Anantarupa, Anantarūpa, Ananta-rupa, Anamtarupa: 9 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Anantarupa in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप) or simply Ananta refers to “one who assumes the form of infinity” and represents and epithet of Goddess Durgā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O sage, seeing her [Durgā] who was Śiva’s Energy herself, directly in front of me, my lofty shoulders bent down with devotion and I eulogised her after due obeisance. [...] Thou art the Vidyā of diverse sorts. Thou art endowed with illumination, purity and detachment. Thou assumest Kūṭastha (perpetually immovable), Avyakta (unmanifest) and Ananta (infinite) [viz., Anantarūpa] form and Thou art the eternal time holding all the worlds”.

2) Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप) refers to one who is of “endless forms”, and is used as an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.19. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] thus commanded by Śiva in the presence of all, Viṣṇu spoke thus propitiating the great lord:—‘[...] O Śiva, you are the supreme brilliance, the firmament, having your own abode. You are the primordial Being, the immovable, the unmanifest, of endless forms (anantarūpa), the eternal and devoid of attributes—length etc. From this form alone everything has emanated’”.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप) refers to “unlimited forms”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anantarupa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप).—a. of innumerable forms or shapes; epithet of Visnu.

Anantarūpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ananta and rūpa (रूप).

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

Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप).—mfn.

(-paḥ-pā-paṃ) Multiform. E. ananta, and rūpa form.

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

Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप).—[adjective] having innumerable forms.

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

Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप):—[=an-anta-rūpa] [from an-anta] mfn. having innumerable forms or shapes.

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

Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप):—[bahuvrihi compound] m. f. n.

(-paḥ-pā-pam) Having innumerable forms or shapes, multiform. E. ananta and rūpa.

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

Anantarūpa (अनन्तरूप):—[ananta-rūpa] (paḥ-pā-paṃ) a. Multiform.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Anantarupa in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Anaṃtarūpa (ಅನಂತರೂಪ):—

1) [noun] unlimited forms.

2) [noun] one who can manifest in innumerable number of forms.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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