Lokeshvara, aka: Lokeśvara; 3 Definition(s)

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Lokeshvara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Lokeśvara can be transliterated into English as Lokesvara or Lokeshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

(Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

[Lokeshvara in Tibetan Buddhism glossaries]

Lokeśvara (लोकेश्वर) is the name of a deity to be contemplated upon by a practicioner purifying his correspondences (viśuddhi), according to the Abhisamayamañjarī. Lokeśvara is alternatively known by the name Rāgavajra because he destroyes all clinging (sarvāsaṅga). The contemplation is prescribed as a preliminary ritual for a yogin wishing to establish, or reestablish the union with a deity.

Lokeśvara is associated with the face and the color red. He is to be visualised as holding an attribute in his right hand and a bell in his left. The deities of the sense organs and fields are the esoteric equivalents of the deities associated with the skandhas.

The Abhisamayamañjarī by Śākyarakṣita is a Buddhist tantric text closely related to the Herukābhisamaya by Lūyīpāda, which in turn is probably based upon the Yoginīsaṃcāratantra.

(Source): Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
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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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India history and geogprahy

[Lokeshvara in India history glossaries]

Lokeśvara (लोकेश्वर) is one of the eight temples located in a space to the north of the village Paṭṭadakal, arrayed in a rectangle of about 180 x 140 m on the western bank of the river.

(Source): Wisdom Library: India History

Lokeśvara (Virūpākṣa) is the name of a temple at Paṭṭadakal in the Karnāṭa-drāviḍa style.—This is a large complex enclosed by a compound (TP04_VP_01). The main monument exhibits striking qualities such as a well-balanced distribution of built structures, harmony of forms, variety of architectural and decorative motifs, strict obedience to a principle of symmetry, which suggest a perfect unity of conception by a master architect and realization in one period.

The architectural program starts from the Liṅga, a symbol of Sadāśiva to whose service every element in the complex is dedicated. The main structure sheltering the Liṅga is called prāsāda or vimāna. It is a cubic mass of stone masonry capped by a square high tower, also entirely of stone. It encloses an inner cella open only on the east side, called garbhagṛha “womb residence”. The term vimāna is used for the tower specifically or for both base and tower. It comprises four levels, topped by a lotus-shaped small dome (śikhara) and a finial (stūpī). All obey all sides’ symmetry on the vertical axis of the Liṅga.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as 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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