Tryaksha, Tryakṣa, Tryakṣā, Tri-aksha: 15 definitions


Tryaksha means something in 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 terms Tryakṣa and Tryakṣā can be transliterated into English as Tryaksa or Tryaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Tryaksha in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there.

While the gaṇas such as Tryakṣa were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष).—An ancient place of habitation. When the King of this place went to see Dharmaputra with gifts the gate-keepers did not allow him to enter the palace premises. (Śloka 17, Chapter 51, Sabhā Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष).—An Asura.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 2. 4.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.13, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Tryakṣa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Tryakṣā (त्र्यक्षा) (Cf. Trinetra) refers to “she who has three eyes” and is used to describe Kṣemakārī—one of the nine attendants of Goddess Tvaritā, according to the Agnipurāṇa, the Tantrarāja verse 14.15-16 and the Kulakaulinīmata verse 3.82-88.—Accordingly, “[...] Huṃkārī (She who makes the sound Huṃ) has a club and is black. 8) Kṣemakārī (Forgiving One) is fierce at first (but then becomes gracious). She is naked [i.e., tryakṣā], has three eyes and three nets (pañjara). She rises up holding the earth and is intent (protsantī) on devouring the universe. 9) Pheṭkārī holds a bow. She is Kaulikā and is placed in the middle. [...]”.

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

Tryakṣā (त्र्यक्षा) refers to “she who has three eyes” and is used to describe Goddess Bhagamālinī, according to the King Vatsarāja’s Pūjāstuti called the Kāmasiddhistuti (also Vāmakeśvarīstuti), guiding one through the worship of the Goddess Nityā.—Accordingly, “[...] May the three-eyed (tryakṣā) goddess Bhagamālinī give the glory of good fortune. She possesses abundant miraculous power and is as lovely as the moon. She is stationed in the left corner [of the central triangle] and holds in the row of her arms a snare, a goad, a sugarcane, ropes, a book, and a sword. [...]”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष).—a. triocular.

Tryakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and akṣa (अक्ष).

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Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष).—an epithet of Śiva; शुष्कस्नायु- स्वराह्लादात्त्र्यक्षं जग्राह रावणः (śuṣkasnāyu- svarāhlādāttryakṣaṃ jagrāha rāvaṇaḥ) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 5.57.

Derivable forms: tryakṣaḥ (त्र्यक्षः).

Tryakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and akṣa (अक्ष). See also (synonyms): tryakṣaka.

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

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष).—mfn.

(-kṣaḥ-kṣī-kṣaṃ) Tri-ocular. m.

(-kṣaḥ) A name of Siva. E. tri three, akṣi an eye, ac substituted for the final: see tridṛś .

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

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष).—I. adj. having three eyes. Ii. m. a name of Rudra- Śiva, and of a demon. Daśākṣa, i. e.

Tryakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and akṣa (अक्ष).

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

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष).—([feminine] ī & ā) three-eyed; [masculine] [Epithet] of Śiva; [feminine] ī [Name] of a Rākṣasī.

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

1) Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष):—[=try-akṣa] [from try] mf(ī, or [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi i, 5, 1202] ā)n. three-eyed, [Mahābhārata ii f.; Harivaṃśa; Kathāsaritsāgara cxviii]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Śiva, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa 15415] (triy- [varia lectio] tri-yajña), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Kathāsaritsāgara; Kaśyapa; Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of an Asura, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa vii, 2, 4]

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

Tryakṣa (त्र्यक्ष):—(kṣaḥ) 1. m. A name of Shiva. a. Three-eyed, tri-ocular.

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Tryaksha 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Tryakṣa (ತ್ರ್ಯಕ್ಷ):—[noun] = ತ್ರ್ಯಂಬಕ [tryambaka]2.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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