Pashapani, Pāśapāṇi, Pasha-pani: 9 definitions


Pashapani 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 Pāśapāṇi can be transliterated into English as Pasapani or Pashapani, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pashapani in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Pāśapāṇi (पाशपाणि, “noose-carrier”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Pāśapāṇivināyaka, Pāśapāṇigaṇeśa and Pāśapāṇivighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.

Pāśapāṇi is positioned in the Northern corner of the first circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “on Panchakroshi route, Sadar Bazaar”. Worshippers of Pāśapāṇi will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the giver of good life in Kāśī”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.21278, Lon. 82.57822 (or, 25°12'46.0"N, 82°34'41.6"E) (Google maps)

Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

Pāśapāṇi, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pāśapāṇi (पाशपाणि) refers to “one holding a noose in his hand”, attributed to Yama’s soldiers (Yamabhaṭa or Yamagaṇa), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.18.—Accordingly:—“[...] the terrible (vikaṭa) soldiers (bhaṭa) of Yama [viz., Yamabhaṭa] who desired to take him [viz., Guṇanidhi] to Saṃyamani (Saṃyamanī, the abode of Yama), approached him with nooses (pāśa) and clubs (mudgara) in their hands (pāṇi) [viz., Pāśapāṇi and Mudgarapāṇi] and bound (baddha) him. [...]”.

Purana book cover
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pashapani in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pāśapāṇi (पाशपाणि).—an epithet of Varuṇa.

Derivable forms: pāśapāṇiḥ (पाशपाणिः).

Pāśapāṇi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pāśa and pāṇi (पाणि). See also (synonyms): pāśadhara.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pāśapāṇi (पाशपाणि).—m.

(-ṇiḥ) A name of Varuna, the regent of water. E. pāśa a sort of noose, and pāṇi the hand, Varuna being represented as holding a cord in one hand, shaped like a sling or a noose.

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

Pāśapāṇi (पाशपाणि):—[=pāśa-pāṇi] [from pāśa] m. ‘n° in hand’ idem, [ṢaḍvBr.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pāśapāṇi (पाशपाणि):—[pāśa-pāṇi] (ṇiḥ) 2. m. Varuna.

[Sanskrit to German]

Pashapani in German

context information

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»] — Pashapani in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pāśapāṇi (ಪಾಶಪಾಣಿ):—[noun] Yama or Varuṇa who holds a length of rope (with a noose at one end).

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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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