Umasvamin, Umāsvāmin: 1 definition


Umasvamin 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Umasvamin in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Umāsvāmin (उमास्वामिन्) or Umāsvāmī refers to the “Lord of Umā” and is an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.13, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] getting up in the Brāhma-muhūrta within an hour before dawn one shall remember Śiva accompanied by his consort. With palms joined in great devotion and head bent down he shall offer prayers. O lord of Devas, get up, get up. O lord stationed in the heart, get up. O lord of Umā (Umāsvāmin), get up. Confer your auspicious blessings on the entire universe. I know what is virtuous, but I am not inclined to work it up. I know what is unrighteous but I am unable to desist from it. O Mahādeva, I do everything as prompted by you, stationed in my heart. After repeating these words of prayer and remembering the sandals of the preceptor he shall go out to the southern direction for answering the calls of nature”.

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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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