Maheshani, Maheśānī, Maheśanī, Maha-ishani: 3 definitions
Maheshani means something in 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 terms Maheśānī and Maheśanī can be transliterated into English as Mahesani or Maheshani, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra
Maheśanī (महेशनी) is the name of an eight-armed deity and represents an extension of Amṛtalakṣmī, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—The Netra Tantra describes another goddess, Maheśanī, who has eight arms. This goddess is an extension of Amṛtalakṣmī. Her four additional hands hold the bright gem that yields all desires (cintāratna), a water pot that is constantly full of amṛta, as well as the sun and moon. She stands on a white lotus that itself is above treasures and auspicious elephants adorn her. Those who worship the goddesses in their home receive as rewards, life (āyus), power (bala), honor (yaśa), fame or glory (kīrti), wisdom (medhā), and beauty (kānti). Such worldly desires would be appealing to the monarch hoping to maintain or legitimize his rule.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Maheśānī (महेशानी).—Name of Pārvatī.
Maheśānī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mahā and īśānī (ईशानी).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Maheśānī (महेशानी):—[from maheśāna > mahā > mah] f. ‘great lady’, Name of Pārvatī, [Pañcarātra]
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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Full-text (+5): Dashavaktra, Janardana, Amogha, Durvijneya, Adbhuta, Suranayaki, Siddhivihina, Rahita, Vihina, Kula, Sanga, Sarvalakshana, Hina, Kulahina, Rupa, Maya, Ruparahita, Bhavagamya, Rupavivarjita, Kulavivarjita.
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The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 13 - On cheating the Daityas < [Book 4]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 246 - Pārvatī’s Curse on Devas < [Section 1 - Tīrtha-māhātmya]
Chapter 75 - Manifestation of Trilocana < [Section 2 - Uttarārdha]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 5 - Binduga’s salvation < [Śivapurāṇa-māhātmya]
Chapter 25 - The greatness of Rudrākṣa < [Section 1 - Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā]
Lalitopakhyana (Lalita Mahatmya) (by G.V. Tagare)