Lelihana, Lelihānā, Lelihāna: 14 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa
Lelihānā (लेलिहाना) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (e.g., Lelihānā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”
The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Lelihānā (लेलिहाना).—A mind-born mother.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 18.
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
1) Lelihāna (लेलिहान) refers to “licking things”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(Pūrṇagiri) is on the northern peak of Kailāśa and is full of countless flames. Brilliant like ten million suns, it is as if devouring the Three Worlds. It is brown and burning. Licking things [i.e., lelihāna] up and destroying them, it is very terrible. O goddess, it is difficult for me to see it—what to say for others! It stands in the middle of the triangular city and is adorned with walls of lightning flashes. That divine city of the supreme Lord is made of pillars of adamantine. [...]”.
2) Lelihāna (लेलिहान) refers to one of the eight Servants (ceṭa-aṣṭaka) associated with Candrapīṭha (or Candrapīṭhapura), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight Servants (ceṭāṣṭaka): Capala, Lelihāna, Mahākāya, Hanumata, Mahābala, Mahotsāha, Devadatta, Durāsada.Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha
Lelihānā (लेलिहाना) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Lelihānā] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.Source: Kamakoti Mandali: Nrisimha matrika-mandala
Lelihānā (लेलिहाना) refers to one of the various Mātṛkā-Śaktis created by Rudra in order to destroy the clones that spawned from Andhaka’s body.—Accordingly, [...] Andhakāsura attempted to abduct Girājanandinī (Pārvatī) and thus ensued a fierce battle between Andhakāsura and the great Rudra, the Lord of Umā. Like raktabīja, every drop of blood that fell from the body of Andhaka created another Asura like him and in no time, the entire world was filled with Andhakas. To destroy the growing number of Andhakas, Rudra created innumerable Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Lelihānā]. These Śaktis of immense power at once began to drink every drop of blood that flowed from the body of Andhaka, but they could still not effectively contain the emergence of more and more demons.
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa
Lelihāna (लेलिहान, “licker”) refers to one of the names of a snake, according to the Ādiparva of the Mahābhārata, which gives a long list of serpents that were killed in the sarpasatra performed by king Janamejaya who wanted to avenge his father Parīkṣit’s death which was caused by the deadly Takṣaka.
Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) A snake or serpent.
2) An epithet of Śiva.
3) = लेलिहा (lelihā).
Derivable forms: lelihānaḥ (लेलिहानः).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Who or what licks. m.
(-naḥ) 1. A name of Siva. 2. A snake. E. lih to lick, aff. śānac, root redup. form irr.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Lelihāna (लेलिहान).—[masculine] serpent (licker).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Lelihāna (लेलिहान):—[from lih] mfn. frequently licking or darting out the tongue, [Mahābhārata]
2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [ib.]
3) Lelihānā (लेलिहाना):—[from lelihāna > lih] f. a [particular] Mudra or position of the fingers, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Lelihāna (लेलिहान):—(naḥ) 1. m. Shiva; a snake. a. Licking, rolling the tongue.
[Sanskrit to German]
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.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
1) [noun] a snake or serpent (which frequently darts out the tongue).
2) [noun] Śiva.
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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Starts with: Lelihanatirtha.
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Garga Samhita (English) (by Danavir Goswami)
Verse 1.6.45 < [Chapter 6 - Description of Kaṃsa’s Strength]
Verses 2.12.7-8 < [Chapter 12 - Subduing Kāliya and Drinking the Forest Fire]
Cidgaganacandrika (study) (by S. Mahalakshmi)
Verse 121 [Jagadbīja-vāsanā consumption by Lelihānā] < [Chapter 3 - Third Vimarśa]
Verse 124 [Vṛnda-krama and Mudrāpañcaka] < [Chapter 3 - Third Vimarśa]
Part 1d - Pentads of Krama system < [Krama system and Trika school]
Amarakoshodghatana of Kshirasvamin (study) (by A. Yamuna Devi)
Mahabharata (English) (by Kisari Mohan Ganguli)
The Matsya Purana (critical study) (by Kushal Kalita)
Part 2.2 - Different names of Śiva < [Chapter 4 - Religious aspects of the Matsyapurāṇa]
Part 2 - Application of Alaṃkāra (figure of speech) in the Matsyapurāṇa < [Chapter 2 - Literary aspect of the Matsyapurāṇa]
The Nilamata Purana (by Dr. Ved Kumari)