Shivamaya, Śivamaya, Shiva-maya, Śivamāyā: 4 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Shivamaya 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 Śivamaya and Śivamāyā can be transliterated into English as Sivamaya or Shivamaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śivamāyā (शिवमाया) refers to “Śiva’s illusion”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.2.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] O excellent sage, once the three sisters (i.e., Menā, Dhanyā, Kalāvatī) went to Śvetadvīpa (white island) in the world of Viṣṇu for sightseeing purpose. [...] Helpless by misfortune and deluded by lord Śiva’s illusion (i.e., śivamāyā) O sage, the three sisters did not stand up. Śiva’s illusion is weighty and capable of deluding the worlds. The entire universe is subservient to it. It is also called Śiva’s Will. The same is also called an action that has begun to fructify. Its names are many. Everything takes place on Śiva’s wish. There is nothing to be pondered over in this respect”.

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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

[«previous (S) next»] — Shivamaya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śivamaya (शिवमय).—[feminine] ī thoroughly devoted to Śiva.

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

1) Śivamaya (शिवमय):—[=śiva-maya] [from śiva] mf(ī or ā)n. full of prosperity, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] entirely devoted to Ś°, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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