Khandaparashu, aka: Khaṇḍaparaśu, Khanda-parashu; 3 Definition(s)


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

In Hinduism


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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: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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)

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

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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