Virodhini, Virodhinī, Vi-rodhini: 3 definitions

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Virodhini means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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

Virodhinī (विरोधिनी) (Cf. Virodhin) refers to “she who obstructs (worship)”, according to the 13th-century Matsyendrasaṃhitā: a Kubjikā-Tripurā oriented Tantric Yoga text of the Ṣaḍanvayaśāmbhava tradition from South India.—Accordingly, “[Devī spoke]:—O God, what kind of a woman is a Yoginī? Who is Māyā and who is Pāśavī? Tell me, O Bhairava, the pros and cons of having sex with them. [Bhairava spoke]:—[...] [Pāśavī:] her mental attitude is dishonest, she is wicked, hostile to Kaula Practice. She tends to abuse Śiva, O Goddess, and to obstruct (virodhinī) his worship. This [type], the Pāśavī, has been [now] taught by me. O Suvratā, hear the one that is called Māyā”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

1) Virodhinī (विरोधिनी):—[=vi-rodhinī] [from vi-rodhin > vi-rudh] f. a woman who causes enmity or promotes quarrel (between husband and wife etc.), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a female demon (daughter of Duḥsaha), [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

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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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Virodhini in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Virodhinī (विरोधिनी):—(nf and a) feminine form of [virodhī].

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