Hiranyagarbhadana, Hiraṇyagarbhadāna, Hiranyagarbha-dana: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Hiraṇyagarbhadāna (हिरण्यगर्भदान).—The gift of an image in gold of the creator of the form of a golden egg like a lotus on an auspicious day and with special prayers to deities. The donor entered the egg and sat like a child in womb when the ceremonies of conception and birth were gone through by priests. The gift was accompanied by sandals, umbrella, seats, villages or districts. The giver would enjoy Brahmaloka.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 274. 7; 275. 1-29.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Hiraṇyagarbhadāna (हिरण्यगर्भदान) refers to a certain ceremony performed by Ādiśaiva priests (Ācāryas), as defined in the Śaivāgamas.—In the Hiraṇyagarbhadāna, the wife of the kartā is asked to donate a golden image of a girl of about 30 niṣka to the Śivācārya at the end of the ceremony, followed by feeding all the Brāhmaṇas.

Source: eScholarship: The descent of scripture: a history of the Kamikagama

Hiraṇyagarbhadāna (हिरण्यगर्भदान) refers to the “gift of the golden embryo”, according to the Kāmikāgama: an ancient Śaiva Āgama scripture in 12,000 Sanskrit verses dating to at least the 5th century and represented as an encyclopedic account of ritual instructions (kriyāpāda).—In modern print editions, the Kāmika-āgama is structured in two major parts. The Uttarabhāga consists of 98 chapters (paṭalas) [...] The concluding chapters (from Chapter 83 to 98) describe sixteen major types of gifting, which are comparable to similar treatments of gifting laid out in Dharmaśāstra literature. The gifts include the following: [...] The gift of the golden embryo (hiraṇyagarbhadāna, Chapter 84); [...]

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Hiranyagarbhadana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Hiraṇyagarbhadāna (हिरण्यगर्भदान) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Ben. 138. Burnell. 150^b.

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

Hiraṇyagarbhadāna (हिरण्यगर्भदान):—[=hiraṇya-garbha-dāna] [from hiraṇya-garbha > hiraṇya > hiraṇa] n. Name of [work]

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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 (even English!). 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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