Vaishakhamasa, Vaiśākhamāsa, Vaishakha-masa: 1 definition


Vaishakhamasa 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.

The Sanskrit term Vaiśākhamāsa can be transliterated into English as Vaisakhamasa or Vaishakhamasa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Vaiśākhamāsa (वैशाखमास) refers to the months “May/June” during which certain festivals may be observed, as discussed in chapter 14 (Caryāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.—Description of the chapter [pavitra-ādi-utsava-vidhi]: Brahmā wants to know about the festivals that are to be observed during the various months of the year. He is told about the birthday celebrations for Rāma (3-9a) and for Narasiṃha (9b-11a), both of which come in the first month (caitramāsa—April/May); also in the same month are the flower festivals called vasantotsava and damanotsava (11-15) along with yet another flower festival, kalhārotsava (17-18). This last named festival as well as the vasantotsava-festival may alternatively come in the following month [vaiśākhamāsa—May/June].

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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