Ranganatha, aka: Raṅganātha; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

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Raṅganātha (रङ्गनाथ).—A grammarian,son of नारायणयज्वा (nārāyaṇayajvā), who wrote a commentary named मकरन्द (makaranda) on Haradatta's Padamanjari.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

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Raṅganātha (रङ्गनाथ).—According to Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta, Madya-lila 9.80-81, “After bathing in the river Kāverī, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu saw the temple of Raṅganātha and offered His ardent prayers and obeisances. Thus He felt Himself successful. In the temple of Raṅganātha, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu chanted and danced in ecstatic love of Godhead. Seeing His performance, everyone was struck with wonder.”

When Sudarśanācārya was an old man, the Mohammedans attacked the temple of Raṅganātha and killed about twelve hundred Śrī Vaiṣṇavas. At that time the Deity of Raṅganātha was transferred to the temple of Tirupati in the kingdom of Vijaya-nagara. The governor of Gingeeṅ, Goppaṇārya, brought Śrī Raṅganātha from the temple of Tirupati to a place known as Siṃha-brahma, where the Lord was situated for three years. In the year 1293 Śaka (A.D. 1372) the Deity was reinstalled in the Raṅganātha temple. On the eastern wall of the Raṅganātha temple is an inscription written by Vedānta-deśika relating how Raṅganātha was returned to the temple.

Source: Prabhupada Books: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Śrī Raṅganātha is the name of a deity depicted at the Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam (Śrī Raṅgam), which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—[Śrī Raṅganātha as] Viṣṇu sleeps lying on a serpent with five heads, which serve as a canopy. This serpent is called Śeṣa (durable), Ādiśeṣa or Ananta (the eternal). As Viṣṇu sleeps on An anta, he is called Anantaśayana. The two wives of Viṣṇu, Śrīdevī and Bhūmīdevī, sit at his feet. He has often two hands. The right hand is always placed between the head and the pillow. The left hand is placed on the left thigh of the body. The stalk of a lotus issues from the navel of Viṣṇu, and on its flower Brahmā is seated. This posture is the ardhaśayana of Viṣṇu. While depicting in dance, the ardhaśayana posture of Viṣṇu has no separate term. The sleeping posture of Viṣṇu is depicted in dance in pārśvasūcī posture with one leg stretched sideways. The right hand is in patāka and the left hand is in dolā-hasta.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Raṅganātha (रङ्गनाथ).—Deity of Lord Viṣṇu worshiped in Śrī Raṅgam.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Śrī Raṅganātha is workshipped as Viṣṇu at the Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam (Śrī Raṅgam) which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—According to the sthala-purāṇa: [...] After the victorious return of Rāma from Sri Lanka, he gave many valuable presents to every one who served him in the conquest of Lanka. He presented the sacred vimāna of Śrī Raṅganātha to Vibhīṣaṇa for his unselfish and devoted service towards Rāma. Vibhīṣaṇa on his way to Lanka, he placed the Ranga vimāna on the existing abode of Śeṣa-pīṭha (a snake pedestal) on the banks of Śrī Candra Puṣkaraṇi and went on for a wash. At the same time the lord gave his darsan to all the sages and to King Dharma Varma and accepted to stay there to the request of the king. When Vibhīṣaṇa tried to carry the abode of the lord, he was unable to carry. The lord told him that the lord has blessed king Dharma Varma earlier and asked Vibhīṣaṇa to return to his capital of Lanka and that he would see his capital and bless him forever. Thus, Lord Śrī Raṅganātha became the deity for all the kings of the Chola dynasty.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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raṅganātha (रंगनाथ).—m (S) A common term for the figures (of copper or brass) representative of the child kṛṣṇa in certain postures or attitudes.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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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