Trailokyadhipati, Trailokyādhipati: 2 definitions


Trailokyadhipati means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Trailokyadhipati in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Trailokyādhipati (त्रैलोक्याधिपति) refers to the “lord of the three worlds”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.19 (“Jalandhara’s emissary to Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Rāhu said to Śiva: “I am the messenger of the lord of the three worlds (trailokyādhipati), worthy of being served for ever by Daityas and serpents. I have come here to you on being sent by him. The son of the ocean Jalandhara became the lord of all Daityas and now he is the lord of the three worlds. He is the emperor of all. That powerful king of Daityas is like the god of death to the gods. Listen to what he says addressing you the Yogin. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Trailokyadhipati in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Trailokyādhipati (त्रैलोक्याधिपति) refers to the “chief of the three worlds” [i.e., namas trailokyādhipataye], [as mentioned in the Vajra-beak dhāraṇī taught by the Garuḍa-king], according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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