Shadbhuja, Ṣaḍbhuja, Shash-bhuja: 6 definitions


Shadbhuja means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Ṣaḍbhuja can be transliterated into English as Sadbhuja or Shadbhuja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Ṣaḍbhuja (षड्भुज) or Ṣaḍbhuja-Sitatārā refers to a deity from the White Tārā family, according to Buddhist Iconography.—As she [viz., Ṣaḍbhuja-Sitatārā] bears the image of Amoghasiddhi on the crown, her form has already been described. She is three-faced and six-armed and has no companions. [...] Strictly speaking, only those deities can be called Tārās to whom the mantra: “oṃ tārā tuttāre ture svāhā” is assigned. [...] From the colour of the different Tārās it will be possible to refer them [viz., Ṣaḍbhuja] to their respective Kulas or families presided over by the five Dhyāni Buddhas.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṣaḍbhuja (षड्भुज).—a S Six-armed. 2 Six-sided, hexagonal: also as s m a hexagon.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ṣaḍbhuja (षड्भुज).—a. (-ṣaḍbhuja) 1 six-armed.

2) six-sided, hexagonal.

-jaḥ a hexagon. (-) 1 an epithet of Durgā.

Ṣaḍbhuja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ṣaṣ and bhuja (भुज).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ṣaḍbhuja (षड्भुज).—mfn.

(-jaḥ-jā-jaṃ) Six armed, six-sided. m.

(-jaḥ) A hexagon. f.

(-jā) The water-melon. “kharamuja. E. ṣaṣ six, bhuja an arm or branch, &c., aff. ṭāp.

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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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