Shrishaila, aka: Śrīśaila, Shri-shaila; 5 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Śrīśaila can be transliterated into English as Srisaila or Shrishaila, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
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: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
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: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
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)
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."Source: Prabhupada Books: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta
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’).
India history and geogprahy
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.Source: Epigraphia Indica Vol. 36: Tenali plates of eastern Chālukya Vijayāditya I grant
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Search found 16 books and stories containing Shrishaila, Śrīśaila, Shri-shaila, Srisaila, Śrī--śaila, Sri--saila; (plurals include: Shrishailas, Śrīśailas, shailas, Srisailas, śailas, sailas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Lalitopakhyana (Lalita Mahatmya) (by G.V. Tagare)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 19 - A Description of Śrīśaila < [Section 6 - Uttara-Khaṇḍa (Concluding Section)]
Chapter 1 - Sūta Romaharṣaṇa Agrees to Narrate Padma Purāṇa < [Section 3 - Svarga-khaṇḍa (section on the heavens)]
One hundred and eight (108) names of Sāvitrī < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 6: Emancipation (mokṣa) of Hanumat (Hanumān) < [Chapter X - Rāma’s mokṣa (emancipation)]
Part 7: Meeting of Hanumat (Hanumān) and Sītā < [Chapter VI - Bringing news of Sītā]
Part 4: Birth of Hanumat (Hanuman) < [Chapter III - Hanumat’s birth and Varuṇa’s subjection]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 34 - The March of Śaṅkhacūḍa < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 42 - The Twelve Jyotirliṅga incarnations < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
Chapter 22 - On the partaking of the Naivedya of Śiva and the greatness of Bilva < [Section 1 - Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 3 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
Part 4 - Rāmānuja Literature < [Chapter XVIII - An Historical and Literary Survey of the Viśiṣṭādvaita School of Thought]
Part 21 - Śaila Śrīnivāsa < [Chapter XX - Philosophy of the Rāmānuja School of Thought]
Part 3 - The Precursors of the Viśiṣṭādvaita Philosophy < [Chapter XVIII - An Historical and Literary Survey of the Viśiṣṭādvaita School of Thought]
The Brahma Purana (by G. P. Bhatt)