Mrigashira, Mṛgaśira, Mriga-shira, Mṛgaśirā: 6 definitions

Introduction

Mrigashira means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Mṛgaśira and Mṛgaśirā can be transliterated into English as Mrgasira or Mrigashira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Mṛgaśirā (मृगशिरा) refers to the fifth of the 28 nakṣatras (“constellations”) of the zodiac, as commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—The nakṣatras are described collectively in the dharmadhātuvāgīśvara-maṇḍala of the Niṣpannayogāvalī. In this maṇḍala the nakṣatras are given one face and two arms, which are clasped against the chest in the añjalimudrā:—“the deities [viz., Mṛgaśirā] are decked in bejewelled jackets and they all show the añjali-mudrā”.—In colour, however, they differ. [viz., Mṛgaśirā is given the colour blue].

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

mṛgaśira (मृगशिर) [or मृगशीर्ष, mṛgaśīrṣa].—m pl (S) The fifth nakṣatra or lunar mansion.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

mṛgaśira (मृगशिर) [or mṛgaśīrṣa, or मृगशीर्ष].—m pl The fifth nakṣatra or lunar mansion.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Mṛgaśira (मृगशिर).—n.,

Derivable forms: mṛgaśiraḥ (मृगशिरः).

Mṛgaśira is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mṛga and śira (शिर). See also (synonyms): mṛgaśiras.

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Mṛgaśirā (मृगशिरा).—Name of the fifth lunar mansion consisting of three stars.

Mṛgaśirā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mṛga and śirā (शिरा).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Mṛgaśirā (मृगशिरा).—(°-) (stem in composition; for Sanskrit °śiras; so once Sanskrit Lex., according to [Boehtlingk and Roth] f.), name of a nakṣatra (perhaps n. sg. m. in composition?): °rā-nakṣatraṃ Divyāvadāna 639.12.

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

1) Mṛgaśira (मृगशिर):—[=mṛga-śira] [from mṛga > mṛg] n. ([Jyotiṣa]) ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) the Nakṣatra Mṛga-śiras.

2) Mṛgaśirā (मृगशिरा):—[=mṛga-śirā] [from mṛga > mṛg] f. ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) the Nakṣatra Mṛga-śiras.

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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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