Yogeshvari, Yogeśvarī: 4 definitions

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Introduction:

Yogeshvari 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 term Yogeśvarī can be transliterated into English as Yogesvari or Yogeshvari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Yogeshvari in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Yogeśvarī (योगेश्वरी).—Image of, with hanging tongue, knotted hair on the top of the head and a garland of skulls and bones, etc.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 261. 33-6.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Yogeshvari in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Yogeśvarī (योगेश्वरी) is the name of a friend of the vidyādharī named Bhadrā who came to warn her, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 18. Accordingly, Yogeśvarī came to Bhadrā in secret and told her the Vidyādharas were angry with her and that she should flee to the city named Kārkoṭaka. Their story was told by Udayana (king of Vatsa) in order to demonstratrate to his ministers that a brave man by himself without any support obtains prosperity.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Yogeśvarī, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Yogeśvarī (योगेश्वरी) refers to one of the twenty-four Ḍākinīs positioned at the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, between the north and west (of the heruka-maṇḍala) are six Ḍākinīs who are half green and half red in color. They [viz., Yogeśvarī] are headed by the major four Ḍākinīs of the Cakrasaṃvara tradition. They stand in the Pratyālīḍha posture and, except for the body posture, their physical features and objects that they hold are the same as Vajravārāhīs.

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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»] — Yogeshvari in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Yogeśvarī (योगेश्वरी):—[from yogeśvara > yoga] f. a fairy, [Rājataraṅgiṇī; Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] a mistress or adept in the Yoga, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

3) [v.s. ...] a form of Durgā, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

4) [v.s. ...] a species of plant, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of a goddess, [Catalogue(s)]

6) [v.s. ...] of a Vidyā-dharī, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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