Shirashchinna, Shiras-chinna, Śiraśchinna, Śiraḥchinna: 1 definition


Shirashchinna 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 terms Śiraśchinna and Śiraḥchinna can be transliterated into English as Siraschinna or Shirashchinna or Sirahchinna or Shirahchinna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Shirashchhinna.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shirashchinna in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śiraśchinna (शिरश्छिन्न) refers to “cutting off someone’s head”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.9 (“Boasting of Tāraka”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka-Asura said to the Gods: “[...] In his sixth incarnation (as Paraśurāma) he cut off the head (śiraśchinna) of his own mother. This wicked man insulted his own preceptor’s son. Incarnating as Kṛṣṇa he defiled the wives of others and forced them to violate the traditional virtues of the family. He contracted his marriages without any reference to the Vedic path. [...]”.

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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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