Kalanemighna, Kālanemighna: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 1

Kālanemighna (कालनेमिघ्न) refers to one of the various Vibhava manifestations according to the Īśvarasaṃhitā 24.285-289.—Accordingly, “that insistable rim of the wheel of time called avidyā takes a body, which is well-set and which destroys japa, sacrifice and deeds (of others) with the power of tamas (gloom darkness). One shall meditate upon God who destroys its (wheel’s) course. He (God) has the complexion of the adamantine stone, is refulgent with the rays of (brilliance) of knowledge and has for the seat Garuḍa who is full of sattva. He has a form made up of many weapons, bedecked with the arms of good learning. His six right hands bear discus, sword, mace, arrow, good and spear, while the left has pile (two) snores, bow, pestle, hammer and frightful shield”.

These Vibhavas (eg., Kālanemighna) represent the third of the five-fold manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness the Pāñcarātrins believe in. Note: Kālanemighna refers to the slayer of Kālanemi: a demon; or destroyer of the rim of the wheel of time.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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