Vishalakshi, aka: Viśālākṣī; 5 Definition(s)
Vishalakshi 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.
The Sanskrit term Viśālākṣī can be transliterated into English as Visalaksi or Vishalakshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)
Viśālākṣī (विशालाक्षी):—Name of one of the goddesses to be worshipped during Āvaraṇapūjā (“Worship of the Circuit of Goddesses”), according to the Durgāpūjātattva (“The truth concerning Durgā’s ritual”). They should be worshipped with either the five upācāras or perfume and flowers.
Her mantra is as follows:
Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
ह्रीं ओं विशालाक्ष्यै नमः
hrīṃ oṃ viśālākṣyai namaḥ
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Viśālākṣī (विशालाक्षी) is the name of a beautiful damsel (kanyā), with black curly hair and red lips, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 92. Viśālākṣī (and other innumerable ladies) arose out of the agitation of Vaiṣṇavī while she was doing penance at Viśālā. For these young women, Vaiṣṇavī created the city Devīpura, containing numerous mansions with golden balconies, crystal stairs and water fountains, with jewelled windows and gardens.
Vaiṣṇavī is the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).
The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
Viśālākṣī (विशालाक्षी).—An attendant of Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 46, Stanza 3).Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Viśālākṣī (विशालाक्षी).—The Goddess at Benares.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 26; 185. 38.
Viśālākṣī (विशालाक्षी) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.3). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Viśālākṣī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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.
Search found 7 books and stories containing Vishalakshi, Viśālākṣī, Visalaksi; (plurals include: Vishalakshis, Viśālākṣīs, Visalaksis). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
List of Mahabharata people and places (by Laxman Burdak)
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 52 - Yoginī Ekādaśī < [Section 6 - Uttara-Khaṇḍa (Concluding Section)]
One hundred and eight (108) names of Sāvitrī < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
Chapter 17 - Arrival of a Brāhmaṇa Ascetic < [Section 5 - Pātāla-Khaṇḍa (Section on the Nether World)]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 30 - Skanda Installed as the Commander-in-Chief < [Section 2 - Kaumārikā-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 2 - A List of Different Sacred Places of Śiva on the Earth < [Section 3b - Arunācala-khaṇḍa (Uttarārdha)]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Preceptors of Advaita (by T. M. P. Mahadevan)