Shivananda, Sivananda, Śivānanda, Shiva-ananda: 7 definitions


Shivananda means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Śivānanda can be transliterated into English as Sivananda or Shivananda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shivananda in Yoga glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Swami Sivananda Saraswati is the founder of "The Divine Life Society", "Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy" and author of over 200 books on yoga. Sivananda Yoga is named after him.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (yoga)

Śivānanda (शिवानन्द) or Śivānandasarasvatī is the author of the Yogacintāmaṇi, a 17th-century text on Haṭhayoga consisting of 3423 verses.—The approximate number of verses is given in a scribal comment at the end of a manuscript of the Yogacintāmaṇi held at the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute (ms. No. 9785 p. 257, line 14).

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shivananda in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śivānanda (शिवानन्द).—The goddess enshrined at Śivakuṇḍa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 38.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Shivananda in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द) is the name of a teacher.—After Abhinava has listed the Yuganāthas, their consorts and disciples who are worshipped in the Siddhacakra, he says that “there are other teachers and their consorts mentioned in the Kālīkula” (Tantrāloka 29.43ab) Jayaratha explains that: “because they are disembodied (amūrta) they should only be recollected and not worshipped in a special way (as) the previous teachers have not mentioned them” (ibid. commentary). Jayaratha quotes the Devīpañcaśataka (verse 3.15cd-17ab) as an example of a Kālīkrama Tantra in which they are mentioned. They are: [e.g., Śivānanda and Samayā;] [...] (preamble to Tantrāloka verse 29.43-46ab).

2a) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द) or Śivānandanātha is another name for Śiva-Nātha: one of the Nine Nāthas according to sources such as the Kulakaulinīmata and Kumārikākhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra.—In accord with the basic triadic division of the universe, the Nine Nāthas are divided into three groups of three. Three have authority on the earth. Three went down into the nether-worlds, and the remaining three flew up into the sky. [...] Again, the Nine Nāthas are (also) arranged separately in (another), conventional order. Thus, (out of these nine) the seventh, Śivānandanātha, the eighth, Rāmānandanātha and ninth, Kṛṣṇānandanātha -these three out of the nine went up into the sky and (so) have no authority (in this world) as they are Skyfarers (who have become so) by the power of the goddess’s Command.

2b) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द) is the Pūjā-name of Mātaṅga: another one of the Nine Nāthas according to the Kubjikānityāhnikatilaka.—Dehila is the name at birth (i.e., the original names of the Siddhas) of Mātaṅga. His Pūjā-name is Śivānanda [Alternatively, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā it is Śivāmbhoja]. This Pūjā name is the one by which the Siddhas are worshipped.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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India history and geography

Source: Wisdom Library: Teachers, Saints and Sages

Śivānanda (ஶிவாநந்dஅ) is another name for Sivanandar—one of the Siddhars (Siddhas) and Rishis mentioned by Rangarasa Desiga Swamigal in his Siddhargal Potri Thoguppu. Each name in the list starts with prefix ‘Om’ followed by the Siddhar’s names and ends with refrain ‘Thiruvadigal Potri’. For example for Śivānanda: ஓம் சிவானந்தர் திருவடிகள் போற்றி [ōm civāṉantar tiruvaṭikaḷ pōṟṟi].—These Siddhas experienced union with the ultimate reality and witnessed a spiritual transformation of their intellectual, mental, vital and ultimately, physical bodies.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shivananda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Upanayanacintāmaṇi.

2) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द):—Devāvataraṇa kāvya.

3) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द):—Prakāśodaya [tantric]

4) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द):—son of Tārāpati Ṭhakkura: Nirṇayadarpaṇa [dharma]

5) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द):—brother of Trilocana, son of Muralīdhara, father of Bhīmasena Dīkṣita (Kāvyaprakāśaṭīkā Sudhāsāgara 1723).

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

1) Śivānanda (शिवानन्द):—[from śiva] m. ‘Śiva’s joy’

2) [v.s. ...] (also with bhaṭṭa, ācārya, gosvāmin, and sarasvatī) Name of various authors and other men, [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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