Vadavamukha, Vaḍavāmukhā, Vaḍavāmukha, Vadava-mukha: 6 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Vaḍavāmukha (वडवामुख) or Baḍavāmukha refers to the “blazing submarine fire”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.22. Accordingly as Sitā said to Śiva:—“[...] the most unbearable season of the advent of clouds (ghanāgama or jaladāgama) has arrived with clusters of clouds of diverse hues, and their music reverberating in the sky and the various quarters. [...] During the close of the nights the circle of lightning appears like the blazing submarine fire [viz., vaḍavāmukha] in the ocean”.
Note: Vaḍavāmukha (Baḍavāmukha) variously called Baḍavānala, Aurva etc. is a submarine fire, represented as a flame with a horse’s head. According to Paurāṇic Mythology it devours all things including the Gods, Asuras, and Rākṣasas at the dissolution of the Universe.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 80; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 77; 167. 58.
- 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 33; 47. 76.
- 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 36; Matsya-purāṇa 175. 58.
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.
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Vaḍavāmukha (वडवामुख) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 3, grahaṇī: chronic diarrhoea). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, as an ayurveda treatment, it should be taken twith caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.
Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., vaḍavā-mukha-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)
Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
Vaḍavāmukhā (वडवामुखा) refers to the Ḍākinī of the southern gate situated in the Kāyacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the kāyacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the nirmāṇa-puṭa (‘emanation layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The four gate Ḍākinīs [viz., Vaḍavāmukhā] each has the same physical feature as the four Ḍākinīs starting with Lāmā.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) the submarine fire; मोक्षदुर्लाभ- विषयं वडवामुखसागरम् (mokṣadurlābha- viṣayaṃ vaḍavāmukhasāgaram) Mb.12.31.71.
2) Name of Śiva.
Derivable forms: vaḍavāmukhaḥ (वडवामुखः).
Vaḍavāmukha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vaḍavā and mukha (मुख).
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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Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 42 - Treatment for chronic diarrhea (14): Vadavamukha rasa < [Chapter III - Jvaratisara fever with diarrhoea]
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