Sthanu, aka: Sthānu, Sthāṇu; 14 Definition(s)

Introduction

Sthanu means something in 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.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु, “Standing Firmly, Motionless”):—One of the male offspring from Mahākālī (tamas-form of Mahādevī). Mahākālī is one of the three primary forms of Devī, the other two being Mahālakṣmī and Mahāsarasvatī. Not to be confused with Kālī, she is a more powerful cosmic aspect (vyaṣṭi) of Devi and represents the guṇa (universal energy) named tamas. Also see the Devī Māhātmya, a Sanskrit work from the 5th century, incorporated into the Mārkaṇḍeya-Purāṇa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—Śiva, the son of Brahmā. The eleven Rudras were born from Sthāṇu. (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 66).

2) Sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—One of the eleven Rudras. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 66, Verse 6).

3) Sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—A hermit. This hermit shines in the palace of Indra. (Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 7, Verse 17).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—The name of Vāmadeva who was prevented from proceeding with the work of creation;1 praised by the Gods before the swallowing of Kālakūṭa.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 4. 32.
  • 2) Ib. 250. 41.

1b) Ety. from sthā, to stand; after creating Rudras, Mahadeva stood as ūrdva reta (brahmacāri's life) upto the pralaya; his ten qualities are knowledge, vairāgya, aiśvarya, tapas, satya, patience, courage, the quality of creation, knowledge of self and the quality of establishing;1 gave up protection work and hence sthāṇu.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 64-7; 49. 28.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 1. 129; 9. 88.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.23, XIV.8.14, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sthāṇu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Kurukṣetra, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Sthāṇu) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु) or Sthāṇvāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Candrajñānāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Sthāṇu Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Candrajñāna-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु) is another name (synonym) for stambha, a Sanskrit technical term referring to “pillar”. These synonyms are defined in texts such as Mayamata (verse 15.2), Mānasāra (verse 15.2-3), Kāśyapaśilpa (verse 8.2) and Īśānaśivagurudevapaddati (Kriya, verses 31.19-20).

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Sthānu (स्थानु).—One of the names of Śiva-Rudra is Sthānu, ‘Pillar’, and he is described as sthānu-bhīta, ‘whose essence is a pillar’. The identification of Śiva and the pillar as axis mundi is the main significance of the liṅga, pre-eminent symbol of the god.

Source: Google Books: Indian Temple Architecture: Form and Transformation
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु) refers to “immovable” or “standing firmly”.—A particular posture adopted by some holy men (sādhus) who vow to remain for months or years perfectly motionless. Sthāṇu is also an epithet applied to Śiva. It refers to his great ascetic practices (tapas), when he remains motionless like a post, until the dissolution of the universe (pralaya).

Source: Google Books: The Illustrated Dictionary of Hindu Iconography
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु) in the Rigveda and later denotes a ‘stump’ or ‘post’ of wood.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—m n S A pillar or post. Ex. sthāṇūcē ṭhāyīṃ disē cōra ||. 2 A stake, a long peg, a naked and bare trunk: also the trunk of a tree generally.

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sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—a S Firm, fixed, steady.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—m n A naked and bare trunk; a post. a Firm.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—a. [sthā-nu pṛṣo° ṇatvam] Firm, fixed, steady, stable, immoveable, motionless; नित्यः सर्वगतः स्थाणुरचलोऽयं सनातनः (nityaḥ sarvagataḥ sthāṇuracalo'yaṃ sanātanaḥ) Bg.2.24; Mb.1.34.5.

-ṇuḥ 1 An epithet of Śiva; स स्थाणुः स्थिरभक्तियोगसुलभो निःश्रेयसायास्तु वः (sa sthāṇuḥ sthirabhaktiyogasulabho niḥśreyasāyāstu vaḥ) V.1.1.

2) A stake, post, pillar; अपि स्थाणुवदासीनः (api sthāṇuvadāsīnaḥ) Pt.1.49; किं स्थाणुरयमुत पुरुषः (kiṃ sthāṇurayamuta puruṣaḥ).

3) A peg, pin; स्थाणौ निषङ्गिण्यनसि क्षणं पुरः (sthāṇau niṣaṅgiṇyanasi kṣaṇaṃ puraḥ) Śi.12.26.

4) The gnomon of a dial.

5) A spear, dart.

6) A nest of white ants.

7) A drug or perfume called Jeevaka.

8) Stump, trunk; लता वल्लीश्च गुल्मांश्च स्थाणूनश्मन एव च (latā vallīśca gulmāṃśca sthāṇūnaśmana eva ca) Rām.2.8.6.

9) A particular posture in sitting. -m., n. A branchless trunk or stem, any bare stalk or stem, pollard.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sthāṇu (स्थाणु).—mfn. (-ṇuḥ-ṇaḥ-ṇu) Firm, fixed, steady, stable. m.

(-ṇuḥ) 1. Siva. 2. A stake, a pin. 3. A post. 4. A spear, a dart. 5. A nest of white ants. 6. The gnomon of a dial. 7. Jivaka, the drug and perfume. mn. (-ṇuḥ-ṇu) 1. The trunk of a tree of which the branches have been lopped off. 2. The branchless trunk or stem of any tree. E. ṣṭhā to stand, Unadi aff. nu .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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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