Kshuradhara, Kṣuradhāra, Kshura-dhara: 6 definitions


Kshuradhara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Kṣuradhāra can be transliterated into English as Ksuradhara or Kshuradhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Kshuradhara in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kṣuradhāra (क्षुरधार) refers to “blades”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as the Goddess (i.e., Khageśī) said to the God (i.e., Bhairava), “[...] I will tell (you) how Yoginīs and Siddhas behave—(a teaching) that is never easy to acquire. (As if) replete with one hundred blades [i.e., kṣuradhārakṣuradhārāśatākulam], the Vidyā and the Kula liturgy (krama) are (dangerous). There is no success (siddhi) in the Kula liturgy without the (ritual) drinking of liquor, the sacrificial substances, along with (various kinds of) meat and the (eating of the remains of) sacrificial food. Worship is offered (by means of these things) to the oral scripture (that the god and goddess transmit) to one another. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Kṣuradhāra (क्षुरधार) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Kṣuradhārī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Cittacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the cittacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the nirmāṇa-puṭa (‘emanation layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Kṣuradhāra] are black in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Kṣuradhāra (क्षुरधार).—a. as sharp as a razor.

Kṣuradhāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kṣura and dhāra (धार).

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

1) Kṣuradhāra (क्षुरधार):—[=kṣura-dhāra] [from kṣura > kṣur] mfn. razor-edged, sharp as a razor, [Mahābhārata iv, 168; xiii, 3259]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a sharp-edged arrow, [ib. iv, 2063.]

3) Kṣuradhārā (क्षुरधारा):—[=kṣura-dhārā] [from kṣura > kṣur] f. the edge of a razor, [Mahābhārata xiii, 2230]

4) [v.s. ...] ([plural]), [Rāmāyaṇa vii, 21, 15]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of a hell, [Buddhist literature; cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Kshuradhara 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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