Meshanatha, Meṣanātha, Mesha-natha: 4 definitions
Meshanatha 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 term Meṣanātha can be transliterated into English as Mesanatha or Meshanatha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Meṣanātha (मेषनाथ) is an incarnation of Siddhanātha in the second yuga, belonging to the Pūrvāmnāya (‘eastern doctrine’) tradition of Kula Śaivism, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya. The consort of Meṣanātha was Kāmāṅgā and his two disciples are Khakulanātha and more than 64 Kulas. Siddhanātha incarnates as a Kaula master in each of the four yugas.Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram (shaivism)
Meṣanātha (मेषनाथ) refers to one of the “four Lords (teachers) of the Ages” (Yuganātha).—Matsyendranātha is worshipped as the teacher of this Age along with three other teachers and their consorts who brought the Kaula Tantra into the world in the previous three Ages. These four Lords of the Ages (yuganātha) are highly revered in the Kālīkrama and came to be considered to be embodiments of the basic states of consciousness.
Consort of Meṣanātha: According to the Kulakrīḍāvatāra-tantra, Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya and Devīpañcaśatikā: Kāmamaṅgalā.
Disciples of Meṣanātha: According to the Kulakrīḍāvatāra-tantra: Vindhya and Ajita or Kullāīambā and Ajaramekhalā; According to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya: Vicitra and Vidhīndunātha.Source: Nirvāṇa Sundarī: A Note on Kula and Kaula Tantra
Meṣanātha (मेषनाथ) is the name of the Kula-tantra Guru in the dvāparayuga.—Abhinavagupta describes four Gurus for Kula Tantra based on the Yuga. Khagendranātha in satyayuga, Kūrmanātha in tretāyuga, Meṣanātha in dvāparayuga and Matsyendranātha for kaliyuga. During the Gurumaṇḍala Krama, one worships Khagendranātha and Vijjāmbā in East, Kūrmanātha and Maṅgalāmbā in the South, Meṣanātha and Kāmamaṅgalāmbā in West and Matsyendranātha and Koṅkaṇāmbā in the North.
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.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
Meṣanātha (मेषनाथ) refers to Śrīkaṇṭha, 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, “Maṅgalāvva is in Kāmākhya and, presiding on mount Pulimalaya, is well established. Śrīkaṇṭha is Meṣanātha, who is the quelling of the fear of phenomenal existence, the yogi who practices Yoga in the Dvāpara Age. Descent into the Wheel, the abode of the lord of passion, (took) place with great speed. (There) Koṅkaṇāvvā is (the energy) Nivṛtti. Macchagna is this (Siddha) called Śaṅkara. Known in the Age of Stife, I always bow to him”.
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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