Manipadma, Maṇipadma, Mani-padma: 1 definition


Manipadma 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.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Maṇipadma (मणिपद्म) or Maṇipadmalokeśvara refers to number 22 of the 108 forms of Avalokiteśvara found in the Machhandar Vahal (Kathmanu, Nepal). [Machhandar or Machandar is another name for for Matsyendra.].


“Maṇipadma is one-faced and four-armed and sits in the Vajraparyaṅka attitude on a lotus. His two principal hands are joined against his chest forming the Añjali and the other pair holds the rosary in the right hand and the lotus in the left. He is identical in form with [Ṣaḍakṇarī Lokeśvara].—Ṣaḍakṇarī Lokeśvara sits in the Vajraparyaṅka attitude. He has four arms and one face. The principal pair of hands is joined against the chest in forming the Añjali. The second pair carries the rosary in the right and the lotus in the left”.

The names of the 108 deities [viz., Maṇipadma] possbily originate from a Tantra included in the Kagyur which is named “the 108 names of Avalokiteshvara”, however it is not yet certain that this is the source for the Nepali descriptions.

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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-English dictionary

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

Maṇipadma (मणिपद्म):—[=maṇi-padma] [from maṇi] m. Name of a Bodhi-sattva, [Horace H. Wilson]

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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. 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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