Vagishvara, Vāgīśvara: 9 definitions



Vagishvara 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 term Vāgīśvara can be transliterated into English as Vagisvara or Vagishvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर) is the name of a Liṅga (symbolical manifestation of Śiva) that is associated with the Vīra-tīrtha (a sacred bathing place). It represents the thirty-sixth of the sixty-four siddhaliṅgas mentioned in the Nepalese Tyasaphu (a folding book or leporello). At each of these spots Śiva is manifest as a Liṅga. Each of these liṅgas (e.g., ) has its own specific name, mantra, set of rituals and observances, auspicious time etc.

The auspiscious time for bathing near the Vāgīśvara-liṅga at the Vīra-tīrtha is mentioned as “śrāvaṇī pūrṇimā” (latin: shravani purnima). This basically represents the recommended day for bathing there (snānadina).

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर) refers to one of the various forms of Mañjuśrī having their Sādhana described in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—His Colour is red or yellow; his Āsana is the adhaparyaṅka; his Vāhana is the lion; his Symbol is the Utpala.—Vāgīśvara is the tutelary deity of the Nepalese Buddhists and is widely worshipped in Nepal. The fact that innumerable prayer-wheels in Nepalese temples bear, in monumental Newari characters, the mantra “Oṃ Vāgīśvara Mūḥ” stands witness to his popularity.

The Dhyāna (meditation instructions) of Vāgīśvara is described in the Sādhanamālā as follows:

“The worshipper should think himself as Vāgīśvara whose head is beautified by the images of the five Dhyāni Buddhas. He looks a prince, is decked in all ornaments, and has the complexion of Kuṅkuma. He carries the night lotus in his left hand while the right is displayed artistically. He rides a lion and possesses princely grace Oṃ Vāgīśvara Mūḥ.”.

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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 dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर).—a name of Mañjuśrī: Sādhanamālā 94.7 etc.

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

Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. An orator, a learned man. 2. A Baud'dha deified sage; also Manjughosha. 3. Brahma. f. (-rī) Saraswati. E. vāk speech, īśvara lord.

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

Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर).—[masculine] a master of language.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—title of Ratnākara, the author of Haravijayakāvya. Report. Cxxvi.

2) Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर):—a poet, contemporary of Maṅkha. Śrīkaṇṭhacarita 25, 127.

3) Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर):—a medical author. Mentioned W. p. 306.

4) Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर):—Mānamanohara.

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

1) Vāgīśvara (वागीश्वर):—[=vāg-īśvara] [from vāg > vāc] m. a master of language, an orator, [Gāruḍa-purāṇa; Pañcarātra]

2) [v.s. ...] (with Buddhists) a deified sage (= Mañju-ghoṣa), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Brahmā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a Jina, [Buddhist literature]

5) [v.s. ...] (also with bhaṭṭa) of various authors, [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha; Catalogue(s)]

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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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