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|Meaning||The one from whom the Universe emanates|
|Region of origin||Hinduism|
|Related names||Ishana, Ishanah, Eashan|
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The name Ishan is also mentioned in shiva mahapurana as one of five names of the god. Īśāna has its roots in the word "ish", which means the invisible power that governs the universe. The wielder of this power, or this power itself, is "Īśāna". It is synonymous with Ishwar, which means "The Lord". In Hindu Scriptures this is a name given to Shiva. As per Hindu scriptures Shiva has five heads, each denoting one of the five tattvas (elements) namely Fire, Earth, Air, Water and Ether (also called as Sky-element or aakash-tattva in sanskrit) that make up the universe. This fifth head of Shiva faces the upward direction, towards the sky.
Īśāna signifies the subtle ethereal form of Shiva that represents transcendental knowledge. This dimension is reinforced by Vaastu Shastra, which says that Ishanya-disha (north-eastern direction) represents Prosperity and Knowledge. So Īśāna also has a symbolic meaning. In Hindu customs, north represents wealth and happiness while the east symbolizes knowledge and peace; Īśāna is a combination of both. It is also considered to be the name of the god of Vastu Śāstra. the Brahman splits into male (Parashiva) and female (Parasakti) and manifests as the universe. The Parashiva has five aspects:
- Sadyojata - west aspect that propagates manifest Brahman-associated with brahma - represents earth.
- Vamadeva - north aspect that sustains manifest Brahman - associated with Vishnu - represents water
- Aghora - south aspect that rejuvenates manifest Brahman - associated with Rudra - represents fire
- Tatpurusha - east aspect that reveals - associates with Rishi, Muni, Jnani, yogi - represents air
- Isana - internal aspect that conceals - associated with all that exist-represents ether
Ishaan is mentioned as Lord Vishnu in the eighth quote of Vishnu Sahasranama "Ishanah pranadah prano jyeshthah sreshthah prajapatih Hiranyagarbho bhugarbho madhavo madhusudanah" Ishanah - in this context means he who controls and regulates everything. In Sanskrit the word Ishan refers to "The Lord Vishnu; The creator of the universe and all other Gods" and the north-east direction.
Ishaan is also written as Eashan in the English language, with the same Hindu meaning.
Ishaan, which can be written as Eshaan, is also a Muslim Arabic name meaning "in God's grace". In Persian, Eshaan is used to refer a respected person, teacher.
Eshan spelled starting with "E" is often used in Arabic and is also a common name in Qatar, Oman and the Middle East. Its meaning is In God's Grace, Worthy. In Persian, Eshan is used to refer to a respected person.
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