Shikhidhvaja, Śikhidhvaja, Shikhin-dhvaja: 6 definitions

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Shikhidhvaja means something in 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 Śikhidhvaja can be transliterated into English as Sikhidhvaja or Shikhidhvaja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śikhidhvaja (शिखिध्वज).—A king, who ruled over Mālava during the first Dvāparayuga in the seventh Manvantara. Cūḍālā, daughter of the king of Saurāṣṭra was Śikhidhvaja’s wife. The Jñānavāsiṣṭham contains a story about how the royal couple renounced all attachments in life as the result of intense tapas.

Śikhidhvaja and Cūḍālā began practising jñānayoga (communion through knowledge). It was Cūḍālā, who gained Siddhis first. Though the king was pleased with the achievements of his wife he felt sorry about his failure or drawbacks. Cūḍālā had attained the Siddhi to travel even in air. Though she told her husband emphatically that he could practise jñānayoga living in the palace itself, he quitted the city for the forest and began performing tapas there. Then on one day, she went to the presence of the king in the forest in the guise of a brahmin boy and stood there without touching the earth with his feet. The king treated the boy with honour and respect taking him for some Deva. Then she revealed her actual form, and the king agreed to return with her to the palace and practise jñānayoga there. At that juncture Cūḍālā created by her soul-power celestial women like Urvaśī and also Indra and lined them up before her husband. This was to test whether the king yielded to any of the temptations by the celestial women or by Indra and Cūḍālā returned with the king to the kingdom.

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

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śikhidhvaja (शिखिध्वज).—

1) an epithet of Kārtikeya.

2) smoke.

Derivable forms: śikhidhvajaḥ (शिखिध्वजः).

Śikhidhvaja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śikhin and dhvaja (ध्वज).

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

Śikhidhvaja (शिखिध्वज).—m.

(-jaḥ) 1. Smoke. 2. The deity Kartikeya. E. śikhi a peacock or fire, and dhvaja an emblem.

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

1) Śikhidhvaja (शिखिध्वज):—[=śikhi-dhvaja] [from śikhi > śikhā] m. ‘fire-marked’, smoke, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] ‘peacock-marked’, Name of Kārttikeya, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] n. Name of a Tīrtha, [Catalogue(s)]

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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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