Rameshvara, Rāmeśvara, Rama-ishvara, Rameśvara: 20 definitions


Rameshvara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Rāmeśvara and Rameśvara can be transliterated into English as Ramesvara or Rameshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Rameshvara in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) or Rāmeśa refers to one of twelve Jyotirliṅgas, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.22 while explaining the importance of the partaking of the Naivedya of Śiva. Rāmeśvara is located on the island of Rameśvara.

2) Rameśvara (रमेश्वर) is another name for Viṣṇu [? i.e., ramā+īśvara=“Lord/Husband of Ramā” ?], according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.23 (“Attempt of Himavat to dissuade Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, after Brahmā spoke to Viṣṇu: “On hearing these words of mine on behalf of the heaven-dwellers, lord Viṣṇu [i.e., rameśvararameśvaraḥ] seated on the Serpent couch spoke to us:—[...]”.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर).—There is in South India a very famous holy place called Rāmeśvara and a Śiva temple there. Rāma and others encamped on the sea shore to cross over to Laṅkā to release Sītā from Rāvaṇa’s custody. This temple, according to Kamba, was built by Rāma at that time. The following story is from the Yuddha Kāṇḍa of Kamba Rāmāyaṇa.

To make the passage over to Laṅkā easy, Rāma decided to build a great temple at Rāmeśvara and install a Śivaliṅga in the temple. Under the expert supervision of the great architects, Nala and Nīla, all the monkeys cooperated to build the temple. As ordered by Rāma, Hanūmān went to Kailāsa to fetch Śivaliṅga. Hanūmān did not return with the liṅga though the auspicious time for the installation was very near. How could the installation be made without the idol and the installation had to be made at the appointed time. (See full article at Story of Rāmeśvara from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर).—Is Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 33. 12.

1b) A tīrtha sacred to Pitṛs; one visiting it after bath at Gayā has no rebirth.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 108. 27.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) is the name of a sacred place in the middle of the bridge across the ocean constructed by Rāma, according to the Vaṃśānucarita section of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] On returning Hanumān told everything to Rāma and preparation for war started. Having constructed a bridge across the ocean Rāma went to Laṃka with His army and fought with Rāvaṇa who was killed along with the demon force. While returning from Laṃka with Sītā, Rāma established Lord Mahādeva in the middle of the bridge who became famous as Rāmeśvara Mahādeva. Afterwards Rāma was installed on the throne.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Prabhupada Books: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) refers to a Śiva temple near Mādurā.—Southern Madurai, presently known as Mādurā, is situated on the banks of the Bhāgāi River. This place of pilgrimage is specifically meant for the devotees of Lord Śiva; therefore it is called Śaiva-kṣetra, that is, the place where Lord Śiva is worshiped. In this area there are mountains and forests. There are also two Śiva temples, one known as Rāmeśvara and the other known as Sundareśvara.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Rameshvara in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) is the name of a Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva) that is associated with the Prabhāvatī-tīrtha (a sacred bathing place). It represents the fourteenth of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas (e.g., Rāma-īśvara) has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.

The auspiscious time for bathing near the Rāmeśvara-liṅga at the Prabhāvatī-tīrtha is mentioned as “caitra-pūrṇimā” (latin: caitra-purnima). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

[«previous next»] — Rameshvara in Vyakarana glossary
Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर).—A grammarian who wrote a small compendium on grammar named शुद्धाशुबोध (śuddhāśubodha).

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous next»] — Rameshvara in Chandas glossary
Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Rameśvara (रमेश्वर), son of Vāsudeva Sārvabhauma, was conferred with the title of Mahāmahopādhyāya. As the colophon of the manuscript (of the Chandoratnākara) reads, Rameśvara was awarded with the title Vācaspati. The Descriptive Catalogue of Asiatic Society, Calcutta Vol. VI reads his name as Rāmeśvara, but his name occurred in the colophonic mark says Rameśvara.

Rameśvara mentions many authorities and texts, which shows his wider range of scholarship. The texts quoted in Chandoratnākara are: Śrutabodha, Tālādhyāya of Gītiprakāśa, Saṅgītaratnākara, Chandoratnāvalī, Chandogovinda, Chandomañjarī, Mārkaṇḍeyapurāṇa, Kūrmapurāṇa. The authorities are: Māgha, Bhaṭṭi, Piṅgala, Jayadeva.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) is the name of a sacred site (pīṭha) presided over by Kharvarī, according to the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala. Kharvarī is a deity situated in one of the six petals of the eastern lotus, of which the presiding deity is kuleśvarī (presiding lady) named Māmakī. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī.

Rāmeśvara is one of the twenty-four pīṭhas, or ‘sacred-site’ (six lotuses each having six petals), each corresponding with a part of the human body. Rāmeśvara is to be contemplated as situated between the brows. Besides being associated with a bodily spot, each pīṭha represents an actual place of ancient India frequented particularly by advanced tantric practitioners

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) is one of the four Upapīthas (‘sacred spot’) present within the Cittacakra (‘circle of mid’) which is associated with the Ḍākinī named Khecarī (‘a woman going in the sky’), according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. Cittacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts (viz., Rāmeśvara) resided over by twenty-four ‘sacred girls’ (ḍākinīs) whose husbands abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Rāmeśvara has the presiding Ḍākinī named Kharvarī whose husband, or hero (vīra) is named Amitābha. The associated internal location is ‘middle of the forehead’ and the bodily ingredients (dhātu) are ‘bones’. According to the Vajraḍākavivṛti, the districts Himagiri, Kāñcī, Devīkoṭa and Rāmeśvara are associated with the family deity of Saṃcālinī; while in the Abhidhānottarottaratantra there is the Ḍāka deity named Buddhaḍāka standing in the center of the districts named Godāvarī, Devīkoṭa, Rāmeśvara and Mālava (Pañcāla).

Source: MDPI Books: The Ocean of Heroes

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) is the name of Upapīṭha (category of holy sites), according to the 10th-century Ḍākārṇava-tantra: one of the last Tibetan Tantric scriptures belonging to the Buddhist Saṃvara tradition consisting of 51 chapters.—Accordingly: “Now, [the Blessed One] has taught [holy sites] such as the pīṭha and upapīṭha in sequence. (1) The pīṭha [sites] are Pūrṇagiri, Jālandhara, and Oḍyāyana. Arbuda is likewise the pīṭha. (2) With Godāvarī, the upapīṭha [sites] are Rāmeśvara and Devikoṭa (for Devīkoṭa). Mālava is also the upapīṭha . [...] Girls who are in these places are of [the nature of] the innate, born in their own birthplaces. [...]”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Shodhganga: Temple arts and architecture in the Srivilliputtur region

Rāmeśvara refers to Rāmeśvaram (Tamil Irāmēccuram) on the east coast was associated with Śrī Rāma of the Rāmāyaṇa fame.—Since time immemorial Rāmeśvara [Rameśvaram] on the east coast was associated with Śrī Rāma of the Rāmāyana fame and the temple therein is said to have been originally established by the hero of the epic fame. It is from here that the famous Setu (Setubandhana [Setubandhanam]) is said to have lain to cross the way to Laṅkā in an effort to redeem Sītā. Several hymns in the Tēvāram extol the praise of Rāmeśvaram (Tamil Irāmēccuram) and the Rāmaliṅga. Though an arid zone a number of kṣetras exist and continued to flourish in this region from time immemorial.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rameshvara in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rāmēśvara (रामेश्वर).—m One of the twelve lingams of Shiva.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर).—Name of a sacred place of pilgrimage.

Derivable forms: rāmeśvaraḥ (रामेश्वरः).

Rāmeśvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rāma and īśvara (ईश्वर).

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

Rameśvara (रमेश्वर).—[masculine] the same.

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Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर).—[masculine] a man’s name.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Vedeśvara, grandson of Caṇḍeśvara, father of Gadādhara, father of Vidyādhara, father of Ratnadhara, father of Jagaddhara (Vāsavadattāṭīkā etc.). L. 1981.

2) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—father of Dhīreśvara, grandfather of Jyotirīśvara Kaviśekhara (Dhūrtasamāgama). Oxf. 140^a.

3) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—father of Nārāyaṇa, father of Śaṅkara, father of Nīlakaṇṭha, whose daughter was the wife of Mahādeva, son of Rāmeśvara, and mother of Divākara (Dānahārāvalī etc.). Divākara had a son Vaidyanātha. Io. 50.

4) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—of the Vatsa gotra, from Āndhradeśa, father of Narasiṃha Bhaṭṭa, father of Mallinātha, father of Nārāyaṇa and Narahari (Kāvyaprakāśaṭīkā 1242). Peters. 1, 74.

5) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Āśaucaśataka and—[commentary].

6) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Gṛhyapaddhaṭi. Ṣoḍaśasaṃskārasetu.

7) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Jātakasāra.

8) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Pañcapakṣīṭīkā jy. Bhāsvatīṭīkā. Siddhāntamudrā. Strījātakaṭīkā. Hillājavyākhyā.

9) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Piṣṭapaśutiraskariṇī.

10) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Vedāntaśāstrāmbudhiratna.

11) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Śuddhāśubodha [grammatical]

12) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Sūtrārtha (?) [grammatical] Oudh. V, 10.

13) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Saubhāgyodaya Paraśurāmasūtravṛtti. See Vidyākalpasūtra.

14) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—son of Govinda, son of Aṅgadeva, son of Nāgapāśa, father of Nārāyaṇa (Vṛttaratnākaraṭīkā): Rāmakutūhala kāvya. Quoted by his son Oxf. 198^b.

15) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—son of Narendra: Āyurvedasiddhāntasambodhinī.

16) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—surnamed kṣīrasāgara son of Śrīpati Bhaṭṭa, pupil of Govinda, the author of the Pīyūṣadhārā. Peters. Extr. 4, 60: Hillājavyākhyā.

17) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—son of Tribhuvanatilaka (perhaps this is only an epithet): Upasargavicāra.

18) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—Sadyogacintāmaṇi med. Ak 954.

19) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—son of Raghunātha, grandson of Nandana, composed in 1676: Prabodhamihirodaya.

20) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—son of Śrīkānta: Hariharatāratamya kāvya.

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

1) Rameśvara (रमेश्वर):—[from ramā > ram] ([Purāṇa]) m. = = ramādhipa.

2) Rāmeśvara (रामेश्वर):—[from rāma] m. (also with bhaṭṭa, bhāratī, maithila, yogīndra, śarman, śāstrin, śukla etc.) Name of various authors and other men

3) [v.s. ...] n. Name of a Liṅga, [Rāmatāpanīya-upaniṣad]

4) [v.s. ...] of a Tīrtha, [ib.]

5) [v.s. ...] of an island (which with its coral reef or bridge of rocks nearly connects the South of India with Ceylon) and of the celebrated Śaiva temple and town on it (this is the place where Rāma is supposed to have crossed to Ceylon and one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage in India), [Religious Thought and Life in India 443]

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rameshvara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Rāmēśvara (ರಾಮೇಶ್ವರ):—

1) [noun] a town and holy pilgrimmage centre in the southern tip of India.

2) [noun] Śiva, the main god of this town.

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