Odramaheshana, Oḍramaheśāna, Odra-maheshana: 1 definition


Odramaheshana 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 Oḍramaheśāna can be transliterated into English as Odramahesana or Odramaheshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Oḍramaheśāna (ओड्रमहेशान) refers to the “Great Lord of Oḍra”, according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—According to the Kubjikāmatatantra, after her tour, the goddess finally reunites with the god in a place called Uḍu. According to the edited text of the Kubjikāmatatantra the god is called, the ‘Great Lord of Oḍra’ (oḍramaheśāna). At first sight it seems that Oḍra i.e. Orissa is meant here. But unfortunately the readings in these places and elsewhere in the corpus are so varied and numerous that it is not possible to be sure that this reading or place is in fact intended. There may very well have been a close connection between Orissa and the early development of the Kubjikā cult. It is well known that Orissa was, in the period we are considering, a major centre of Śaivism not only Pāśupata and Siddhānta but also Kāpālika and Kaula.

Note: In Kumārikākhaṇḍa verse 6.223-224 the reading of Oḍramaheśāna is Oḍḍumaheśāna. Cf. Kubjikāmatatantra verse 11.50 where the name is Śrīmadoḍrakuleśvara. In Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā verse 18.66 Oḍamaheśvara is said to be the lord of Oḍḍiyāna.

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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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