Vakratunda, Vakratuṇḍa, Vakra-tunda, Vakratumda: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vakratunda in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Vakratuṇḍa (वक्रतुण्ड, “curved trunk”) refers to one of the fifty-six vināyakas located at Kāśī (Vārāṇasī), and forms part of a sacred pilgrimage (yātrā), described in the Kāśīkhaṇḍa (Skanda-purāṇa 4.2.57). He is also known as Vakratuṇḍavināyaka, Vakratuṇḍagaṇeśa and Vakratuṇḍavighneśa. These fifty-six vināyakas are positioned at the eight cardinal points in seven concentric circles (8x7). They center around a deity named Ḍhuṇḍhirāja (or Ḍhuṇḍhi-vināyaka) positioned near the Viśvanātha temple, which lies at the heart of Kāśī, near the Gaṅges. This arrangement symbolises the interconnecting relationship of the macrocosmos, the mesocosmos and the microcosmos.

Vakratuṇḍa is positioned in the South-Eastern corner of the third circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Lohatia, Bade Ganesh, K 58 / 101”. Worshippers of Vakratuṇḍa will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the giver of good accompany”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.19179, Lon. 83.00709 (or, 25°11'30.4"N, 83°00'25.5"E) (Google maps)

Kāśī (Vārāṇasī) is a holy city in India and represents the personified form of the universe deluded by the Māyā of Viṣṇu. It is described as a fascinating city which is beyond the range of vision of Giriśa (Śiva) having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

Vakratuṇḍa, and the other vināyakas, are described in the Skandapurāṇa (the largest of the eighteen mahāpurāṇas). This book narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is composed of over 81,000 metrical verses with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Purana book cover
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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

vakratuṇḍa (वक्रतुंड).—a S vakramukha a S Wrymouthed.

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

vakratuṇḍa (वक्रतुंड) [-mukha, -मुख].—a Wry-mouthed.

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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»] — Vakratunda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vakratuṇḍa (वक्रतुण्ड).—

1) an epithet of Gaṇeśa.

2) a parrot.

Derivable forms: vakratuṇḍaḥ (वक्रतुण्डः).

Vakratuṇḍa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vakra and tuṇḍa (तुण्ड).

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

Vakratuṇḍa (वक्रतुण्ड).—m.

(-ṇḍaḥ) 1. An epithet of Ganesa. 2. A parrot. E. vakra, tuṇḍa a face.

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

1) Vakratuṇḍa (वक्रतुण्ड):—[=vakra-tuṇḍa] [from vakra > vaṅk] mfn. having a curved beak, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a parrot, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Gaṇeśa (as having an elephant’s curved trunk), [Taittirīya-āraṇyaka]

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

Vakratuṇḍa (वक्रतुण्ड):—[vakra-tuṇḍa] (ṇḍaḥ) 1. m. A parrot.

[Sanskrit to German]

Vakratunda 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vakratunda in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vakratuṃḍa (ವಕ್ರತುಂಡ):—

1) [noun] Gaṇēśa, the elephant headed god.

2) [noun] face that is turned aside or twisted.

3) [noun] a parrot, which has a hook-like beak.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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