with his own valour and prowess. 4. A Bud'dha or Baud'dha deity. E. he calling or defying, ravi to sound, aff. ac.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Heramba (हेरम्ब).—m. 1. Gaṇeśa, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 144, 21. 2. A buffalo. 3. A proud hero.

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

1) Heramba (हेरम्ब):—n. Name of Gaṇeśa, [Mahābhārata; Kathāsaritsāgara] etc. ([Religious Thought and Life in India 218])

2) a buffalo, [Mālatīmādhava]

3) a boastful hero, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) a [particular] Buddha (= heruka), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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