Amavasu, Amāvasu: 4 definitions

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Amavasu 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: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Amāvasu (अमावसु).—Son of Purūravas by Urvaśī. (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 75, Verse 24). Genealogy. From Viṣṇu, Brahmā-Atri-Candra-Budha-Purūravas-Amāvasu. (See full article at Story of Amāvasu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Amāvasu (अमावसु).—One of the Pitṛs. Once Acchodā was fascinated by the physical charm of this Amāvasu and made advances of love to him. Amāvasu repelled her advances. On account of this impropriety of Acchodā, who was a spiritual daughter of the Pitṛs, she was degraded and in her next birth was born as Kālī or Satyavatī. (Padma Purāṇa, Sṛṣṭi Khaṇḍa).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Amāvasu (अमावसु).—A son of Aila. Him Acchodā adopted as her pitṛ and lost her yogic powers; son of Purūravas and Urvaśī. Father of Bhīma.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 56 and 68; 66. 22; Matsya-purāṇa 14. 5, 7. Vāyu-purāṇa 91. 51. 2; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 7. 1 and 2.

1b) The son of Āyu; a Vasu passing through the sky loved by Acchodā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 73. 5.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Amāvasu (अमावसु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.70.22) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Amāvasu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amāvasu (अमावसु).—Name of a prince (a descendent of Purūravas); Mb. Hariv.

Derivable forms: amāvasuḥ (अमावसुः).

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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. 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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