Amshumat, aka: Aṃśumat; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Aṃśumat can be transliterated into English as Amsumat or Amshumat, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1a) Aṃśumat (अंशुमत्).—Son of Asamañja(sa)(s), devoted to grandfather Sagara.1 Went in search of the consecrated horse of Sagara, met Kapila and belauded his greatness.2 Pleased with him, Kapila sent back the horse, adding that the Sāgaras would obtain release by the waters of the Ganges.3 Succeeded Sagara as king.4 Was engaged in penance to get the Gaṅgā for the liberation of his uncles. Before he could achieve this, he died. His son was Dilīpa.5 Anointing him, Aṃśumat retired to the forest.

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 8. 15; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 51. 51; 52. 1; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 43; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 166; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 7-32.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 8. 19. 27; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 54. 17 and 51.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 8. 28-29; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 56. 29.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 8. 28, 31.
  • 5) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 9. 1-2; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 56. 30; 63. 165; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 34.

1b) One of the Yādavas deputed to go with Kṛṣṇa's sacrificial horse with a view to its protection.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 89. 22[3].

1c) An Āditya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 4.

1d) The son of Pañcajana; married Yaśodā, mindborn daughter of Haviṣmanta Pitṛs: Father of Dilīpa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 15. 18.

1e) A son of Kauśika: in previous births born as Cakravāka in Mānasa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 20. 18.

1f) A horse of the moon's chariot.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 126. 52.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Aṃśumat (अंशुमत्) is the son of Sagara, who, after his education at the āśrama of the sage Cyavana, with the might of his own arm conquers back the lost kingdom of his ancestors and becomes the king of Ayodhyā. He prays to Śiva to bless him with children. According to the blessings of Śiva, the king begot one son named Aṃśumat from his first wife and sixty thousand from the other. From Aṃśumat was born Dilīpa whose son is Bhagīratha, worthy son of a worthy father.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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