Yashovati, Yaśovati, Yaśovatī: 8 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Yashovati means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 terms Yaśovati and Yaśovatī can be transliterated into English as Yasovati or Yashovati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Yashovati in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Yaśovatī (यशोवती).—The name of Īśāna’s city. Devī Bhāgavata, 8th Skandha mentions that god Īśāna, the ruler of the north-eastern part, lives in the city called Yaśovatī.

2) Yaśovatī (यशोवती).—A princess. (See under Ekavīra).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Yaśovati (यशोवति).—The sabhā of Iśāna in the eighth slope of Meru; bright with lustrous gold.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 91.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Yashovati in Shaivism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Yaśovatī (यशोवती) refers to the city of Hara, situated on the north-eastern lower slope of mount Meru, according to Parākhyatantra 5.66. Meru is the name of a golden mountained situated in the middle of nine landmasses (navakhaṇḍa): Bhārata, Hari, Kimpuruṣa, Ramyaka, Ramaṇa, Kuru, Bhadrāśva, Ketumāla and Ilāvṛta. Together these khaṇḍas make up the continent known as Jambūdvīpa.

Yaśovatī is also known by the name Yaśaskā or Sukhāvahā, and is mentioned in various other sources, eg., the Svacchanda-tantra 10.132-136, Kiraṇa-āgama 8.51-54, Mṛgendra-āgama vidyāpāda 13.47-54, Sarvajñānottara-tantra adhvaprakaraṇa 34-36 and Mataṅga-āgama vidyāpāda 23.60-63

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Yaśovatī (यशोवती) is the name of Vidyārājñī (i.e., “wisdom queen”) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Yaśovatī).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yashovati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Yaśovatī (यशोवती) or Yaśodharā.—1, Śākyamuni's wife: Lalitavistara 95.9 (prose, no v.l.). Cf. also Yaśavatī (m.c.?).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Yaśovatī (यशोवती):—[=yaśo-vatī] [from yaśo-vat > yaśo > yaśas] f. Name of various women, [Rājataraṅgiṇī; Vāsavadattā, [Introduction]]

2) [v.s. ...] (mc. also atī) of a district (originally a stream), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

3) [v.s. ...] of a mythical town on mount Meru, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa [Scholiast or Commentator]]

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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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