Vishvoshnisha, Viśvoṣṇīṣa, Vishva-ushnisha: 1 definition


Vishvoshnisha means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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 Viśvoṣṇīṣa can be transliterated into English as Visvosnisa or Vishvoshnisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Viśvoṣṇīṣa (विश्वोष्णीष) presides over the North and represents one of the eight Uṣṇīṣa Gods, commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—His Colour is green; his Symbol is the abhaya.—The fourth deity in the series of eight Uṣṇīṣa gods is called Viśvoṣṇīṣa.

Viśvoṣṇīṣa is described in Niṣpannayogāvalī (durgatipariśodhana-maṇḍala) as follows:—

“On the Northern spoke there is Viśvoṣṇīṣa who is green in colour and shows the abhaya-mudrā”.

[The Uṣṇīṣa deities like all other deities of the maṇḍala are two-armed and one-faced. They wear rich dress and ornaments, and a bejewelled crown. They sit on human beings.]

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context information

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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