Baladeva, aka: Bala-deva; 12 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

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1) Baladeva (बलदेव) is the father of Śaktideva: a Brāhman  living in the city Vardhamana and addicted to gambling, according to the “story of the golden city”, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 24. Śaktideva fraudulently claimed to have seen the Golden city.

2) Baladeva (बलदेव) is the name of a warrior who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side, but was slain by Śatānīka, who fought on Sūryaprabha’s side, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 48. Accordingly: “... then a fight took place between those Vidyādhara princes on the one side and Prabhāsa and his comrades on the other, in which there was a great slaughter of soldiers. And in the single combats between the two hosts many warriors were slain on both sides, men, Asuras and Vidyādharas... and Baladeva, [and nine others]—these ten were slain by the Prince Śatānīka”.

The story of Baladeva was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Baladeva, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Baladeva (बलदेव) refers to a deity that was once worshipped in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) according to the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—As is clear from his plough and his worship at Kṛṣyārambha, Baladeva is a deity of agriculture. He is stated to have been a devotee of Vāsudeva and is identified with Ananta.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Baladeva (बलदेव).—See Balarāma (also Balabhadra) married Suvratā, daughter of Kakudmi.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 3. 33-6; Vāyu-purāṇa 86. 29.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Baladeva (बलदेव) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.91) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Baladeva) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Baladeva (बलदेव): Balarama, elder brother of Sri Krishna.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana was a niskincana-parama bhagavata, fully-renounced topmost Devotee of Lord Krishna. Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana (Sri Govinda Dasa) appeared in the 1600's near Remuna, Orissa. In his youth, he mastered Sanskrit grammar, poetry, and logic. After carefully studying the commentries of Sankara and Madhva he took initiation in the Tattva-vadi disciplic succession of Sripad Madhvacarya. Baladeva Vidyabhusana became a dig vijaya pandit (conqueror of all opponents) and began visiting the holy places. Wherever he went he defeated the local sages, scholars, and sannyasis.

Source: Gaudiya History: Baladeva Vidyabhusana

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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The second of the sons of Devagabbha, the brothers known as the Andhakavenhuputta.

Baladeva killed Canura and Mutthika. The latter, when dying, vowed vengeance and, having been born as a goblin in the Kalamattika forest, assumed the form of a wrestler when Baladeva passed that way and killed and ate him. J.iv.81, 82, 88; PvA.11, 93.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Baladeva (बलदेव).— Baladevas, Vāsudevas and the Prativāsudevas are three heroes who appear always simultaneously, and that too on the whole nine times in a world-period. Baladeva and Vāsudeva are half-brothers, sons of a king from different wives; the Prativāsudeva is their antagonist.

Baladeva (also called Balabhadra) has a bright, white body-colour, always wears a blue-black robe and toddy palm in his banner. His four insignias are: bow, two different clubs (gadā and musala) and ploughshare; according to Digambaras: chain of precious stones, two clubs and ploughshare. His appearance in the world is announced by this mother by telling that she has seen four of the famous dreams.

Source: Google Books: Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation

Baladeva (बलदेव).—According to both Śvetāmbara and Digambara, each Vāsudeva has a step-brother, white in complexion and known as Baladeva. Nine in number, they are intimately associated with the exploits of Vāsudevas, and are depicted as superior to them in as much as the first eight Baladevas obtrain emancipation and the last of the list is said to have obtained one of the heavens. The Vāsudevas, as already shown, go to one of the different hells after death.

The Samavāyāṅga-sūtra (a Śvetāmbara text) gives the following list of the Baladecas and their mothers, who lived in the present Avasarpiṇī age:

  1. Acala (mother Bhadrā),
  2. Vijaya (mother Subhadrā),
  3. Bhadra (mother Suprabhā),
  4. Suprabha (mother Sudarśanā),
  5. Sudarśana (mother Vijayā),
  6. Ānanda (mother Vaijayantī),
  7. Maṇḍana (mother Jayantī),
  8. Padma (mother Aparājitā),
  9. Rāma (mother Rohiṇī).

The Digambara texts give the following list:

  1. Vijaya,
  2. Acala,
  3. Sudharma,
  4. Suprabha,
  5. Sudarśana,
  6. Nandī,
  7. Nandīmitra,
  8. Rāma,
  9. Padma.

According to both Śvetāmbara and Digambara, they wear garments of dark-blue colour. On their banners is seen the mark of the palm-tree (tāla). They carry the bow, the plough, the pestle and the arrow according to the Śvetāmbara tradition while the Digambaras describe the following symbols: the club, the garland of jewels, the plough, and the pestle. the Tiloyapaṇṇatti however notes the following iconographic marks of a Baladeva: the plough, the pestle, a chariot and a garland ogf jewels (ratnāvali).

Source: Google Books: Jaina Iconography
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Baladeva (बलदेव).—

1) air, wind.

2) Name of the elder brother of Kṛṣṇa; see बलराम (balarāma) below.

Derivable forms: baladevaḥ (बलदेवः).

Baladeva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bala and deva (देव).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Baladeva (बलदेव).—n. of a nāga king: Mvy 3300; Māy 247.4.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Baladeva (बलदेव).—m.

(-vaḥ) Baladeva, the elder brother of Krishna. 2. Air, wind. f.

(-vā) A medicinal plant, commonly Trayamana. E. bala the same and deva divine, or bala strength, and deva who sports.

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