Vajradeha, Vajradēha, Vajra-deha: 6 definitions



Vajradeha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Vajradeha (वज्रदेह) is the husband of Drumacchāyā: the name of a Ḍākinī (‘sacred girl’) presiding over Mālava: one of the four Upapīthas (‘sacred spot’) present within the Cittacakra (‘circle of mid’), according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. The Cittacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts resided over by twenty-four Ḍākinīs whose husbands (viz., Vajradeha) abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Drumacchāyā has for her husband the hero (vīra) named Vajradeha. She is the presiding deity of Mālava and the associated internal location are the ‘shoulders’ and the bodily ingredients (dhātu) is the ‘heart’.

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Vajradeha (वज्रदेह) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Drumacchāyā forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vajracakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vajracakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Vajradeha] each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum and a knife; they are dark-bluish-black in color.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vajradēha (वज्रदेह).—m (S A frame hard as a thunderbolt or adamant.) A term for a robust and hardy body; iron frame: also attrib. and vajradēhī a Having a frame hard as adamant.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

vajradēha (वज्रदेह).—m A term for a robust and hardy body.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vajradeha (वज्रदेह).—a. having an adamantine or very hardy frame.

Vajradeha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and deha (देह). See also (synonyms): vajradehin.

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

1) Vajradeha (वज्रदेह):—[=vajra-deha] [from vajra > vaj] mfn. having an adamantine frame or a very hardy body, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) Vajradehā (वज्रदेहा):—[=vajra-dehā] [from vajra-deha > vajra > vaj] f. Name of a goddess, [Kālacakra]

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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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