Mukhagahvara, Mukha-gahvara: 1 definition

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Mukhagahvara (मुखगह्वर) refers to “one whose mouth resembles a cavern”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.15 (“Gaṇeśa’s battle”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] O great sage, the goddess created two Śaktis then and there for the assistance of her own Gaṇa. O great sage, one Śakti assumed a very fierce form and stood there opening her mouth as wide as the cavern (mukhagahvara) of a dark mountain. The other assumed the form of lightning. She wore many arms. She was a huge and terrible goddess ready to punish the wicked. The weapons hurled by the gods and the Gaṇas were caught in the mouth and hurled back at them. [...]”.

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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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