Ranjayanti, Rañjayantī: 2 definitions

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Ranjayanti 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Rañjayantī (रञ्जयन्ती) (Cf. Rañjayat) refers to “she who colours (the universe with desire)”, according to sources such as the Kulakaulinīmata and Kumārikākhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra.—Accordingly, “The goddess in the middle is (red) like vermillion and the Javā and Bandhūka flower. She is charming and beautiful. Auspicious, she holds a flower bow and arrows, noose and goad. Her topknot is red and she holds a bowl and a citron. She is joyful with the bliss of wine. She wears red clothes and has long red eyes. (Her) lips are (like) a flaming red lotus and she shines with red flowers. She is the mother (who makes people) passionate with attachment and she colours this universe (with desire) (rañjayantīrañjayantīmidaṃ jagat). Kāma, along with spring, resides in the Nanda forest. The (spring) breezes are close to him, in front and behind”.

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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»] — Ranjayanti in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Rañjayantī (रञ्जयन्ती) (Cf. Rañjayat) refers to “being engaged in applying (red lac juice)” (to one’s feet), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.45 (“Śiva’s comely form and the Jubilation of the Citizens”).—Accordingly, after Menā spoke to Śiva: “By that time the ladies of the town left the work they were engaged in, in their eagerness to see Śiva. [...] Another damsel engaged in applying (rañjayat) the red lac juice to her feet heard the tumult outside and so left it in the middle and came out to see the procession. Thus the ladies forsook their activities, left their houses and came out. On seeing the exquisite form of Śiva they were greatly fascinated. [...]”.

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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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