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Sarvajna, aka: Sarvajña, Sarvajñā; 3 Definition(s)

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Sarvajna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Sarvajña (सर्वज्ञ) is a Sanskrit name referring to one of the eight manifestations of Kāpāla, and also Bhīṣaṇa, both forms of Bhairava. According to the Rudrayāmala, there are eight main forms of Bhairava who control the eight directions of this universe. Each form (eg., Kāpāla) has a further eight sub-manifestations (eg., Sarvajña), thus resulting in a total of 64 Bhairavas.

When depicting Sarvajña according to traditional iconographic rules (śilpaśāstra), one should depcit him (and other forms of Kāpāla) having a yellow color and should carry in their hands the kuṇḍa, the kheṭaka, the parigha (a kind of club) and bhiṇḍipāla. The word Śilpaśāstra refers to an ancient Hindu science of arts and crafts, dealing with subjects such as painting, sculpture and iconography.

When depicting Sarvajña as one of the eight manifestations of Bhīṣaṇa, one should depict him having a red color and should carry in their hands the kuṇḍa, the kheṭaka, the parigha (a kind of club) and bhiṇḍipāla. The word Śilpaśāstra refers to an ancient Hindu science of arts and crafts, dealing with subjects such as painting, sculpture and iconography.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

Purāṇa

1) Sarvajña (सर्वज्ञ).—A son of Atri, the avatār of the 12th dvāpara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 157.

2) Sarvajñā (सर्वज्ञा).—A śakti, in the Sarvajñādyantaram—a protection of cakra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 19. 42; 36. 92.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Sarvajña (सर्वज्ञ).—Omniscient; one who knows everything-past, present and future.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

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