Tryambaka, Tryaṃbaka, Tri-ambaka, Tryambakā: 15 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Agni Purāṇa

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक):—One of the Eleven Rudras (ekādaśa-rudra), according to the Agni-purāṇa. The Agni Purāṇa is a religious text containing details on Viṣṇu’s different incarnations (avatar), but also deals with various cultural subjects such as Cosmology, Grammar and Astrology.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक).—One of the Ekādaśa Rudras (eleven Rudras). See under Ekādaśarudra).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tryaṃbaka (त्र्यंबक) refers to one of the eleven names of Rudras, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.16. Accordingly, “[...] the worship of the guardians of the quarters, the elephants of the quarters, the serpents, the guardians of dams, the three-eyed Rudra (Tryaṃbaka) and Viṣṇu, the remover of sins, bestows perfect knowledge. [...]”.

Note: Tryaṃbaka is one of the eleven names of Rudras (Matsya-purāṇa 5.29-30) which has been variously interpreted. It represents the various triads on which the entire cosmos is based. It is both the deity of the three eyes or the conscious principles of Jagrat, Svapna and Suṣupti or Sūrya, Candra and Agni and also the son of three Mothers, Ambā, Ambikā. and Ambālikā. These three sisters represent the three fires of the cosmic yajña or the three Mothers who create the three great principles of mind, life and matter. Matsya-purāṇa (‘A Study’ by V. S. Agrawal) PP. 66-67.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Tryambaka) 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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

1) Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक):—Eighth of the eleven emanations of Rudra (ekādaśa-rudra), according to the Viśvakarma-śilpa. He carries in his right hands the chakra, ḍamaru, mudgara, bāṇa, śūla, aṅkuśa, sarpa and akṣamālā; and in the left ones, the gadā, khaṭvāṅga, pātra, dhanus, tarjanī, ghaṭa, paraśu and paṭṭiśa.

2) Tryambaka (त्र्यंबक):—Last of the twelve emanations of Rudra, according to the Rūpamaṇḍana.

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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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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

1) Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक, “the one who has three eyes (sun, moon and fire)”):—One of the eleven epithets of Rudra, as adressed to in the second chapter of Śrī-rudram. These names represent his various attributes.

2) Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Trisandhi, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Tryambaka) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक) is the one of the three mind-born sons of Sage Durvāsas charged with mission of establishing the Śaiva faith, according to a commentary on the Tantrāloka.—As, thus, with the disappearance of the Śāstras the world became engrossed in spiritual darkness, Śiva,—as the Deity is called,–took pity on men and, appearing on the Kailāsa mountain in the form of Śrīkaṇṭha, commanded the Sage Durvāsas to spread in the world the knowledge of these Śāstras again. Durvāsas, thus commanded, created, by the power of his mind, three sons,—Tryambaka, Āmardaka and Śrīnātha by names—whom he charged with the mission of establishing spiritual order and of teaching men again the ancient and eternal Śaiva faith and doctrine in their three aspects of Abheda, Bheda and Bhedābheda–of Unity, Diversity and Diversity-in-unity,—Tryambaka was to teach the first, Āmardaka the second, while Śrīnātha was to have the charge of the last. It is this Abheda or Advaya Śaiva teaching, thus retaught to the world by Tryambaka, which is spoken of as the Trika”.

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक).—A grammarian of the nineteenth century, who resided at Wai in Satara District and wrote a commentary on the Paribhasendusekhara which is named त्र्यम्बकी (tryambakī) after the writer.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: Hymn to Kāli Karpūrādi-Stotra

According to Tarkālaṃkāra's Commentary on Mahānirvāṇa-Tantra, Tryaṃbaka means the father of the three Devas, Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Rudra. The Ṛgvidhāna uses it as an equivalent of Mahādeva. The Mahānirvāṇ-Tantra says:

“As she surveys the entire universe, which is the product of time, with Her three eyes—the Moon, Sun, and Fire—therefore She is endowed with three eyes” (Ullāsa xiii, verse 8).

Ther Moon, Sun, and Fire are the Icchā, Kriyā, Jñāna and other Śaktis (see the Ṣatcakranirūpaṇa of Pūrnānanda-Śvāmī) and Serpent Power by A. Avalon.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक).—(also triyambaka in the same sense though rarely used in classical literature) 'having three eyes', Name of Śiva.; त्रियम्बकं संयमिनं ददर्श (triyambakaṃ saṃyaminaṃ dadarśa) Ku.3.44; जडीकृतस्त्र्यम्बकवीक्षणेन (jaḍīkṛtastryambakavīkṣaṇena) R.2. 42;3.49. °सखः (sakhaḥ) an epithet of Kubera; कुबेरस्त्र्यम्बकसखः (kuberastryambakasakhaḥ) Ak.

Derivable forms: tryambakaḥ (त्र्यम्बकः).

Tryambaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and ambaka (अम्बक).

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Tryambakā (त्र्यम्बका).—an epithet of Pārvatī

Tryambakā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and ambakā (अम्बका).

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

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक).—m.

(-kaḥ) A name of Siva. E. tri three, (the three Vedas,) abi to speak or sound, and kan added; or tri may mean the three letters, a, u, ma, combined in the mystical word om .

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

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक).—i. e. tri-ambaka, m. Epithet of Rudra-Śiva, Mahābhārata 2, 403.

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

Tryambaka (त्र्यम्बक).—[masculine] [Epithet] of Rudra-Śiva, [feminine] † [Epithet] of Pārvatī (lit. the three-eyed).

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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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