Mekhalabandha, Mekhalābandha, Mekhala-bandha: 3 definitions


Mekhalabandha 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Mekhalabandha in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Mekhalābandha (मेखलाबन्ध) refers to “that which is tied on one’s zone” (e.g., a decorative girdle tied to one’s hips), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(Kubjikā’s) iconic form is threefold (according to whether it is) in (the transmission) of the Child, Middle One or the Aged. [...] (The snake) Ananta is always at her feet adorning her anklets. The snake Kārkoṭa, tied on (her) zone, adorns (her) hips [i.e., mekhalābandhakārkoṭaṃ mekhalābandhaṃ kaṭideśe virājate]. Takṣaka is (her) diadem, Vāsuki the necklace on (her) neck. Kulika is said to be (hanging) on (her) ears and (she) is adorned with Kūrma as (her) earrings. Padma and Mahāpadma are on her eyebrows and all (of her) arms are adorned with thousands of snakes. [...]”.

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mekhalabandha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mekhalābandha (मेखलाबन्ध).—investiture with the girdle.

Derivable forms: mekhalābandhaḥ (मेखलाबन्धः).

Mekhalābandha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mekhalā and bandha (बन्ध).

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

Mekhalābandha (मेखलाबन्ध):—[=mekhalā-bandha] [from mekhalā > mekhala] m. investiture with the g° and the rites connected with it, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

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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 (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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