Shrishaila, Śrīśaila, Shri-shaila: 10 definitions
Shrishaila 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 Śrīśaila can be transliterated into English as Srisaila or Shrishaila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल).—Name of a minor mountain (kṣudraparvata) situated in Bhārata, a region south of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. In the settlements (janapada) along these mountains dwell Āryas and Mlecchas who drink water from the rivers flowing there. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल) or Mallikārjuna refers to one of twelve Jyotirliṅgas, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.22 while explaining the importance of the partaking of the Naivedya of Śiva. Śrīśaila is located at on a mountain near the river Kṛṣṇā.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल).—A Mt in Bhārata varṣa, sacred to Śiva. Rukmī addressed himself to this god: visited by Balarāma;1 sacred to Lalitāpīṭha;2 sacred to Goddess Mahādevī and the Pitṛs;3 a part of the burning Tripura fell there.4
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 19. 16; X. 61. 23; 79. 13.
- 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 98.
- 3) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 31; 22. 43.
- 4) Ib. 188. 79.
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.
Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: Prabhupada Books: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta
Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल).—According to Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta, Madya-lila 9.174-175, “Thus Paramānanda Purī started for Jagannātha Purī, and Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu began walking toward Śrī Śaila. It was in Śrī Śaila that Lord Śiva and his wife Durgā lived in the dress of brāhmaṇas, and when they saw Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, they became very much pleased”.
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura remarks, "Which Śrī Śaila is being indicated by Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī is not clearly understood. There is no temple of Mallikārjuna in this area because the Śrī Śaila located in the district of Dhārwād cannot possibly be there. That Śrī Śaila is on the southern side of Belgaumā, and the Śiva temple of Mallikārjuna is located there. (Refer to text fifteen of this chapter.) It is said that on that hill Lord Śiva lived with Devī. Also, Lord Brahmā lived there with all the demigods."
Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
1) Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल) is another name for the Kaumara mountain (identified with Śrīśaila in Andhra) and refers to one of the ten places visited by the Goddess on her pilgrimage, according to Tantric texts such as the Kubjikāmata-tantra, the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, as the Goddess said: “I am (now) going again there to the Kula mountain in India that has been praised by those who know it as Śrīparvata from ages without beginning. (Also) called (mount) Kumāra, it is adorned with an umbrella for shade”.
Like Kailāśa and Meru, Śrīśaila, also known as Śrīparvata, is projected into the End of the Twelve, to crown the sacred body. Śrīśaila is the mountain of Śrī—good fortune, sovereign power, spiritual and material wealth. Śrīśaila is a hill, explains Day: “situated in the Karnal country in the Balaghaut Ceded districts and on the south side of the Kṛṣṇā river, at the north-western extremity of the Karnul territory, about 102 miles west, south-west of Dharanikoṭa and 82 miles east, north-east of Karnul and 50 miles from the Kṛṣṇa station of the G.I.P. Railway.... It is an isolated hill about 1570 feet high surrounded on three sides by the river Kṛṣṇā and on the fourth partly by the Bhimanakollam torrent”.
2) Śrīśaila (कोङ्कणा) is the name of a sacred mountain presided over by the Goddess Barbarā, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—The subsidiary seats (upapīṭha) the goddess created by her gaze (avalokana) are four sacred mountains, of which one is Arbuda. A goddess resides on each mountain and exerts her authority there at Kubjikā’s behest, granting success (siddhi) to her devotees. They are: 1) Śrīśaila—Barbarā 2) Māhendra—Mahātārikā 3) Kailāśa—Kamalā 4) Arbuda—Koṅkaṇā.
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.
India history and geographySource: Epigraphia Indica Vol. 36: Tenali plates of eastern Chālukya Vijayāditya I grant
Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल) is one of the three shrines (liṅga) associated with Triliṅga: an ancient Sanskrit name of the Andhra country, accoriding to verses on the Annavarappāḍu plates of Kāṭaya Vema Reḍḍi. The Reḍḍis (Reddy) were an ancient Telugu dynasty from the 14th century who brought about a golden age of the Andhra country. According to the plates, their captial was named Addaṅki (Addaṃki) which resembled Heaven (Amarāvatī) by the beauty of its horses, the donors and the women. King Vema, son of Anna-bhūpati of the Paṇṭa family, can be identified with Anavema of the inscription at Śrīśaila.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल).—[masculine] [Name] of [several] mountains.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Śrīśaila (श्रीशैल):—[=śrī-śaila] [from śrī] m. Name of various mountains, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
2) [v.s. ...] (with sūri) Name of an author
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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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