Prasannavadana, Prasanna-vadana: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Prasannavadana in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Prasannavadana (प्रसन्नवदन) refers to “one having a gracious face”, according to the 13th-century Matsyendrasaṃhitā: a Kubjikā-Tripurā oriented Tantric Yoga text of the Ṣaḍanvayaśāmbhava tradition from South India.—Accordingly, “[Visualisation of Parameśvara]:—[...] He is adorned with nice anklets, armlets, rings and bracelets, and he shines with small toe rings, channahīras, etc., and diadems and a crown. His face is gracious (prasannavadana), beautiful, his lips are smeared with betel leaves. His mind is filled with the joy of wine, and his body is supreme bliss [itself]. [...]”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Prasannavadana in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Prasannavadana (प्रसन्नवदन) refers to “one who has a serene face”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, [while describing the gross form of Navātman called Śabdarāśinavātman]: “(Navātman) has a big body and burns intensely, illumining the sky with (his) radiant energy. (He has) five faces (with) large eyes and is adorned with ten arms and the moon. He has a large chest and, auspicious, has a serene face (prasannavadana). He has long arms (that extend up to) the knees, (large) thighs and shanks (like a) palm tree. (His) stomach is thin. He has beautiful hands and feet and thin fingers (like tender) shoots. The lustre of (his) nails is like the moon and his face shines with (his) radiant teeth. The middle (part of his body) is marked by a deep navel and the lotus of the navel is a clockwise spiral”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Prasannavadana (प्रसन्नवदन) refers to “one who is delighted with face beaming” and is use to describe Gaṇeśa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.17 (“The Resuscitation of Gaṇeśa”).—Accordingly, after the Gods joined a head to Gaṇeśa’s body: “[...] Immediately after the contact of the holy water the boy was resuscitated to life and joined with consciousness. As Śiva willed, the boy woke up as from a sleep. He was handsome, extremely comely. He had the face of an elephant. He was red-complexioned. He was delighted with face beaming (prasannavadana). He was brilliant and had fine features. O great sage, on seeing the son of Pārvatī resuscitated to life, they all rejoiced and their miseries came to an end. [...]”.

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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»] — Prasannavadana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prasannavadana (प्रसन्नवदन).—a. gracious-looking, with a pleased countenance, smiling.

Prasannavadana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prasanna and vadana (वदन). See also (synonyms): prasannamukha.

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

Prasannavadana (प्रसन्नवदन):—[prasanna-vadana] (naḥ-nā-naṃ) a. Idem.

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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 (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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