Bhadrasena: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Bhadrasena in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bhadrasena (भद्रसेन).—A king. Uddālaka Maharṣi performed a demoniac yāga to destroy this king. (Śatapathabrāhmaṇa).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Bhadrasena (भद्रसेन).—A son of Ṛṣabha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 4. 10.

1b) A son of Devakī and Vasudeva killed by Kaṃsa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 54; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 175; Matsya-purāṇa 46. 13; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 173; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 26-7.

1c) A playmate of Kṛṣṇa; he carried Vṛṣabha on his back being defeated in a certain game.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 18. 24.

1d) A king of Kāśī and son of Mahiṣmān: Had a hundred sons whom Divodāsa killed and took the kingdom, leaving a baby son, unhurt (see Bhadraśreṇya).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 22-3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 67. 65-66; 69. 6-7.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Bhadrasena in Kavya glossary
Source: Gleanings from Atula’s Musikavamsa

Bhadrasenā (भद्रसेना) is the daughter of Suvarman, an ancient king of Magadhā, according to the historical poem Mūṣikavaṃśa by Atula dealing with the royal lineage of North Kerala in roughly 1000 verses.—[...] Crossing the Killā river, [King Rāmaghaṭa] visits the mountain and seeks the blessing of Paraśurāma. Learning about the subjugation of the Hehayas, his ancestors by Suvarman, the king of Magadhā, he starts his expedition of Deccan. He conquers his ancestral kingdom of Hehaya killing King Suvarman. He made the son of Suvarman, presented by the chief queen the king of Magadhā. He marries Suvarman’s daughter Bhadrasenā and installs his eldest son by her on the throne of Hehaya kingdom and returns to Mūṣika kingdom with his youngest son Nandana. [...]

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Bhadrasena in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Bhadrasena (भद्रसेन) is the name of a general (of the Indra of the Nāgas, Dharaṇa), as mentioned to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.


“[...] The Indra of the Nāgas, Dharaṇa, accompanied by six thousand Sāmānikas, the fourfold body-guard and six chief queens, and by other Nāgas awakened by the general Bhadrasena by ringing the bell Maghasvarā, ascended the jeweled car twenty-five thousand yojanas square, adorned with an Indradhvaja two hundred fifty yojanas high, eager for a sight of the Blessed One, and in a moment stopped on the peak of mount Mandara”.

Source: Tessitori Collection I

Bhadrasena (भद्रसेन) is the author of the Candanamalayāgarīcaupaī (dealing with the lives of Jain teachers), which is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The Candanamalayāgarīcaupaī is made of five chapters. [...] The author, known as Bhadrasena Vācaka, belonged to the kharataragaccha. he composed this work before VS 1709 (according to Jain gurjar Kavio, date of the oldest manuscript consulted by Desai).

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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 dictionary

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

Bhadrasena (भद्रसेन).—name of a general of Māra: Lalitavistara 315.1.

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

Bhadrasena (भद्रसेन).—[masculine] a man’s name.

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

1) Bhadrasena (भद्रसेन):—[=bhadra-sena] [from bhadra > bhand] m. Name of a man with the [patronymic] Ājātaśatrava, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a son of Vasu-deva and Devakī, [Purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Ṛṣabha, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a son of Mahiṣmat, [ib.] (also naka)

5) [v.s. ...] of a king of Kaśmīra, [Catalogue(s)]

6) [v.s. ...] (with Buddhists) Name of the leader of the host of the evil spirit Māra-pāpīyas, [Lalita-vistara]

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Bhadrasena in German

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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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