Trinetra, aka: Trinetrā, Tri-netra; 8 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Trinetrā (त्रिनेत्रा, “three-eyed”):—Name of one of the sixty-four mātṛs to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”, or “Durgā’s Retinue”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva. They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.

Her mantra is as follows:

ॐ त्रिनेत्रायै नमः
oṃ trinetrāyai namaḥ.

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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Trinetra (त्रिनेत्र).—A minister of Mahiṣāsura. The cabinet of Mahiṣāsura was extremely strong and brilliant. Cikṣura, virile and an expert in military science, was the Defence minister. The great economist, Tāmra, was the minister for finance. Udarka was the Commander-in-Chief and the three advisory members were Bāṣkala, Trinetra and Kālabandhaka. Śukrācārya was the minister for education. (5th Skandha, Devī Bhāgavata).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Trinetra (त्रिनेत्र).—See Śiva;1 constructed the Puṣpakam.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 27. 69; III. 23. 31; 24. 79; 25. 2; 32. 18.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 129. 36; 130. 12.

1b) The son of Nirvṛti; ruled for 28 years.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 271. 27.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Trinetra (त्रिनेत्र) is a Sanskrit name referring to one of the eight manifestations of Unmatta, who is a form of Bhairava. According to the Rudrayāmala, there are eight main forms of Bhairava who control the eight directions of this universe. Each form (eg., Unmatta) has a further eight sub-manifestations (eg., Trinetra), thus resulting in a total of 64 Bhairavas.

When depicting Trinetra according to traditional iconographic rules (śilpaśāstra), one should depcit him (and other forms of Unmatta) having a white color and good looks; he should carry in his hands the kuṇḍa, the kheṭaka, the parigha (a kind of club) and bhiṇḍipāla. The word Śilpaśāstra refers to an ancient Hindu science of arts and crafts, dealing with subjects such as painting, sculpture and iconography.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Trinetra (त्रिनेत्र) refers to one of the “eight embodiments” (mūrtyaṣṭaka) of Śiva according to the Svacchandatantra 10.1161–1162 where they are identical with the eight vidyeśvaras (lords of knowledge). The eight embodiments are also mentioned in a copper-plate inscription found in Malhar, Chhattisgarh, written around 650 CE.

All these manifestations of Śiva (eg., Trinetra) appear at the borders of various divisions of the universe according to the Lākula system.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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India history and geogprahy

Trinetra.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘three’. Note: trinetra is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Trinetra (त्रिनेत्र).—epithets of Śiva; R.3. 66; Ku.3.66;5.72.

Derivable forms: trinetraḥ (त्रिनेत्रः).

Trinetra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and netra (नेत्र). See also (synonyms): trinayana, trilocana.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Trinetra (त्रिनेत्र).—mfn.

(-traḥ-trā-traṃ) Tri-ocular. m.

(-traḥ) Siva. E. tri, and netra eye.

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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