Varahamukhi, Vārāhamukhī: 3 definitions

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Varahamukhi means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Varahamukhi in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vārāhamukhī (वाराहमुखी).—A Śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 20. 37.
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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)

Source: archive.org: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Varāhamukhī (वराहमुखी) refers to one of the fur attendant goddesses of Aṣṭabhujamārīcī (or Mārīcīpicuvā) or the eight-armed variety of Mārīcī, who represents one of the various emanations of Vairocana, as mentioned in the 5th-century Sādhanamālā (a collection of sādhana texts that contain detailed instructions for rituals).—[...] Accordingly, Aṣṭabhuja-Mārīcī is surrounded by the four attendant goddesses, Varttālī, Vadālī, Varālī and Varāhamukhī. [...] Varāhamukhī wears the same garments and the same ornaments as Vadālī and Varālī, but her complexion is ruddy, and she carries the vajra and the arrow in the two right hands and the Aśoka and the bow in the left.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Varahamukhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Varāhamukhī (वराहमुखी).—name of a yoginī: Sādhanamālā 277.4 etc.

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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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