Mrityupasha, Mṛtyupāśa, Mrityu-pasha: 7 definitions



Mrityupasha 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.

The Sanskrit term Mṛtyupāśa can be transliterated into English as Mrtyupasa or Mrityupasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Mrityupasha in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mṛtyupāśa (मृत्युपाश) refers to the “noose of Yama”, as mentioned in the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya-mantra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.38.—Accordingly, as Śukra related the Mahāmṛtyuñjaya to Dadhīca:—“[...] Worship that immortal deity Śiva with sacred rites, penance, self-study of the Vedas, yogic practices, meditation, observance of truth and other means. You will be freed from the noose of Yama (i.e, mṛtyupāśa). The lord is the cause of both bondage and salvation”.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mrityupasha in Mahayana glossary
Source: The Mahavastu

Mṛtyupāśa (मृत्युपाश) refers to the “snare of death”, according to the Mahāvastu chapter II.31 (‘the final defeat of Māra’).—Accordingly, “[...] again did Māra fly through the air to where the bodhi tree was and stood in the air. The Bodhisattva said to him, ‘Who art thou?’ And Māra replied:—‘I am the lord who intoxicates Devas and men. The fair Suras and Asuras who dwell in my domain, though caught in the cage of recurrent birth, are overcome by intoxication, and, drunk with pleasure, escape the snare of death (i.e., mṛtyupāśa)’.”

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Mṛtyupāśa (मृत्युपाश).—the noose of death or Yama.

Derivable forms: mṛtyupāśaḥ (मृत्युपाशः).

Mṛtyupāśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms mṛtyu and pāśa (पाश).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mṛtyupāśa (मृत्युपाश).—[masculine] death’s noose or sling.

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

Mṛtyupāśa (मृत्युपाश):—[=mṛtyu-pāśa] [from mṛtyu > mṛ] m. d°’s noose (variously reckoned at 101 or even more than 1000 in number), [Atharva-veda; Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa etc.]

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Mrityupasha in German

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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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