Icchabhigamin, Iccha-abhigamin, Icchābhigāmin, Iccha-abhigami, Icchabhigami, Icchābhigāmī: 1 definition


Icchabhigamin 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Ichchhabhigamin.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Icchabhigamin in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Icchābhigāmin (इच्छाभिगामिन्) refers to “roaming around as one pleases”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.26 (“Pārvatī-Jaṭila dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Śiva (in guise of a Brahmacārin) said to Pārvatī: “I am an aged Brahmin roaming about as I please [i.e., icchābhigāmin]. I am an intelligent ascetic bestowing happiness and helping others. Who are you? What is your parentage? Why do you perform penance in this isolated forest? Your penance cannot be surpassed even by the sages of eminent status. You are neither a small girl nor an old woman. You appear to be an auspicious young woman. How is it that you are performing this penance even when you are unmarried. [...]”.

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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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