Trishirsha, Triśīrṣa, Tri-shirsha: 9 definitions


Trishirsha 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.

The Sanskrit term Triśīrṣa can be transliterated into English as Trisirsa or Trishirsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Trishirsha in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Triśīrṣa (त्रिशीर्ष) is the name of a cave (guha), as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 108. Accordingly, “... king, that Mandaradeva lives in a distant and difficult country, and he will be hard for you to overcome until you have achieved all the distinctive jewels of an emperor (cakravartin-ratna). For he [Mandaradeva] is protected by the cave, called the cave of Triśīrṣa, which forms the approach to his kingdom, and the entrance of which is guarded by the great champion Devamāya. But that cave can be forced by an emperor who has obtained the jewels..”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Triśīrṣa, 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.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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

Triśīrṣa (त्रिशीर्ष) is the name of a Snake-king (nāgarāja), according to the 2nd-century Meghasūtra (“Cloud Sutra”) in those passages which contain ritual instructions.—Accordingly, “[...] For thrice seven days uninterruptedly, with cow-dung, in the eastern quarter the snake-king called Triple-crest (Triśīrṣa), with his retinue, must be painted; in the western, the snake king called Avabhāsanasikhin is to be painted, seven crested, with a retinue of serpents; in the north, the snake-king called Meghasaṃcodana, nine-crested, is to be depicted; a blue canopy and blue dress, blue banner and all the offering is to be made blue; but the sweet offering to the snakes, and the triple-sweet, must be offered,—an oblation of all; [...]”

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Trishirsha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Triśīrṣa (त्रिशीर्ष).—Śiva.

Derivable forms: triśīrṣaḥ (त्रिशीर्षः).

Triśīrṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and śīrṣa (शीर्ष).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Triśīrṣa (त्रिशीर्ष).—name of a nāga king: Megh 308.7; = next.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Triśīrṣa (त्रिशीर्ष).—adj. having three heads, Mahābhārata 1, 2162. Daśaśīrṣa, i. e.

Triśīrṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and śīrṣa (शीर्ष).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Triśīrṣa (त्रिशीर्ष).—[adjective] three-headed.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Triśīrṣa (त्रिशीर्ष):—[=tri-śīrṣa] [from tri] mfn. three-headed, [Mahābhārata] (Śiva, [xii]), [Harivaṃśa]

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Trishirsha in German

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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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