Somasharman, aka: Somaśarman; 4 Definition(s)
Somasharman 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.
The Sanskrit term Somaśarman can be transliterated into English as Somasarman or Somasharman, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Somaśarman (सोमशर्मन्):—In the 27th dvāpara, Śiva will be dvija named Somaśarman who will reside at the Prabhāsa-tīrtha.Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna
Somaśarman (सोमशर्मन्).—A son of Śāliśūka and father of Śatadhanva.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 14-5; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 30.
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.
Katha (narrative stories)
Somaśarman (सोमशर्मन्) is the name of a Brāhman from Supratiṣṭhita, whose story is related in the ‘story of Guṇāḍhya’, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara chapter 6. Somaśarman had 2 sons named Vatsa and Gulma, and he also had a daughter named Śrutārthā.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Somaśarman, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Somaśarman (सोमशर्मन्) is the name of a Brahman into whose family Śiva descended, during this Kali age.—According to a copper-plate inscription found in Malhar, Chhattisgarh, written around 650 CE: “Now having reached the kali age, Śiva descended in this world as Lord Lakulīśa. He was born in the family of a Brahman called Somaśarman (“Whose Shelter Is the Moon”), was initiated by him into the mahāvrata, and became Jagadindu (“Moon of the World”). He then initiated Musalisa. Then, in due course, the venerable Bhīmasoma, disciple of Tejasoma and grand-disciple of Rudrasoma, [was also initiated] according to the tradition started by Soma”.
According to the inscription, it is Somaśarman who initiates Śiva’s incarnation, Lakulīśa, into the mahāvrata. It is perhaps also Somaśarman who gives Lakulīśa an initiation name, Jagadindu (unless we interpret this as a mere epithet), of which the second half, indu, is a synonym of soma, the moon.Source: academia.edu: Kāpālikas
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
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Vatsa (वत्स).—(compare Vaṃśa 2); (1) a pupil of the ascetic Kāśyapa, thus fellow-pupil of Śarab...
Gulma (गुल्म).—m. (-lmaḥ) 1. The division of an army, a body of troops, consisting of nine plat...
Sumana (सुमन).—mfn. (-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Handsome, beautiful. m. (-naḥ) 1. Wheat. 2. The thorn-apple, ...
Suvrata (सुव्रत).—mfn. (-taḥ-tā-taṃ) Virtuous, strict, rigidly observing any religious vow or o...
Kaṇāda (कणाद).—The founder of Vaiśeṣika is Kaṇāda. The name Kaṇāda has been variously interpret...
Lakulīśa (लकुलीश) is the name of Śiva he assumes in this Kali age.—According to a copper-plate ...
Supratiṣṭhita (सुप्रतिष्ठित).—(1) n. of a former Buddha: Mv iii.230.12 f.; (2) n. of a devaput...
Śrutārtha (श्रुतार्थ).—a fact verbally or orally communicated. °आपत्तिः (āpattiḥ) see अर्थापत्त...
Ākṣapāda (आक्षपाद).—a. (-dī f.) [अक्षपाद-अण् (akṣapāda-aṇ)] Taught by Akṣapāda or Gautama.-daḥ ...
Śāliśūka (शालिशूक).—an awn or beard of rice. Derivable forms: śāliśūkaḥ (शालिशूकः).Śāliśūka is ...
Śivaśarman (शिवशर्मन्).—A brahmin well-versed in all śāstras (sciences). Śivaśarman, who lived ...
Rudrasoma (रुद्रसोम) is the name of a Brāhman, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 64. A...
Padma Purana is one of the major Puranas among the eighteen Mahapuranas and an ancient Hindu...
Musalisa (मुसलिस) is the name of a disciple of Lakulīśa.—According to a copper-plate inscriptio...
Jagadindu (जगदिन्दु) is the name of an epithet of Lakulīśa obtained after initiation into the m...
Search found 7 books and stories containing Somasharman or Somaśarman. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 20 - The Birth of Suvrata < [Section 2 - Bhūmi-khaṇḍa (section on the earth)]
Chapter 4 - Somaśarman’s Devotion Put to Severe Test < [Section 2 - Bhūmi-khaṇḍa (section on the earth)]
Chapter 17 - The Story of Somaśarman’s Previous Birth < [Section 2 - Bhūmi-khaṇḍa (section on the earth)]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 9 - Śiva’s incarnations as Yogācāryas < [Section 7.2 - Vāyavīya-saṃhitā (2)]
Chapter 5 - The nineteen incarnations of Śiva < [Section 3 - Śatarudra-saṃhitā]
The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
Chapter VI < [Book I - Kathāpīṭha]
Chapter CXXIV < [Book XVIII - Viṣamaśīla]
Appendix 5.1 - The Pañcatantra < [Appendices]
The Natyashastra (by Bharata-muni)