Karnapishaca, aka: Karna-pishaca, Karṇapiśāca; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Karṇapiśāca can be transliterated into English as Karnapisaca or Karnapishaca, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Karnapishacha.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Karṇapiśāca (कर्णपिशाच) is the name of one of the thirty-two Yakṣiṇīs mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra. In the yakṣiṇī-sādhana, the Yakṣiṇī is regarded as the guardian spirit who provides worldly benefits to the practitioner. The Yakṣiṇī (eg., Karṇapiśāca) provides, inter alia, daily food, clothing and money, tells the future, and bestows a long life, but she seldom becomes a partner in sexual practices.

Source: academia.edu: Yakṣiṇī-sādhana in the Kakṣapuṭa tantra
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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karṇapiśāca (कर्णपिशाच).—m (S) A demon capable of being bound by a mantra, and forced to communicate (by whispering in the ear) the affairs of people. 2 n Fortune-telling.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

karṇapiśāca (कर्णपिशाच).—n A whispering demon or angle-supposed to know all the past, the present and the future and capable of being forced to communicate the affairs of people.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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