Urdhvakesha, Ūrdhvakeśa, Ūrdhvakeśā, Urdhva-kesha: 4 definitions


Urdhvakesha 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 terms Ūrdhvakeśa and Ūrdhvakeśā can be transliterated into English as Urdhvakesa or Urdhvakesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Ūrdhvakeśa (ऊर्ध्वकेश).—A son and commander of Bhaṇḍa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 21. 81; 26. 47.

2) Ūrdhvakeśā (ऊर्ध्वकेशा).—A svara śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 56 and 85.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Ūrdhvakeśa (ऊर्ध्वकेश) is the name of a Kṣetrapāla (field-protector) and together with Śaṃkarī Devī they preside over Dharaṇī: one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18). Their weapon is the gadā or gaya and their abode is the tāla-tree. A similar system appears in the tradition of Hindu Tantrims, i.e., in the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22), which belongs to the Śākta sect or Śaivism.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ūrdhvakeśa (ऊर्ध्वकेश).—a.

1) having the hair erect.

2) one whose hair is torn.

Ūrdhvakeśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ūrdhva and keśa (केश). See also (synonyms): ūrdhvakaca.

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

1) Ūrdhvakeśa (ऊर्ध्वकेश):—[=ūrdhva-keśa] [from ūrdhva] mfn. having the hair erect

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a man

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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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