Shulapani, Śūlapāṇi, Shula-pani: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śūlapāṇi can be transliterated into English as Sulapani or Shulapani, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Śūlapāṇi (शूलपाणि) refers to one of the eight names of Śiva (śivanāma) and is mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.20 while explaining the mode of worshipping an earthen phallic image (pārthiva-liṅga) according to the Vedic rites:—“[...] the eight names of Śiva viz:—Hara, Maheśvara, Śambhu, Śūlapāṇi, Pinākadhṛk, Śiva, Paśupati and Mahādeva shall be used respectively for the rites of bringing the clay, kneading, installation, invocation, ceremonial ablution, worship, craving the forbearance and ritualistic farewell. Each of the names shall be prefixed with Oṃkāra. The name shall be used in the dative case and Namaḥ shall be added to them. The rites shall be performed respectively with great devotion and joy. [...]”.

2) Śūlapāṇi (शूलपाणि) refers to “one holding a trident in his hand”, attributed to Śiva’s attendants (Śivagaṇa), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.18.—Accordingly:—“[...] in the meantime the attendants of Śiva [viz., Śivagaṇas] with tridents (śūla) in their hands (pāṇi) [viz., Śūlapāṇi] and tinkling anklets (kiṅkiṇī) on their arms reached the spot in an aerial chariot (vimāna) in order to take him to Śivaloka.”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śūlapāṇi (शूलपाणि).—(see Śūlabhṛt or Śūladhara): a name of Śiva;1 admitted for share in sacrifice due to fear of Daṇḍa;2 approaches Nārāyaṇa after Brahmā issues from his belly; his approach is noticed by Brahmā and reported to Nārāyaṇa who explains his nature asking Brahmā to join him in a praise of; dialogue between Brahmā and Nārāyaṇa on the greatness of; praise of by both; gives boons to Brahmā who wants him as son or one equal to him; appreciates Viṣṇu and disappears.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 104. 10; 140. 48; 154. 396; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 33. 45.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 225. 18.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 24. 36-165; 25. 1-27.
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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-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śūlapāṇi (शूलपाणि).—m. epithets of Śiva; अधिगतधवलिम्नः शूलपाणेरभिख्याम् (adhigatadhavalimnaḥ śūlapāṇerabhikhyām) Śi.4.65; R.2.38.

Śūlapāṇi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śūla and pāṇi (पाणि). See also (synonyms): śūladhanvan, śūladhara, śūladhārin, śūladhruk, śūlabhṛt.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śūlapāṇi (शूलपाणि).—[adjective] holding a spear in the hand; [masculine] [Epithet] of Rudra-Śiva.

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

1) Śūlapāṇi (शूलपाणि):—[=śūla-pāṇi] [from śūla > śūl] mfn. having a spear in hand, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Rudra Śiva, [ṢaḍvBr.; Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] of various scholars and of a poet, [Sadukti-karṇāmṛta; Catalogue(s) etc.]

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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. 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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