Agnipurana
  • Agnidharatirtha

    Agnidhārātīrtha (Agnidharatirtha) is a riverside site of pilgrimage in Gayātīrtha (Gayatirtha). Agnidhārā is a river that has its source on the Udyantaka Hills — agnidhārā girivarādāgatyodyantakāduna. It is a place considered extremely sacred for performing funeral rites of the manes and offering of the obsequial cake to them.  Scholars differ in their opinions regarding the […]

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  • Agnipurana

    Agnipurāṇa (Agnipurana) says about itself — āgneye hi purāṇe’smin sarvā vidyā pradarśitāḥ.  This means that every branch of knowledge that people need to possess is contained in it. There is not a single aspect concerning the world and life that has been left out of the Agnipurāṇa. This Purāṇa has a total of 383 chapters. According […]

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  • Aindri 1

    Aindrī (Aindri) was one of the epitomes of Ṣakti (Sakti) of Indra, the King of the gods. Devī Aindrī (Devi Andri) arrived at the battlefield to help Devī Caṇḍikā (Devi Chandika) when she was fighting with Śumbhāsura (Sumbhasura). Aindrī (Aindri) was one of the eight manifestations of Ṣakti (Sakti) of Devī Bhagavatī (Devi Bhagavati). She […]

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  • Aja – 14

    Bhūta was a sage. Prajāpati Dakṣa (Prajapati Daksha) married off his two daughters to him. One of the daughters was named Sarupā (Sarupa; according to another variation her name was Surabhi). Eleven Rudra were fathered by him to Sarupā. Aja was one of them. Every Rudra was the lord of many other Rudra, i.e., the […]

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  • Akranda

    While discussing the situations in which a king may attack another king’s land,  Matsyapurāṇa (Matsyapurana) says that when the king learns that  the enemy or pārṣnigrāha (parshnigraha; one who occupies the backside) has been attacked by a more powerful Ākranda (Akranda), he may proceed to fight — yadā manyeta nṛipatirākrandena valīyasā pārṣnigrāhabhibhuto’ristada yātrāṁ prayojayet. However, this […]

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  • Alamkara – 3

    In Sanskrit scriptures on aesthetics and rhetoric, there is ample discussion on poetic alaṃkāra (alamkara), but no so much in Purāṇa(s)(Purana; Mythological Scriptures) . However, in Agnipurāṇa (Agnipurana), where there are layers of scriptural knowledge, there is also discussion of arthālaṃkāra (arthalamkara), with proper reason. In future, rhetoricians will say — kāvyaśobhākarān dharmān alaṃkāraṇ pracakṣate. […]

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  • Angareshwara – 2

    According to Agnipurāṇa (Agnipurana), a holy site of pilgrimage situated in Gayā (Gaya).

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  • Angareshwara – 4

    A holy shrine which is a part of the pilgrimage of Gayā (Gaya).

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  • Arishtanemi – 5

    In Agnipurāṇa (Agnipurana), Ariṣṭanemi(Arishtanemi) is a progenitor-father. Sixteen sons were born out of the wombs of his wives — ariṣṭanemi-patnīnām apatyanīha ṣoḍaśa. It may be so that Ariṣṭanemi here refers to Kaśyapa (Kasyapa). According to Devibhāgavata (Devibhagavata), Ariṣṭanemi himself had been the founder of a genealogical line. Dakṣa (Daksha) sired six daughters, who were born […]

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  • Atikrichchha

    Atikṛccha (atikrichchha) is the name of a (purifying) ritual or vow (vrata) which requires to be observed over a stretch of twelve days. In order to observe this vow, the performer must obey certain rules of eating throughout the twelve-day long phase. For the first three days he should not eat anything but three handfuls […]

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  • Ekadasi

    In Padmapurāṇa (Padmapurana), the glory of Ekādaśīvrata (Ekadasivrata) is hailed as far greater than all other vrata(s), and major yajña (yajna) performances.The greatness of visiting pilgrimages, donation, and other vratas – are highly praised – until there comes the issue of greatness of fasting on the Ekādaśī tithi — tāvadgarjanti tīrthāni dānāni niyamāni ca yāvannopoṣayejunturvāsaraṃ […]

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  • Rinamokshatirtha

    Ṛṇamokṣatīrtha (Rinamokshatirtha) is a tīrtha (tirtha; site of pilgrimage) located in Gayā (Gaya). God Viṣṇu (Vishnu) Janārdana (Janardana) abides in this tīrtha.

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  • Upamsu- japa

    The main and general meaning of Upāṁśu (Upamsu) indicates a kind of Mantrajapa (chanting of mantras or hymns). Upāṁśu (Upamsu) is also used as a conjunction to mean serenity- Upāṁśujarpabhede (Upamsujarpabhede) syād (syad) upāṁśu (upamsu) vijane’vyayam| In the Agni Purāṇa (Purana), it was said in the Mantraparibhāṣā (the text about the mantra or chants) that […]

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  • Urna – 2

    In Agnipurāṇa (Agnipurana) it is said that Ūrṇā (Urna) is a goddess among the deities who are worshipped during the corronation ceremony.

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