Yogeshvari, Yogeśvarī, Yoga-ishvari: 7 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Yogeśvarī can be transliterated into English as Yogesvari or Yogeshvari, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)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.
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.
Kavya (poetry)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.
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’.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram
Yogeśvarī (योगेश्वरी) is the name of a deity, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Bhadrakālī said to Śrīkaṇṭha: “[...] O Śaṃkara, you also displayed this, one of your forms. Thus, O lord Śaṃkara, I wish to see you, Śaṃkara. O Lord, you have appeared (before) in this way by the power of supreme knowledge. (You are) he, the Siddha who has been pierced (by the power of the Command) and, made of universal bliss, is accompanied by Yogeśvarī [i.e., yogeśvarī-yuta]. He is Śaṃkara's lord; supreme, he has five faces, three eyes, holds a spear and, adorned with matted hair and crown, (his) divine body is covered with ashes. He is the pervasive lord Ardhanarīśvara”.
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.
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.
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.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Yogeśvarī (योगेश्वरी) is the name of a vidyā subdued by Rāvaṇa, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.1 [origin of the rākṣasavaṃśa and vānaravaṃśa] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.
Accordingly, “[...] Rāvaṇa, knowing the highest good, not considering it worthless, remained motionless like a high mountain, absorbed in preeminent meditation. ‘Well done! Well done!’ was the cry of gods in the sky, and the Yakṣa-servants departed quickly, terrified. One thousand vidyās, the sky being lighted up by them, came to Daśāsya (=Rāvaṇa), saying aloud, ‘We are subject to you.’ [e.g., Yogeśvarī, ...] great vidyās beginning with these were subdued by noble Daśāsya in just a few days because of his former good acts. [...]”.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: 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]Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)
Yogeśvarī (योगेश्वरी) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Jogesarī.
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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Yogeshvarisahasranaman.
Ends with: Siddhayogeshvari.
Full-text (+11): Jogesari, Shaktism, Bhatta, Trilokitilaka, Sarvananda, Ardhanarishvara, Nidarshita, Bhasmoddhulita, Jata, Uddhulita, Parajnana, Mandita, Divyanga, Shuladharin, Muhurmuhuh, Trinetra, Vibhu, Pancavaktra, Divyarupa, Svayambhuta.
Search found 11 books and stories containing Yogeshvari, Yogeśvarī, Yoga-ishvari, Yogesvari, Yoga-īśvarī, Yoga-isvari; (plurals include: Yogeshvaris, Yogeśvarīs, ishvaris, Yogesvaris, īśvarīs, isvaris). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 83 - Greatness of Yogeśvarī (Yoga-īśvarī) < [Section 1 - Prabhāsa-kṣetra-māhātmya]
Chapter 63 - Greatness of Bhairaveśvara (Bhairava-īśvara) < [Section 1 - Prabhāsa-kṣetra-māhātmya]
Chapter 61 - Greatness of Lalitomāviśālākṣī (Lalitomā-viśālākṣī) < [Section 1 - Prabhāsa-kṣetra-māhātmya]
Chaitanya Bhagavata (by Bhumipati Dāsa)
Verse 2.19.239 < [Chapter 19 - The Lord’s Pastimes in Advaita’s House]
Verse 2.18.145 < [Chapter 18 - Mahāprabhu’s Dancing as a Gopī]
Lakulisha-Pashupata (Philosophy and Practice) (by Geetika Kaw Kher)
Rise of Tantric Elements in Lakulisa-Pasupata order < [Chapter 2 - Spread and Transition]
Overall Structure and Methodological considerations < [Introduction]
Puranic encyclopaedia (by Vettam Mani)
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 2 - On the birth of Dānava Mahiṣa < [Book 5]
Complete works of Swami Abhedananda (by Swami Prajnanananda)