Vajreshvari, Vajreśvarī, Vajra-ishvari: 6 definitions


Vajreshvari means something in 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 Vajreśvarī can be transliterated into English as Vajresvari or Vajreshvari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vajreshvari in Shaktism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Vajreśvarī (वज्रेश्वरी) is an epithet of Kālī but used to invoke the goddess Durgā in her warrior mode during tantric rituals. Like Kālī, she is worshipped in a circuit (āvaraṇa) of ferocious female deities. Sacrifices are made to appease each of the directions where these deities hover. The identity of the goddess transforms at this stage of the rite, so that her willful and untameable properties start to take over.

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vajreśvarī (वज्रेश्वरी) refers to one of the nine Nityās (Yoginīs particularly concerned with Kāma), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “Kulanityā is the first and  Vajreśvarī is the second. The third is the Nityā Tvaritā and the fourth is Kurukullā. The goddess Lalitā is the fifth and the sixth is called Bheruṇḍā. The seventh is Nīlapatākā and the eighth is Kāmamaṅgalā. The goddess Vyomavyāpinī, who bestows accomplishment, is the ninth. O Lord of the gods, once known Tripurā, on (her) red lotus seat by means of the liturgy of the Nine Nityās recollect (her) liturgy (krama)”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vajreshvari in Shaivism glossary
Source: eScholarship: Gāruḍa Medicine

Vajreśvarī (वज्रेश्वरी) is the name of a Goddess according to the vajreśvarīkalpa in the first division of the Jayadrathayāmala. Vajreśvarī possessed the aspirant after he conjures a great snake from beneath the ground and eats it.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vajreshvari in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vajrēśvarī (वज्रेश्वरी).—f A certain goddess. Called also vajrabāī & vajrayōginī.

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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

[«previous next»] — Vajreshvari in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vajreśvarī (वज्रेश्वरी):—[from vajra > vaj] f. Name of a Buddhist goddess, [Horace H. Wilson]

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Vajreshvari in German

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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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