Padambuja, Padāmbuja, Pada-ambuja: 3 definitions


Padambuja 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Padāmbuja (पदाम्बुज) refers to “lotus-like feet”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.10.—Accordingly, as Sūta narrated:—“On hearing this inquiry of Nārada, Brahmā, the excellent lord of the worlds, remembered the lotus-like feet of Śiva [i.e., śiva-padāmbuja] and spoke. [...]”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Padambuja in Yoga glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (yoga)

Padāmbuja (पदाम्बुज) refers to “lotus feet are”, according to the 17th-century Yogacintāmaṇi by Śivānandasarasvatī, a text dealing with Haṭhayoga consisting of 3423 verses.—Accordingly, “Having bowed to Śrīvyāsa, the ascetic Śaṅkara, the teacher of the world, [my] teacher Śrīrāmacandra, whose lotus feet are intense bliss (sāndrānanda-padāmbuja), and all of the gods of yogins, the ascetic Śivānanda has written clearly the great Yogacintāmaṇi, which had fallen into an ocean of various texts and has the power to explain everything”.

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Padāmbuja (पदाम्बुज) refers to “lotus feet”, according to the 17th century Yogacintāmaṇi by Śivānanda: a large compilation of roughly 3423 verses dealing with the various methods of (Haṭha) Yoga and Aṣṭāṅgayoga.—Accordingly, “Having bowed to the venerable Vyāsa; the ascetic, Śaṅkara, [who is] the guru of the world; [his own] guru, the venerable Rāmacandra, whose lotus feet (padāmbuja) are intense bliss, and all the lords of yoga, the ascetic Śivānanda has written clearly the Yogacintāmaṇi [which] is derived from an ocean of various scriptures and is capable of [conveying] their entire meaning”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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