Vajramushti, aka: Vajramuṣṭi, Vajra-mushti; 7 Definition(s)


Vajramushti 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.

The Sanskrit term Vajramuṣṭi can be transliterated into English as Vajramusti or Vajramushti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि) is the name of a Kṣatriya from the country Avanti, who later became friends with Śrīdatta, a Brāhman whose story is told in the “story of Śrīdatta and Mṛgāṅkavatī”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 10. Śrīdatta was the son of Kālanemi, who was the son of Yajñasoma, a Brāhman from the country of Mālava

2) Vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि) is the name of a king allied to Devamāya who marched in war against Naravāhanadatta, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 109. Accordingly, “... and Devamāya too, when he heard it, marched out towards him to give battle, accompanied by numerous kings, Varāha, Vajramuṣṭi, and others, and followed by his army. Then there took place on Kailāsa a battle between those two armies, and while it was going on the sky was obscured by the chariots of the gods, who came to look on.”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vajramuṣṭi, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि).—A giant. Vajramuṣṭi was the son born to Mālyavān of his wife Sundarī. Vajramuṣṭi had six brothers named Virūpākṣa, Durmukha, Suptaghna, Yajñakośa, Matta and Unmatta and a sister named Nalā. (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia
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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)

Vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि) is one of the sixteen samādhi deities appearing in the Vajradhātu-mahāmaṇḍala, according to the Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī v5.32-35. The Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī (literally, ‘an explanation of the nāma-mantras’) is a commentary (ṭīkā) on the 8th century Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti.

Vajramuṣṭi is a name of Mañjuśrī (the embodiement of non-dual knowledge) and, together with other names, forms the core essence of the Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti. The Nāmamantrārthāvalokinī provides the practitioner a sādhana (‘meditative practice’) to turn these names into mantras. These mantras are chanted for the benefit of all beings, and then placed and contemplated in the Vajradhātu-mahāmaṇḍala, which is an extended version of the Vajradhātu-maṇḍala.

Source: Wisdom Library: Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti
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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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vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि).—m S A weapon of the athletæ. 2 f m An iron or a hard fist. Used in both senses attributively. 3 f also vajramūṭha f Wild and bitter suraṇa q. v.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि).—m A weapon of the athlete. f m An iron or a hard fist.

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

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Vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि).—

1) an epithet of Indra.

2) an adamantine clenched fist.

3) a kind of weapon.

Derivable forms: vajramuṣṭiḥ (वज्रमुष्टिः).

Vajramuṣṭi is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and muṣṭi (मुष्टि).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vajramuṣṭi (वज्रमुष्टि).—n. of a kiṃnara maid: Kv 6.4.

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