Parameshvara, aka: Parameśvara, Pārameśvara, Parama-ishvara; 9 Definition(s)

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Parameshvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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 terms Parameśvara and Pārameśvara can be transliterated into English as Paramesvara or Parameshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

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According to the Liṅga-purāṇa, jñāna, ichchhā and kṛyā are the three eyes of Parameśvara. The desire to create that first arose in the mind of Parameśvara is called the Śiva-tatva, which is also known as the ichchhā-śakti-tatva. When there are both the jñāna-śakti and the kṛyāśakti blended in Parameśvara he goes by the name of Sadāśiva when the former śakti is predominant and Maheśvara when the latter śakti is predominant and Śuddha-vidyā when they are both equally balanced. When Īśvara absorbs in himself the universe he is known as the Puruṣa and Saṃsāri when he has manifested himself in the form of the gross material universe.

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Parameśvara (परमेश्वर) is found as a sculpture at the temple of Lokeśvara, west wall, west façade.—Another image of Śiva Parameśvara is almost similar to the preceding one but the triśūla, trident, is an additional attribute which is, by and large, common in the representations of Śiva. It is well attired with the ends of the garment hanging up to the ankles and the headdress. The jaṭā looks like a kirīṭa. Usual ornaments are in their places. There is an oval shaped object held in his right hand. We come across with this object in most of the images of the early Calukyan period. Some modern scholars think that it is a fruit and for others it is a representation of the earth.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana

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Parameśvara (परमेश्वर).—Is Śiva;1 also an epithet of Viṣṇu.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 50; 44. 30; IV. 10. 28; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 9.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 1. 60; 18. 52.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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1) Pārameśvara (पारमेश्वर) or Pārameśvarāgama refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The Śaivāgamas are divided into four groups viz. Śaiva, Pāśupata, Soma and Lākula. Śaiva is further divided in to Dakṣiṇa, Vāma and Siddhānta (eg., pārameśvara).

2) Pārameśvara (पारमेश्वर) or Pārameśvarāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Parameśvarāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Pārameśvara Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Parameśvara-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Pārameśvara (पारमेश्वर) or Pārameśvarasaṃhitā is the name of a Vaiṣṇava Āgama scripture, classified as a sāttvika type of the Muniprokta group of Pāñcarātra Āgamas. The vaiṣṇavāgamas represent one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom).—Texts of the Pāñcara Āgamas are divided in to two sects. It is believed that Lord Vāsudeva revealed the first group of texts which are called Divya and the next group is called Muniprokta which are further divided in to three viz. a. Sāttvika (eg., Pārameśvara-saṃhitā). b. Rājasa. c. Tāmasa.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (pancaratra)
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Parameśvara, one of the foremost astronomers of Kerala, hailed from the village of Ālattūr (Aśvatthagrāma in Sanskrit), and his house, Vāṭaśśeri, was situated on the confluence of the river Nīla with the Arabian Sea. He was a Ṛgvedin, of the Aśvalāyana Sūtra, and belonged to the Bhṛgugotra. He was a pupil of Rudra I. He carried out astronomical observations near his house for some 45 years. He also observed a large number of eclipses between 1393 and 1432, which are recorded in his work Siddhāntadīpikā. Nothing else is known about the life of Parameśvara.

Parameśvara was a prolific writer and authored some 30 works. These include original treatises and commentaries on other works of astronomy and astrology. Among his original works on astronomy might be mentioned the following: Dṛggaṇita (1430); a work on spherics, Goladīpikā (1443); and three works on the computation and rationale of eclipses, Grahaṇāṣṭaka, Grahaṇamaṇḍana, and Grahaṇanyāyadīpikā. He also commented on a large number of astronomical works including the Āryabhaṭīya, Sūryasiddhānta, Laghumānasa, and Līlāvatī. Many of his works are yet to be published.

Source: Springer: Parameśvara of Vāṭaśśeri

Paramesvara was an Indian astronomer and mathematician who wrote many commentaries on earlier works as well as making many observations. Although his father has not been identified, we know that Paramesvara was born into a Namputiri Brahmana family who were astrologers and astronomers. The family home was Vatasseri (sometimes called Vatasreni) in the village of Alattur. This village was in Kerala and Paramesvara himself gives its coordinates with respect to Ujjain. This puts it at latitude 10° 51' north. It is on the north bank of the river Nila at its mouth. From Paramesvara's writing we know that Rudra was his teacher, and Nilakantha, who knew Paramesvara personally, tells us that Paramesvara's teachers included Madhava and Narayana.

Paramesvara – Born: about 1370 in Alattur, Kerala, India; Died: about 1460 in India

Source: MacTutor History: Paramesvara

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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paramēśvara (परमेश्वर).—m (S) The Supreme Being; the Lord of the universe. This is, in Maraṭhi, its general meaning; although it is often applied with particular reference, sometimes to śiva, sometimes to viṣṇu.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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