Bahuputra, Bāhuputra, Bahuputrā: 10 definitions

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bahuputra in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bahuputra (बहुपुत्र).—A Prajāpati (creator). He was one of the spiritual sons (Mānasaputras) of Brahmā. (Vāyu Purāṇa 65: 53).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Bahuputra (बहुपुत्र).—A Prajāpati, who married two daughters of Dakṣa and had four sons.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 54; II. 37. 45; Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 53; 66. 77; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 104, 135.

2) Bāhuputra (बाहुपुत्र).—Married two daughters of Dakṣa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 146. 17; Vāyu-purāṇa 63. 42.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Bahuputra (बहुपुत्र) obtained two daughters from Dakṣa, according to the Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Dakṣa is spoken of as busy in creation. Ordered by Brahmā he creates the Sages, gods, demons etc. In order to have maithuni sṛṣṭi Dakṣa gets married to Asikni, the daughter of Prajāpati Viraṇa and begot sixty daughters. [He gave two daughters to Bahuputra].

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Bahuputra in Shaktism glossary
Source: Kamakoti Mandali: The Yoginis of Narasimha Vyuha

Bahuputrā (बहुपुत्रा) is the name of a Mātṛkā-Śakti created by Mahārudra in order to control the plague of demons created by Andhakāsura.—Accordingly, Andhaka-Asura tried to kidnap Umā (Devī Pārvatī), and was fiercely attacked by Mahārudra who shot arrows at him from his mahāpināka. when the arrows pierced the body of Andhakāsura, drops of blood fell to earth and from those drops, thousands of Andhakas arose. To control this plague of demons, Mahārudra created Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Bahuputrā] and ordered them to drink the blood of the demons and drain them dry.

Source: Kamakoti Mandali: Nrisimha matrika-mandala

Bahuputrā (बहुपुत्रा) refers to one of the various Mātṛkā-Śaktis created by Rudra in order to destroy the clones that spawned from Andhaka’s body.—Accordingly, [...] Andhakāsura attempted to abduct Girājanandinī (Pārvatī) and thus ensued a fierce battle between Andhakāsura and the great Rudra, the Lord of Umā. Like raktabīja, every drop of blood that fell from the body of Andhaka created another Asura like him and in no time, the entire world was filled with Andhakas. To destroy the growing number of Andhakas, Rudra created innumerable Mātṛkā-Śaktis [viz., Bahuputrā]. These Śaktis of immense power at once began to drink every drop of blood that flowed from the body of Andhaka, but they could still not effectively contain the emergence of more and more demons.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bahuputra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Bahuputra (बहुपुत्र).—nt. (= Pali Bahuputta, °taka-cetiya, [Page399-a+ 71] near Vesāli), name of a caitya (cetiya) near Vaiśālī: Mahāvastu i.300.9; Mūla-Sarvāstivāda-Vinaya i.173.9; recorded as Bahupattraka, doubtless by error for °putraka, in Divyāvadāna 201.14. Cf. next.

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

1) Bahuputra (बहुपुत्र):—[=bahu-putra] [from bahu > bah] mf(ā)n. one who has many sons or children, [Mānava-gṛhya-sūtra] (-tā f. -tva n., [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary])

2) [v.s. ...] m. Alstonia Scholaris

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a Prajā-pati, [Rāmāyaṇa; Purāṇa]

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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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