Yageshvara, Yāgeśvara, Yaga-ishvara: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Yāgeśvara can be transliterated into English as Yagesvara or Yageshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Yageshvara in Kavya glossary
Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Yāgeśvara (यागेश्वर) refers to a “certain crystal phallus of Śiva”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 12.38.—The word is spelt also Jāgeśvara in the manuscripts as well as in Nārāyaṇa’s commentary. The word occurs in the form Yāgeśvara in Pūrṇabhadra’s Pañcatantra (ed. Hertel) where it is wrongly explained by the editor as meaning “gold”. See Dr. Venkatasubbia’s Note in the Indian Hist. Quarterly, June, 1929. [...] The word is found in the form Jāgeśvara in Skandapurāṇa where it refers to “a Śivaliṅga made of stone” (Māheśvarakhaṇḍa 11.6 of Kumārikākhaṇḍa).

Yāgeśvara is described in Naiṣadhacarita as a water deity lying invisible in the waters. It may be noted in this connection that Yāgeśvara is not the only form of Śiva to be associated with the waters. In Maṅkhaka’s Śrīkaṇṭhacarita (3.14) there is a reference to the wooden Kapaṭeśvara Śiva, who is described as “sleeping” in the midst of waters. See also Rājānaka Jayaratha’s Haracaritacintāmaṇi (chapter 14). Jñānārṇava-tantra (20.18) also refers to a Śivaliṅga abiding in the waters. Liṅgapurāṇa (18.6 of Pūrvārdha) refers to a “watery phallus”; and in another verse describes Śiva as being in the midst of waters. A similar reference is found in Brahmapurāṇa (37.6).

Liṅgapurāṇa further describes the installation of a Śivaliṅga in the midst of waters with Viṣṇu in the form of a boar under the phallus, and the figure of Brahmā with folded hands on one side. It is probable that the Yāgeśvara-liṅga was likewise installed amidst waters, and being made of crystal, was invisible as described in Śrīharṣa’s verse. There are, however, other references to the Liṅga which do not mention these characteristics.

It may also be noted that while the name Yāgeśvara is extremely rare, references to crystal Śivaliṅgas frequently occur in the Purāṇas, and are found even in Kāvya literature. [...] The word Yāgeśvara means literally “the lord of sacrifices”, and it is noteworthy that Yajñeśvara which means the same thing is an epithet of Śiva. It is true that this epithet is applied also to Viṣṇu, but there are Śaiva texts which emphasise Śiva’s suzerainty over sacrifices. Cf. Śrīkaṇṭhabhāṣya (3.2.38).

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yageshvara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yāgeśvara (यागेश्वर).—a certain crystal phallus of Śiva; यस्यासौ जलदेवतास्फटिकभूर्जागर्ति यागेश्वरः (yasyāsau jaladevatāsphaṭikabhūrjāgarti yāgeśvaraḥ) N.12.38.

Derivable forms: yāgeśvaraḥ (यागेश्वरः).

Yāgeśvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yāga and īśvara (ईश्वर).

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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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