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Maheśvara literally means ‘the Great Lord’.
 
Maheśvara literally means ‘the Great Lord’.
  
‘Maheśvara’ is one of the names and aspects of Śiva. Iconographical works describe him as wearing a jaṭāmukuṭa (crown of matted hair), fair in complexion, adorned with the crescent moon on the head and having four arms, holding paraśu (axe) or taṅka (hammer) and mṛga (deer), the other two arms assuming the gestures of abhaya (protection) and varada (bestowal of boons). Or he may be shown as having triśula (trident) ḍamaru (hand-drum), kapāla (skull-cup) and nāga (a serpent). He has, of course, three eyes.
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==Maheśvara, an Apect of Śiva==
 
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‘Maheśvara’ is one of the names and aspects of Śiva. Iconographical works describe him as:
He may also be shown as riding his bull, along with his spouse Pārvatī and the two sons, Gaṇeśa and Kārttikeya.
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* Wearing a jaṭāmukuṭa, crown of matted hair
Maheśvara is also the name of a dharmaśāstra writer who lived around A. D. 1550. He is the author of a commen¬tary on the dāyabhāga system of dividing property.
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* Fair in complexion
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* Adorned with the crescent moon on the head and having four arms
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* Holding paraśu (axe) or taṅka (hammer) and mṛga (deer)
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* Other two arms assuming the gestures of abhaya (protection) and varada (bestowal of boons)
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* may be shown as having triśula (trident) ḍamaru (hand-drum), kapāla (skull-cup) and nāga (a serpent)
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* has three eyes
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* may also be shown as riding his bull along with his spouse Pārvatī and the two sons Gaṇeśa and Kārttikeya
  
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==Maheśvara, an Author==
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Maheśvara is also the name of a Dharmaśāstra writer who lived around CE 1550. He is the author of a commentary on the dāyabhāga system of dividing property.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Latest revision as of 07:44, 17 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mahesvara, MaheZvara, Maheshvara


Maheśvara literally means ‘the Great Lord’.

Maheśvara, an Apect of Śiva

‘Maheśvara’ is one of the names and aspects of Śiva. Iconographical works describe him as:

  • Wearing a jaṭāmukuṭa, crown of matted hair
  • Fair in complexion
  • Adorned with the crescent moon on the head and having four arms
  • Holding paraśu (axe) or taṅka (hammer) and mṛga (deer)
  • Other two arms assuming the gestures of abhaya (protection) and varada (bestowal of boons)
  • may be shown as having triśula (trident) ḍamaru (hand-drum), kapāla (skull-cup) and nāga (a serpent)
  • has three eyes
  • may also be shown as riding his bull along with his spouse Pārvatī and the two sons Gaṇeśa and Kārttikeya

Maheśvara, an Author

Maheśvara is also the name of a Dharmaśāstra writer who lived around CE 1550. He is the author of a commentary on the dāyabhāga system of dividing property.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore