Pratijneshvara, Pratijñeśvara, Pratijna-ishvara: 1 definition


Pratijneshvara 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 Pratijñeśvara can be transliterated into English as Pratijnesvara or Pratijneshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Pratijñeśvara (प्रतिज्ञेश्वर) refers to one of the four Liṅgas of Śiva installed by Skanda (Kārttikeya) after slaying the Asuras Tāraka and Bāṇa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.11 (“The Victory of Kumāra”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] O sage, with great pleasure and observing the rules Skanda installed three phallic emblems of Śiva that quell all sins. The first is called Pratijñeśvara, the second Kapāleśvara and the last Kumāreśvara. The three are capable of conferring all the achievements. Thereafter Kumāra, the lord of all, joyously installed the phallic image Stambheśvara, near the column of victory. [...]”.

Note: The four phallic images of Śiva [e.g., Pratijñeśvara] were set up at Cambay, the scene of the battlefield, to commemorate the Victory of Guha over Tāraka, the Asura-chief.

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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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