Trikhanda, Trikhaṇḍa, Trikhaṇḍā: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Trikhanda in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Trikhaṇḍa (त्रिखण्ड).—A Prakaṭaśakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 19. 15; 42. 2; 44. 115.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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

1) Trikhaṇḍā (त्रिखण्डा) is the name of a Mantra described in the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.

2) Trikhaṇḍa (त्रिखण्ड) refers to the “three parts” (of the circular maṇḍala), according to the Brahmayāmala verse 57.55.—Accordingly, “Having first fashioned a circular, auspicious area of two hands, (breadth extending) east and west, and having first divided it in half with a thread, the circular maṇḍala is in three parts [i.e., trikhaṇḍa]”.

3) Trikhaṇḍa (त्रिखण्ड) refers to the union of Rudrakhaṇḍa, Mātṛkhaṇḍa and Cāmuṇḍākhaṇḍa, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “There, one (part) is the Rudrakhaṇḍa, the second is Mātṛkhaṇḍa, while one should know the third to be the excellent Cāmuṇḍākhaṇḍa. (This Vidyā) is called ‘Trikhaṇḍā’ because (it is formed) by the union of (these) three parts. It accomplishes every purpose and is taught everywhere”.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Trikhaṇḍā (त्रिखण्डा) refers to one of the ten gestures (daśamudrā or mudrā-daśaka) of the Goddess Nityā Sundarī, according to the Kāmasiddhi-stuti (also Vāmakeśvarī-stuti) and the Vāmakeśvaratantra (also known as Nityāṣoḍaśikārṇava).—[...] Although the Vāmakeśvaratantra does not assign a place for the gestures (mudrā) in the maṇḍala, it does describe them and asks the worshipper to use them during the worship. As found in the third chapter of the Vāmakeśvaratantra, these ten gestures are [e.g., trikhaṇḍā, ...]

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Trikhaṇḍa (त्रिखण्ड):—[=tri-khaṇḍa] [from tri] mfn. the inhabited earth as divided into 3 portions (the first 2 continents and half of the 3rd), [Śatruṃjaya-māhātmya x, 318; xiv, 309.]

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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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