Samsmara, Saṃsmara: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Samsmara in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Saṃsmara (संस्मर) (Cf. Smara) means “remembering”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.5.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“Then the couple [i.e., Menā and Himācala], with great devotion remembered [i.e., saṃsmarasaṃsmaraturbhaktyā] the goddess for her birth in order to carry out the work of the gods. Then the Goddess who formerly had cast off her body to spite her father, by means of her Yogic powers, desired to be born of the wife of the mountain. In order to make her own words true, the great goddess, who bestows everything desired, delightedly entered the mind of the mountain with all her constituent elements. [...]”.

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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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