Heruka; 5 Definition(s)

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Heruka means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

1) Heruka (हेरुक), together with his consort Vārāhī, is the main deity of the Herukamaṇḍala described in the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Heruka is positioned in the Lotus (padma) at the center; He is the origin of all heroes; He has 17 faces (with three eyes on each) and 76 arms; He is half black and half green in color; He is dancing on a flaming sun placed on Bhairava and Kālarātrī. In the Herukamaṇḍala, the east division of the entire maṇḍala is blackish dark-blue in color; the north division, green; the west division, red; and the south division, yellow. Heruka is the origin of all heroes, and Vārāhī is the origin of all Ḍākinīs.

2) Heruka (हेरुक) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Suvīrā forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the same work. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Heruka] each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

Heruka (हेरुक) is one of the most popular deities of the Buddhist pantheon and a regular Tantra, the Heruka Tantra, is devoted to his worship. Heruka is worshipped singly as well as in yab-yum. When he is in yab-yum he is generally known as Hevajra and in this form he is popular in Tibet, Many of his forms are described in the Sādhanamālā

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Heruka (हेरुक).—

1) An attendant on Śiva.

2) Name of Gaṇeśa.

3) Name of a Buddha (= cakrasambara).

Derivable forms: herukaḥ (हेरुकः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Heruka (हेरुक).—m.

(-kaḥ) 1. An attendant on Mahakala, or Siva in that form. 2. An inferior divinity of the Baud'dhas. E. hi to go, uka Unadi aff., ruṭ augment.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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Herukamandala
Herukamaṇḍala (हेरुकमण्डल) refers to a large-scale and elaborate maṇḍala of Heruka, consisting ...
Shankha
1) Śaṅkha (शङ्ख) refers to a “conch shell” and represents one of the items held in the right ha...
Cakra
Cakra (चक्र) refers to a “discus” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Her...
Danda
Daṇḍa (दण्ड) refers to a “club” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Heruk...
Vajra
Vajra (वज्र) refers to one of the items held in the right hand of Heruka: one of the main deiti...
Shila
Śilā (शिला) refers to a “rock” and represents one of the items held in the left hand of Heruka:...
Vina
1) Vīṇā (वीणा) refers to a “lute” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Her...
Pasha
Pāśa (पाश) refers to a “noose” and represents one of the items held in the left hand of Heruka:...
Bana
Bāṇa (बाण) refers to an “arrow” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Heruk...
Shuci
1) Sūci (सूचि) refers to a “needle” and represents one of the items held in the left hand of He...
Kapala
Kapāla (कपाल) refers to a “skull bowl” and represents one of the items held in the left hand of...
Rahu
Rāhu (राहु) refers to the planet Rāhu and represents one of the items held in the right hand of...
Dharma
Dharma (धर्म) or Dharmapuṭa refers to the second layer of the Herukamaṇḍala: a large-scale and ...
Ghanta
1) Ghaṇṭā (घण्टा) refers to a “bell” and represents one of the items held in the left hand of H...
Parashu
Paraśu (परशु) refers to a “axe” and represents one of the items held in the right hand of Heruk...

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