Khandaparashu, Khaṇḍaparaśu, Khanda-parashu, Khamdaparashu: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Khaṇḍaparaśu can be transliterated into English as Khandaparasu or Khandaparashu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Khandaparashu in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Khaṇḍaparaśu (खण्डपरशु).—Śiva. A story occurs in Mahābhārata stating how Śiva got this name. The famous Dakṣa-yāga (sacrifice performed by Dakṣa) was performed at a time when the Nara Nārāyaṇas were engaged in penance in Badaryāśrama. Dakṣa did not invite his sonin-law Śiva. The angry Śiva sent his trident against Dakṣa. The trident destroyed the sacrifice of Dakṣa and then flew against the breast of Nārāyaṇa who was sitting in penance in Badaryāśrama. By the power of the trident the hair of Nārāyaṇa became of muñja (a grass) colour. From that day onwards Nārāyaṇa came to be known by the name Muñjakeśa. By a sound "hum", the hermit Nārāyaṇa deviated the trident, which reached the hands of Śiva, who got angry and approached Nārāyaṇa to kill him. Nara, who was close by took an arrow and reciting spells over it, released it to kill Śiva. Immediately the arrow changed to an axe. Śiva broke the axe. After this the axe became the weapon of Śiva. In Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 49, Stanza 33, it is mentioned that this axe was given to Paraśurāma the disciple of Śiva. Thenceforward Śiva got the name Khaṇḍaparaśu. (Paraśu means axe). (Mahābhārata, Śānti Parva, Chapter 343. Stanzas 150-59, 167).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Khaṇḍaparaśu (खण्डपरशु) is another name for Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.1 (“Description of Tripura—the three cities”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to the sons of Tāraka-Asura: “O Asuras, there cannot be invariable indestructibility. Please desist from asking for it. Seek some other boon whatever you wish. O Asuras, a creature is born, dies and will be born surely. But no one will be free from old age or death in this world. Except Śiva (khaṇḍaparaśu) the destroyer of Death, and Viṣṇu all else are mortals. These two are the supervisers of virtue and evil and have manifest and unmanifest forms. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Khandaparashu in Hinduism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Khaṇḍaparaśu (खण्डपरशु)—Sanskrit word for a type of Battle-ax mentioned in the Vāyu-purāṇa.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Khandaparashu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Khaṇḍaparaśu (खण्डपरशु).—

1) an epithet of Śiva. महश्वर्यं लीलाजनितजगतः खण्डपरशोः (mahaśvaryaṃ līlājanitajagataḥ khaṇḍaparaśoḥ) G. L.1; येनानेन जगत्सु खण्डपरशुर्देवो हरः ख्याप्यते (yenānena jagatsu khaṇḍaparaśurdevo haraḥ khyāpyate) Mv.2.33.

2) an epithet of Parasurāma, son of Jamadagni.

3) an epithet of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: khaṇḍaparaśuḥ (खण्डपरशुः).

Khaṇḍaparaśu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms khaṇḍa and paraśu (परशु).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Khaṇḍaparaśu (खण्डपरशु).—m.

(-śuḥ) A name of Siva. E. khaṇḍa a part, and paraśu a hatchet; cutting his foes to pieces.

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

1) Khaṇḍaparaśu (खण्डपरशु):—[=khaṇḍa-paraśu] [from khaṇḍa > khaṇḍ] m. ‘cutting (his foes) to pieces with an axe’, Śiva

2) [v.s. ...] Viṣṇu, [Viṣṇu-smṛti, viṣṇu-sūtra, vaiṣṇava-dharma-śāstra]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Khaṇḍaparaśu (खण्डपरशु):—[khaṇḍa-paraśu] (śuḥ) 2. m. Shiva.

[Sanskrit to German]

Khandaparashu in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Khandaparashu in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Khaṃḍaparaśu (ಖಂಡಪರಶು):—

1) [noun] an axe whose cutting edge is crescent-shaped.

2) [noun] Śiva.

3) [noun] Paraśurāma, one of the ten main incarnations of Viṣṇu, whose weapon was a crescent-shaped axe.

4) [noun] Gaṇēśa.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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