Rameshvara, Rāmeśvara, Rama-ishvara, Rameśvara: 14 definitions


Rameshvara means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

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.

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.
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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)

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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 (eg., 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)

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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)

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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).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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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).

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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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