Shivadhyana, Śivadhyāna, Śivādhyāna, Shiva-dhyana: 3 definitions


Shivadhyana 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 Śivadhyāna and Śivādhyāna can be transliterated into English as Sivadhyana or Shivadhyana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Śivādhyāna (शिवाध्यान) refers to “Pārvatī’s manner of meditation”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.28 (“Description of the fraudulent words of the Brahmacārin”).—Accordingly, after Pārvatī said to her maid: “Saying this, O sage, even as Pārvatī was about to step ahead, the Brahmin manifesting as Śiva clasped his beloved. After assuming the handsome form in the manner Pārvatī (śivādhyāna) had meditated upon and manifesting it to Pārvatī, Śiva addressed her while she stood with her lowered head”.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Śivadhyāna (शिवध्यान) is described in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—The five forms [viz., pañcavaktra] represent the soul, Prakṛti, Buddhi, Ahaṃkāra and Manas. They pervade the universe as the different sense organs, subtle elements etc. The Saurapurāṇa advocates the dhyāna of Śiva conceiving Him as having five faces, ten arms and wearing the sacred thread of Serpents.

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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

Kannada-English dictionary

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

Śivadhyāna (ಶಿವಧ್ಯಾನ):—[noun] a meditating on Śiva or Śiva principle.

context information

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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