Vighnaraja, Vighnarāja, Vighna-raja: 12 definitions


Vighnaraja 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज, “lord of hindrances”) 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 Vighnarājavināyaka, Vighnarājagaṇeśa and Vighnarājavighneśa. 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.

Vighnarāja is positioned in the Northern corner of the third circle of the kāśī-maṇḍala. According to Rana Singh (source), his shrine is located at “Chitrakuta Talab, J 12 / 32”. Worshippers of Vighnarāja will benefit from his quality, which is defined as “the remover of all the hindrances”. His coordinates are: Lat. 25.19650, Lon. 83.00089 (or, 25°11'47.4"N, 83°00'03.2"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.

Vighnarāja, 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.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज).—A name of Vighneśa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 65.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vighnaraja in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज) (in Kālañjara) refers to one of the “eight Bhairavas” (originating from the blood of Andhaka when Śiva strikes him correspond with a set of eight Bhairavas), according to the Vāmanapurāṇa 44.23-38ff.—(Cf. Vārāṇasīmāhātmya 1.53-54)

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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»] — Vighnaraja in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vighnarāja (विघ्नराज).—m (S) Names of Gan̤esha, this deity being viewed as the remover of or ruler over all difficulties and impediments. He is invoked accordingly at the commencement of undertakings.

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

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज).—m. epithets of Gaṇeśa.

Derivable forms: vighnarājaḥ (विघ्नराजः).

Vighnarāja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vighna and rāja (राज). See also (synonyms): vighnavināyaka, vighnahārin.

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

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज).—m.

(-jaḥ) Ganesa. E. vighna an obstacle, rāja ruler: see the last.

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

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज).—m. Gaṇeśa.

Vighnarāja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vighna and rāja (राज).

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

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज).—[masculine] = vighnapati.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Praśnarahasya jy. Bhuvanadīpakaṭīkā.

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

1) Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज):—[=vi-ghna-rāja] [from vi-ghna > vi-ghana] m. idem, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Pañcarātra]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of an author, [Catalogue(s)]

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

Vighnarāja (विघ्नराज):—[vighna-rāja] (jaḥ) 1. m. Ganesha.

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Vighnaraja 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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