Saumyamukha, Saumyamukhā: 2 definitions


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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Saumyamukhā (सौम्यमुखा) is the name of a Goddess (Devī) presiding over Aṭṭahāsa: one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18). Her weapon is the vajra. Furthermore, Saumyamukhā is accompanied by the Kṣetrapāla (field-protector) named Mahāghaṇṭa and their abode is the kadamba-tree.

According to the Kubjikāmatatantra, the Devī named Saumyāsyā is mentioned as the presiding deity of Aṭṭahāsa.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Saumyamukha (सौम्यमुख):—[=saumya-mukha] [from saumya > sauma] mf(ā)n. pleasant-faced, [Kāvya literature]

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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. 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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