Munishvara, Muni-ishvara, Munīśvara: 11 definitions


Munishvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 Munīśvara can be transliterated into English as Munisvara or Munishvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Munīśvara (मुनीश्वर) refers to an “excellent sage” and is used to describe Nārada, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, after Tāraka requested boons from Brahmā: “O excellent sage [i.e., munīśvara], thus requested by that demon, I granted him two boons and hastened back to my abode. Securing the excellent boon in accordance with his cherished desire, the demon was very glad and went to the town Śoṇita. That great demon was crowned the king of the three worlds with the permission of Śukra, the preceptor of the demons. [...]”.

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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Munishvara in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Munīśvara (मुनीश्वर) refers to the “lords of mendicants”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Now the fourfold division (caturvidha). It is as follows: A detailed definition of meditation which is considered as fourfold by the lords of mendicants (i.e. the Jinas) whose delusion is destroyed (munīśvarakṣīṇamohaiṛ munīśvaraiḥ) [and] who are familiar with meditation [is] in the Pūrva collection and the other Aṅgas. Nowadays no-one is capable of describing even a hundredth part of that (i.e. the detailed meditation). Therefore, the very well-known meaning which is only a hint is described here”.

Source: Tessitori Collection I

Munīśvara (मुनीश्वर) or Munīśvarasūri is the name of a teacher mentioned in the Bṛhadgaccha-gurvāvalī (dealing with Jain lineages history) (in Sanskrit/Prakrit/Gujarati), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The information provided by the Bṛhadgacchagurvāvalī for the teachers [e.g., Munīśvara] includes their literary achievements, reference to installation of images, and, the case arising, their feats in debates with non-Jains. [...]

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Munishvara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Munīśvara (मुनीश्वर).—[masculine] the chief of Munis, i.e. a great sage or ascetic.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Munīśvara (मुनीश्वर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the ascetic name of Viśvarūpa, son of Raṅganātha.

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

1) Munīśvara (मुनीश्वर):—[from muni] m. ‘id.’, Name of Viṣṇu or Buddha, [Prasaṅgābharaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a [Scholiast or Commentator] on the Siddhānta-śiromaṇi, [Colebrooke]

3) [v.s. ...] of Viśva-rūpa (son of Raṅga-nātha), [Catalogue(s)]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Muniśvara (मुनिश्वर) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Muṇīsara.

[Sanskrit to German]

Munishvara 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Munishvara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Munīśvara (ಮುನೀಶ್ವರ):—

1) [noun] name of a demigod.

2) [noun] an epithet of Śiva.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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