Lakuli, Lakulī: 3 definitions


Lakuli means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Lakuli (लकुलि) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Kārohaṇa, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (e.g., Lakuli) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Note: In the Skandapurāṇa chapter 7.1.79, Lakuli (or Lakulīśvara) appears as the deity of Kāyāvarohaṇa.

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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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India history and geography

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume 27 (1947-1948)

Lakulī (लकुली) refers to the last incarnation of god Maheśvara. It has been shown by Dr. D. R. Bhandarkar that Lakulī, the last incarnation of god Maheśvara, could be placed in the first quarter of the 2nd century A.D. and that the worship of Śiva in the form of Lakulīśa or Lakuṭapāṇi was prevalent not only in Central India but also in regions as far south as Mysore and as far east as Orissa. The earliest inscriptional reference hitherto known for the Lakulīśa-pāśupata cult in South India is furnished by the Chikbalapur [Chikballapur?] plates of the Gaṅga king Jayateja of A.D.810 (Mys. Arch. Rep. for 1914, p. 29 and para. 60). That this cult flourished in the Telugu as well as the Tamil countries further south also is vouched for by references to teachers or pontiffs of this school in inscriptions

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Early Gupta Kings

Lakulī (लकुली) was the last incarnation of Maheśvara.—This incarnation took place at Kāyārohaṇa or Kāyāvatāra which was identical with Karvan, in the Dabhoi taluk, Baroda District, Gujarat State.—Lakulī had four ascetic pupils, namely, Kuśika, Garga, Mitra and Kauruṣya. The same information is contained in a stone slab inscription, which originally belonged to a temple at Somanātha [= Somnath] in Kathiawad [Kathiyawadi?], but is now preserved in the Quinta of Don João de Castro at Cintra in Portugal. The inscription is thus known as the Cintra praśasti of the reign of the Chaulukya ruler Sāraṅgadeva, and [...] corroborates practically all that has been said by the Purāṇas about Lakulī. The order and names of his pupils are, however, slightly different in this epigraphic record, being Kuśika, Gārgya, Kauruṣa and Maitreya. [...] The Cintra praśasti, however, tells us one thing more, namely, that these four disciples of Lakulī were the founders of four lines amongst the Pāśupatas.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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