Parnashabari, Parṇaśabarī: 4 definitions


Parnashabari means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Parṇaśabarī can be transliterated into English as Parnasabari or Parnashabari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

1) Parṇaśabarī (पर्णशबरी) refers to a deity from the Green Tārā family, according to Buddhist Iconography.—Parṇaśabarī when green, emanates from Amoghasiddhi and when yellow from Akṣobhya, and as such, both of her forms have already been described. She is generally three- faced and six-armed but may in rare cases, have four arms also. The peculiarity of the green variety is that all the three faces depict irritated smile (sakrodhahasitānanāṃ). [...] Strictly speaking, only those deities can be called Tārās to whom the mantra: “oṃ tārā tuttāre ture svāhā” is assigned. [...] From the colour of the different Tārās it will be possible to refer them [viz., Parṇaśabarī] to their respective Kulas or families presided over by the five Dhyāni Buddhas.

2) Parṇaśabarī (पर्णशबरी) is also the name of a deity from the Yellow Tārā family.—When yellow Parṇaśabarī is an emanation of Akṣobhya, has three faces and six arms, and a pleasant smile instead of an irritated expression on her faces. This form of Parṇaśabarī has also been described under the female emanations of Akṣobhya.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Parṇaśabarī (पर्णशबरी) or Parṇasaurika is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Parṇaśabara (or Parṇasaurika) forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Hṛdayacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the hṛdayacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Parṇaśabarī] and Vīras are reddish yellow in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: Cambridge Digital Library: Pañcarakṣā, Saptavāra

Parṇaśabarī (पर्णशबरी) (Parṇaśavarī) or Prajñāpāramitā refers to the fifth of “seven days” (saptavāra) classified as a dhāraṇī according to a 17th-century Sanskrit manuscript from Nepal .—This collection associates each dhāraṇī with a specific day of the week, a tradition going back to at least the sixteenth century in Nepal.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Parṇaśabarī (पर्णशबरी).—Mmk 318.13, or °śavarī, Sādh 306.11 et alibi, n. of a goddess.

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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. 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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