Ahipati, Ahi-pati: 5 definitions


Ahipati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ahipati (अहिपति) refers to the “lord of serpents” and is used to describe Śeṣa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.11 (“The Victory of Kumāra”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Then Kumuda the son of Śeṣa who was harassed by the Asuras came and sought refuge in Kumāra. Another follower of Tāraka—Pralamba who had fled from the previous battle wrought great havoc with full force. Kumuda, the great son of Śeṣa the lord of serpents (ahipati), sought refuge in Kumāra the son of Pārvatī and eulogised him. [...]”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ahipati (अहिपति).—

1) 'the lord of snakes', Vāsuki; सज्जं धनुर्वहति योऽहिपतिस्थवीयः (sajjaṃ dhanurvahati yo'hipatisthavīyaḥ) Kirātārjunīya 14.71.

2) any large serpent.

Derivable forms: ahipatiḥ (अहिपतिः).

Ahipati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ahi and pati (पति).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ahipati (अहिपति).—m.

(-tiḥ) 1. A name of Shesha, the sovereign of the snakes; also of Vasuki and others. 2. Any large serpent. E. ahi a snake, and pati lord; also similar compounds, as ahināthaḥ, ahīndraḥ, ahīśaḥ, ahīśvaraḥ, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ahipati (अहिपति):—[=ahi-pati] [from ahi] m. ‘sovereign of the snakes’, Name of Śeṣa, Vāsuki, and others, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ahipati (अहिपति):—[ahi-pati] (tiḥ) 2. m. A large serpent.

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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.

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