Sahasrashiras, Sahasraśiras, Sahasra-shiras: 7 definitions

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Sahasrashiras 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 Sahasraśiras can be transliterated into English as Sahasrasiras or Sahasrashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sahasrashiras in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Sahasraśiras (सहस्रशिरस्) is the name of a mountain situated at lake Asitoda and mount Vipula, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. The Vipula mountain lies on the western side of mount Meru, which is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sahasraśiras (सहस्रशिरस्) refers to one who has a “thousand heads”, and is used as an epithet for Śeṣa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.31. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] O excellent sage, in the meantime a celestial voice arose, even as Dakṣa, the Devas and others were listening. The celestial Voice said:—‘[...] That Śakti is Śivā, Satī, the dust from whose feet is worn everyday by Śeṣa with his thousand heads [i.e., sahasraśiras]. Satī is the beloved of Śiva by meditating upon whose lotus-like feet for ever and by worshipping which Viṣṇu attained his Viṣṇu-hood’”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Sahasraśiras (सहस्रशिरस्) refers to the “thousand-headed (lord of the snakes)”, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “That, O goddess, is said to be the subtle (form), now listen to the gross one. [...] She holds a skull, dagger, javelin and ascetic’s staff. Fierce, she holds a knife, a great noose and sword. (She also holds) a thunderbolt, spear, bow, arrows and double-headed drum. Her neck is adorned with the great lord of snakes. She wears a snake as a sacred thread and (her) girdle is tied with that also. She is adorned with the thousand-headed lord of the snakes (who is) on (her) head [i.e., sahasraśirassahasraśirasā mūrdhni pannagendreṇa bhūṣitā]. Snakes are (her) anklets and bangles. Her topknot has the form of a burning fire and scorpions are (her) rings”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Sahasraśiras (सहस्रशिरस्).—a. thousandheaded (epithet of Viṣṇu); सहस्रशीर्षा पुरुषः (sahasraśīrṣā puruṣaḥ) Ṛv.1. 9.1; सहस्रशीर्षापि ततो गरुत्मता (sahasraśīrṣāpi tato garutmatā) Bhāg.4.1.1.

Sahasraśiras is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sahasra and śiras (शिरस्). See also (synonyms): sahasraśīrṣan, sahasraśīrṣa.

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

Sahasraśiras (सहस्रशिरस्).—[adjective] thousand-headed.

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

Sahasraśiras (सहस्रशिरस्):—[=sahasra-śiras] [from sahasra] mfn. th°-headed, [Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Pañcarātra]

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Sahasrashiras in German

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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 (even English!). 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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