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Vairāja, aka: Vairaja, Vairājā; 2 Definition(s)

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The sun-god is also known as Vairāja, the total material body for all living entities. Because he entered this dull egg of the universe at the time of creation, he is also called Mārtaṇḍa. He is also known as Hiraṇyagarbha because he received his material body from Hiraṇyagarbha [Lord Brahmā].

We have information that Vairāja, Hiraṇyagarbha, entered the great, dull, material globe called the sun. This indicates that the theory held by so-called scientists that no one lives there is wrong. Bhagavad-gītā also says that Kṛṣṇa first instructed Bhagavad-gītā to the sun-god (Bg. 4.1). Therefore the sun is not vacant. It is inhabited by living entities, and the predominating deity is Vairāja, or Vivasvān.

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1) Vairāja (वैराज):—The Sanskrit name for one of the five Vimānas created by Brahmā, the great Creator, in the hoary past for gods. They were for travelling in the air, beautiful to look at, colossal in shape, made of gold and studded with gems. Vairāja was to be used by Brahmā himself. Vimānas represent the ‘aerial chariots’ of the gods, but also refers to seven-storey palaces. It is described in the 11th-century Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra (49.3) by Bhojadeva. Accordingly, “Vairāja may be a square shaped”. It is from the self-same five shapes of Vimānas that later on, Brahmā created the Prāsāda.

The Vairāja type of Vimāna exhibits twenty-four different temples:

  1. Rucaka,
  2. Citrakūṭa,
  3. Siṃhapañjara,
  4. Bhadra,
  5. Śrīkūṭa,
  6. Uṣṇīṣa,
  7. Śālākṣa,
  8. Gajayūthapa,
  9. Nandyāvartta,
  10. Avataṃsāhva,
  11. Svastika,
  12. Kṣitibhūṣaṇa,
  13. Bhūjaya,
  14. Vijaya,
  15. Nandī,
  16. Śrītaru,
  17. Pramadāpriya, 
  18. Vyāmiśra,
  19. Hastijātīya,
  20. Kubera,
  21. Vasudhadhara,
  22. Sarvabhadra,
  23. Vimāna,
  24. Muktakoṇa.

These are the names of 24 out of a total of 64 temples (prāsāda) mentioned in same chapter.

2) Vairāja (वैराज):—The name of a group of temple classifications, comprising 9 square-shaped temple categories, according to the 8th-century Agnipurāṇa. The Vairāja group is one of the five groups mentioned in the purāṇa, and represents the North-Indian classification of temples.

  1. Meru,
  2. Mandara,
  3. Vimāna,
  4. Nandivardhana,
  5. Nandana,
  6. Sarvatobhadra,
  7. Bhadra,
  8. Rucaka,
  9. Śrīvatsa.
Added: 28.Aug.2016 | Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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