Balabhadra, aka: Bala-bhadra; 6 Definition(s)
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Balabhadra (बलभद्र).—(Balabhadrarāma, Balarāma, Baladeva). The elder brother of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and the eighth incarnation of Mahāviṣṇu.* Birth. When the number of wicked kings increased Bhūmīdevī (goddess of Earth) turned herself into a cow and took refuge in Mahāviṣṇu. Mahāviṣṇu then promised to be born as the sons of Vasudeva named Balabhadrarāma and Śrī Kṛṣṇa and destroy the wicked. Vasudeva was the son of the Yādava, Śūrasena, King of Madhurā. To Devaka the brother of another Yādava King, Ugrasena, was born a daughter Devakī. The marriage of Devakī with Vasudeva was celebrated but on the same day an Aśarīriṇī (a heavenly voice from above) said that the eighth child of Devakī would kill Kaṃsa. Instantly Kaṃsa put both Vasudeva and Devakī in jail. The first six sons born to Devakī were killed the moment they were born by striking them against the ground. Devakī became pregnant for the seventh time. The babe in the womb was Ananta incarnate by Viṣṇu’s directive to be of help to him when he would also be born soon as Kṛṣṇa. Therefore it was necessary to save the child from the cruel hands of Kaṃsa as it was certain he would kill the babe the same way he had killed all the others before. So he ordered Māyādevī to take the child from the womb of Devakī and place it in that of Rohiṇī, another wife of Vasudeva. Māyādevī did so and the boy got the name Saṃgharṣaṇa, also because of this. The news spread that Devakī aborted. Rohiṇī delivered a boy and was named Saṃgharṣaṇa alias Balabhadrarāma. (Daśama Skandha, Bhāgavata). (See full article at Story of Balabhadra from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1a) Balabhadra (बलभद्र).—A boundary hill of Śākadvīpa.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 26.
1b) See Balarāma.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 65. 1; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 36. 24; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 83; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 13. 99.
Balabhadra (बलभद्र).—The Purāṇas conceive Balabhadra as the incarnation of serpent Śeṣa. He is the treasure of resplendence, possesses the divine grandeur, unshakable and the best of the humans. He is the ācārya of yoga, immensely strong, valorous. He is the one who listens to the secret advice of the gods and the foremost among those who considers the same. He defeated Jarāsandha in the battle of gadā, but did not kill him.Source: Eastern Book Linkers: Harivaṃśa Purāṇa
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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baḷabhadra (बळभद्र).—m (balabhadra S The name of the elder brother of kṛṣṇa.) A term applied ironically to an ill-starred fellow or luckless wight.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
baḷabhadra (बळभद्र).—Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Balabhadra (बलभद्र).—a. strong, powerful. (-draḥ) 1 a strong or powerful man.
2) a kind of ox.
3) Name of Balarāma, q. v. below.
4) the tree called लोध्र (lodhra).
5) Name of Ananta.
-drā a maiden.
Balabhadra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bala and bhadra (भद्र).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Verse 2.6.72 < [Chapter 6 - Abhīṣṭa-lābha: The Attainment of All Desires]
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Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
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The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
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