Shivabhakta, Shiva-bhakta, Śivabhakta: 7 definitions


Shivabhakta 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 Śivabhakta can be transliterated into English as Sivabhakta or Shivabhakta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त) refers to a “devotee of Śiva”, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.17. Accordingly, “[...] at the end of every five hundred thousand Japas, the aspirant shall perform Mahābhiṣeka and Naivedya. He shall worship devotees of Śiva for gratifying Śiva. Śiva becomes delighted at the worship of the devotee (śivabhakta). There is no difference between Śiva and the devotee of Śiva. He is Śiva Himself. The mantra is of the nature of Śiva. By holding the mantra the physical body of the devotee becomes identified with Śiva. Devotees of Śiva (śivabhakta) know all the rites, nay all the Vedic rites. The more an aspirant repeats the mantra of Śiva, the greater is the presence of Śiva in his body. For the woman devotee of Śiva, the symbol of the goddess shall be the form for concentration”.

According to the Śivapurāṇa 1.25, while explaining the greatness of Rudrākṣa:—“[...] he who applies ash (bhasma) and wears Rudrākṣa is called a devotee of Śiva (śivabhakta). A person devoted to the Japa of the five-syllabled mantra is a perfect and noble being”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त).—Eligible for Pārvaṇa Śrāddha.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 16. 9.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shivabhakta in Shaivism glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त) refers to “all those who have bhāvanā, who know music and dance, play musical instruments, and understand nāṭyarasa”. Highest among them are those who know the science of dance, proficient in dancing and also in counting mātrā. They are called Nartaka, one of the Pañcācārya, representing members of the dance troupe employed in Śiva temples.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivabhakta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त).—[masculine] a worshipper of Śiva.

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

Śivabhakta (शिवभक्त):—[=śiva-bhakta] [from śiva] m. ‘devoted to Ś°’, a Śaiva, [Catalogue(s)]

[Sanskrit to German]

Shivabhakta in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivabhakta in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śivabhakta (ಶಿವಭಕ್ತ):—

1) [noun] (masc.) a devotee of Śiva.

2) [noun] a man belonging to Vīraśaiva community.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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