Shakrabhilagna, Śakrābhilagna: 2 definitions



Shakrabhilagna means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Śakrābhilagna can be transliterated into English as Sakrabhilagna or Shakrabhilagna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Shakrabhilagna in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

Śakrābhilagna (शक्राभिलग्न) refers to a type of gemstone described in the “the second Avalokita-sūtra” of the Mahāvastu. Accordingly, when the Buddha (as a Bodhisattva) visited the bodhi-tree, several hunderd thousands of devas, in their place in the sky, adorned the Bodhisattva with several celestial substances. Then some of them envisioned the bodhi-tree as sparkling with śakrābhilagna gems.

The stories found in this part of the Mahāvastu correspond to the stories from the avidūre-nidāna section of the Nidāna-kathā. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shakrabhilagna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Śakrābhilagna (शक्राभिलग्न).—lit. fixed upon (worn by) Indra, name of a jewel: usually compounded or associated with a following maṇiratna (or merely ratna); according to Gaṇḍavyūha 498.22 Indra mastered the gods by its magic, °na-maṇiratnāva- baddhaḥ śakro devarājā sarvadevagaṇān abhibhavati; usually it has no direct connection with Indra but is merely a name of a particular gem; so in a list of names of gems Mahāvyutpatti 5960 °na-ratnam; Mahāvastu ii.310.21 °nehi maṇi- ratanehi samalaṃkṛtaṃ (bodhivṛkṣam); Sukhāvatīvyūha 54.8 °na- maṇiratna-vicitritaś (bodhivṛkṣaḥ); Gaṇḍavyūha 101.21 °na-maṇi- ratna-vitānair; Lalitavistara 297.16 °na-maṇiratna kṣipanti (at the tree of bodhi, before the Bodhisattva).

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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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