Somananda, Somānanda, Soma-ananda: 6 definitions


Somananda 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

Somānanda (सोमानन्द) refers to one of the eight Bhairavas (bhairava-aṣṭaka) associated with Kāmākhya (corresponding to the eastern face of Bhairava), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—[...] The eight Bhairavas (bhairavāṣṭaka): Krodhīśa, Candragarbha, Kuṇṭīśa, Amṛteśvara, Tumburubhairaveśa, Somānanda, Tridaṇḍīśa, Ardhanārīśa.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Somananda in Hinduism glossary
Source: Google Books: Vaisnavism, Saivism and Minor Religious Systems

Somānanda (सोमानन्द):—The founder of the Pratyabhijñā school of Kāśmīra śaivism was Somānanda, the work written by whom is called Śivadṛṣṭi. But the principal treatise of the school was composed by his pupil Udayākara, and contains verses which are called Sūtras.

Source: Scribd: Saiva Arguments against the Grammarians Somananda's Sivadrishti

He was a ninth-century Kashmiri credited with founding the Pratyabhijñā or “Recognition” school of Śaivism.

Source: JSTOR: Śivadṛṣṭi of Somānanda

Somānanda, who was separated from Abhinavagupta by only two masters, Utpaladeva and Lakṣmaṇagupta, lived most probably in the first half of the X Century. In the last chapter of the Śivadṛṣṭi, Somānanda mentions in chronological order the names of frour masters who preceded him. The first of these is Saṅgamāditya who, having married a brāhmaṇa woman, settled in Kashmir. After him, the doctrine was passed down from father to son, to Varṣāditya, Aruṇāditya, and Ānanda, the father of Somānanda.

The Śivadṛṣṭi is the only one of Somānanda’s works to come down to us. Somānanda also wrote a prose commentary on the Parātriṃśikā. This work has now been lost but is frequently quoted by Abhinavagupta in his commentary on the Parātriṃśikā

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Somananda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Somānanda (सोमानन्द):—[from soma] ([Rājataraṅgiṇī]) m. Name of men.

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Somananda in German

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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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