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Hiranyagarbha, aka: Hiraṇyagarbha; 4 Definition(s)


Hiranyagarbha 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.

In Hinduism


1a) Hiraṇyagarbha (हिरण्यगर्भ).—Is Brahmā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 35; 65. 23.

1b) Is Vāsudeva;1 as the author of Yogaśāstra.2

  • 1) Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 7. 56.
  • 2) Ib. II. 13. 44.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Śaivism (Śaiva philosophy)

Hiraṇyagarbha (हिरण्यगर्भ):—The souls originated from the hiraṇyagarbha or the golden egg. This is so called, as it is born from a golden egg, formed out of the seed deposited in the waters when they were produced as the first creation of the Self-existent This seed became a golden egg, resplendent as the sun, in which the Self-existent Brahma was born as Brahmā the Creator, who is therefore regarded as a manifestation of the Self-existent.

Source: Manblunder: Sri Rudram 2.1-2Śaivism book cover
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Śaiva (शैव, shaiva) or Śaivism (shaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Śiva as the supreme being. Closeley related to Śāktism, Śaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

General definition (in Hinduism)

All the souls put together is the Brahman. In the same way, all the subtle bodies put together, is known as hiraṇyagarbha or the cosmic egg. Hiraṇyagarbha is endowed with intellect and this intellect, also known as mahat, is the cause for the physical body. Hiraṇyagarbha can be considered as the feminine energy, if soul is considered as the masculine energy. Unless, the soul impregnates hiraṇyagarbha, creation is not possible.

Source: Google Books: Tattvabodha

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "The All Powerful Creator"

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

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