Shankhin, Śaṅkhin: 8 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

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The Sanskrit term Śaṅkhin can be transliterated into English as Sankhin or Shankhin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Śaṅkhin (शङ्खिन्) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Śaṅkhinī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Guṇacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the guṇacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Śaṅkhin] are whitish red in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śaṅkhin (शङ्खिन्).—m.

1) The ocean.

2) An epithet of Viṣṇu.

3) A conch-blower.

4) A worker in shells.

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

Śaṅkhin (शङ्खिन्).—mfn. (-ṅkhī-ṅkhinī-ṅkhi) Possessing or having a conch or shell, &c. m. (-ṅkhī) 1. Vishnu. 2. The ocean. 3. A shell-blower. 4. A worker in shells. f. (-nī) 1. A sort of grass, (Andropogon aciculatum.) 2. A plant, (Cissampelos hexandra.) 3. A description of woman, one of the four classes into which females are divided in erotic writings; the Sank'hini is described as tall, with long hair, neither stout nor thin, of irascible disposition and strong passions. 4. A goddess or Sakti worshipped by the Baud'dhas. 5. A female spirit or goblin. E. śaṅkha a shell, ini aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaṅkhin (शङ्खिन्).—i. e. śaṅkha + in, I. adj. Having a shell or shells. Ii. m. 1. The ocean. 2. A shell-blower. 3. A worker in shells. 4. Viṣṇu (cf. hema-śaṅkha). Iii. f. inī. 1. One of the four classes into which females are divided. 2. A female spirit.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaṅkhin (शङ्खिन्).—[adjective] having a shell or shells; [feminine] mother of pearl.

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

1) Śaṅkhin (शङ्खिन्):—[from śaṅkha] mfn. possessing a conch (as Viṣṇu), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] bearing shells (as water), [Āpastamba]

3) [v.s. ...] possessing the treasure called Śaṅkha, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] possessed by the demon Ś°, [Āpastamba-gṛhya-sūtra]

5) [v.s. ...] m. the ocean, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] a worker in shells, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of Viṣṇu, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śaṅkhin (शङ्खिन्):—[(ṅkhī-ṅkhinī-ṅkhi)] 1. m. Vishnu; the ocean; a worker in shells. f. Sort of grass or woman. a. Having a conch.

[Sanskrit to German]

Shankhin in German

context information

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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