Somanatha, aka: Somanātha, Soma-natha; 4 Definition(s)
Somanatha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.
Katha (narrative stories)
Somanātha (सोमनाथ).—Soḍḍhala has referred to Prabhāsa-kṣetra, on the coast of Kathiawar, where the shrine of Śrī Somanātha had been already established. People worshiped Somanātha for the fulfilment of their desired object. At the time of Soḍḍhala a great number of people went on a pilgrimage of Somanātha. The author refers to the huge crowd of pilgrims gathered together on a sacred day. He also refers that this shrine fulfilled the desires of the devotees.
According to a reference in the Skandapurāṇa the sacred shrine of Somanātha must have been the shrine of Bhairavanātha before it came to be known as Somanātha. Śrī Jote R. B. considers that the worship of Somanātha is connected with the worship of the moon and the fire and also notes that the worshipers of Śiva according to Somavidyā, the special cult of worshipping Śiva along with the moon, were in great numbers at Prabhāsa.(Source): Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
A park laid out by Parakkamabahu I. Cv.lxxix.10.(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Languages of India and abroad
sōmanātha (सोमनाथ).—m (S) One of the lingams of Shiva.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
1) Name of a celebrated Liṅga or the place where it was set up; (which by its splendour and enormous wealth attracted the attention of Mahomad of Ghazani who in 124 A.D. destroyed the image and carried of the treasure); तेषां मार्गे परिचयवशादर्जितं गुर्जराणां यः संतापं शिथिलमकरोत् सोमनाथं विलोक्य (teṣāṃ mārge paricayavaśādarjitaṃ gurjarāṇāṃ yaḥ saṃtāpaṃ śithilamakarot somanāthaṃ vilokya) | Vikr.18.87.
Derivable forms: somanāthaḥ (सोमनाथः).
Somanātha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms soma and nātha (नाथ).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Search found 12 books and stories containing Somanatha, Somanātha or Soma-natha. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Gautami Mahatmya (by G. P. Bhatt)
Later Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
Temples in Achyutamangalam < [Chapter XII - Temples of Kulottunga III’s Time]
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The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 14 - The origin of the Jyotirliṅga Somanātha < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
Chapter 42 - The Twelve Jyotirliṅga incarnations < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
Chapter 1 - The greatness of Jyotirliṅgas and their Upaliṅgas < [Section 4 - Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
The history of Andhra country (1000 AD - 1500 AD) (by Yashoda Devi)
Part 8 - Manda and Buddha (A.D. 1149-1173) < [Chapter IV - The Kondapadumatis (A.D. 1100-1282)]
Part 24 - Visvesvara (A D. 1377-1407) and Choda Ganga (A.D. 1391-1417) < [Chapter XI - The Chalukyas]
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Middle Chola Temples (by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam)
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Appointment of Temple Servants and Administrative Arrangements < [Tanjavur/Thanjavur (Rajarajesvaram temple)]