Vilokayanti, Vi-lokayanti, Vilokayantī: 1 definition


Vilokayanti means something in 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vilokayanti in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vilokayantī (विलोकयन्ती) (Cf. Vilokayat) refers to “gazing (at Śiva)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.47 (“The ceremonious entry of Śiva”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Śiva was duly worshipped by the joyful and sweet-faced Pārvatī with the rice-grains mixed with curd and Darbha water. Gazing (vilokayantī) at Śiva for whom great penance had been performed by her formerly, Pārvatī shone beaming with pleasure. Requested by me and the sages Garga and others, Śiva, following the worldly conventions worshipped her. [...]”.

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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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