Bhadrashva, aka: Bhadrāśva, Bhadra-ashva; 9 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Bhadrāśva can be transliterated into English as Bhadrasva or Bhadrashva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व) is the name of a region, the inhabitants thereof should be represented with a white color (śveta or sitā) when painting the limbs (aṅgaracanā), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. The painting is a component of nepathya (costumes and make-up) and is to be done in accordance with the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Purana

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Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व):—One of the three remaining sons of Kuvalayāśva (son of Bṛhadaśva). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.6.23-24)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व) is the name of a region situated on the eastern side of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व).—A king of Pūruvaṃśa. He was the son of Rahovādi. Bhadrāśvā had ten sons: Ṛkṣeyu, Kṛṣeyu, Sannateyu, Ghṛteyu, Citeyu, Sthaṇḍileyu, Dharmeyu, Sammiteyu, Kṛteyu and Matināra. (Chapter 278, Agni Purāṇa).

Once Agastya went and stayed for seven days in the palace of Bhadrāśva and his wife Kāntimatī. Everyday Agastya used to speak in glowing terms about Kāntimatī and asked about the reason for it he replied: "In her previous birth Kāntimatī was a servant girl in a wealthy house. The master of the house once entrusted her with the task of seeing that none of the temple lights went out on the night of Dvādaśī in the month of Tulā (Āśvina—October). She did her duty so willingly and sincerely that she was born as a queen and you a King". Then Agastya gave them instructions about that Vrata which both Bhadrāśva and Kāntimatī observed sincerely, receiving as a result benediction from Viṣṇu. (Vāyu Purāṇa).

2) Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व).—Agnīdhra, son of Priyavrata and grandson of Manu, got nine sons of his wife Pūrvacitti, a celestial maiden. One of the sons was Bhadrāśva. His brothers were Nābhi, Kiṃpuruṣa, Hari, Ilāvṛta, Ramyaka, Hiraṇmaya, Kuru and Ketumāla. The country ruled by Bhadrāśva was called Bhadrāśva lying to the east of the mountain Gandhamādana. (Pañcama Skandha, Bhāgavata).

3) Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व).—An island near the mountain of Meru. Dharmaputra was ruling this land and Sañjaya once described this land to Dhṛtarāṣṭra. (Chapter 14, Śānti Parva and Chapter 7, Bhīṣma Parva).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व).—A son of Āgnīdhra and lord of Mālyavanta: had ten daughters (apsaras) through Ghṛtācī;1 placed in charge of the kingdom east of Meru.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 2. 19; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 47, 51; III. 8. 74; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 41, 44. 70. 68.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 17 and 22.

1b) (Bhadrāśvam)—a continent of Mandara hill east of Meru; bounded on one side by Gandhamādana; traversed by the stream Sītā; the capital of Bhadrāśvas, son of Dharma, engaged in the worship of Hayagrīva with due praises;1 country conquered by Parīkṣit;2 people residing here are white in colour and women excell in beauty living for thousands (10,000, Vāyu-purāṇa) of years; non-injury and truth prevalent here; people here worship Śaṅkara and Gaurī;3 Viṣṇu in the form of Hayaśiras.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 16. 10; 17. 6; 18. 1-6; Matsya-purāṇa 83. 31; 113. 44, 52; Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 57; 35. 23; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 2. 24.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 16. 13.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 15. 50, 57-60; Vāyu-purāṇa 42. 24; 43. 5-9, 11-38.
  • 4) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 2. 50.

1c) A son of Kuvalayāśva who survived the fire from Dhundhu's mouth.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 6. 23-24; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 63.

1d) A son of Śaṭha, of the Rohiṇī family.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 169; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 167; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 22.

1e) A son of Rahmavarca and father of 10 sons through an Apsaras, Ghṛtā (Dhṛtā).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 49. 4.

1f) A son of Pṛthu and father of five sons, who were residents of the Pañcāladeśa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 50. 2-4.

1g) One of the three sons of Dhundhumāra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 61.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व) refers to one of the seven regions (navakhaṇḍa) situated within Jambūdvīpa, according to Parākhyatantra 5.61. It is also known as Bhadrāśvakhaṇḍa. Jambūdvīpa is one of the seven continents situated within the world of the earth (pṛthivī). These continents are located above the seven pātālas and may contain even more sub-continents within them, are round in shape, and are encircled within seven concentric oceans.

According to the Parākhyatantra, “that excellent horse (bhadro ’śvaḥ) Uccaiḥśravas carne forth from the churning of the ocean of milk; because the horse wanders in this land mass, therefore it is known as Bhadrāśva”.

In the middle of these nine regions (eg., Bhadrāśva) is situated the golden mountain named Meru which rises above the surface of the earth by 84,000 yojanas while it penetrates the circle of the earth to a depth of sixteen yojanas.

The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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1) Bhadrāśva: It is a tract of land near Meru Parvata, and it extends from Gandha-mādana Parvata to the saltwater ocean. There is a description of this varṣa in the Mahābhārata (Bhīṣma-parva 7.14-18). The description was narrated by Sañjaya to Dhṛtarāṣṭra.

2) Bhadrāśva: It is an island near Meru Parvata. There is a description of this island in Mahābhārata, Bhīṣma-parva, 7.16-18. The description was narrated by Sañjaya to Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira also conquered this island, and thus the province was included within the jurisdiction of his empire. Mahārāja Parīkṣit was formerly declared to be emperor of all the lands ruled by his grandfather, but still he had to establish his supremacy...

3) One of the sons of Kuvalayāśva (aka. Dhundhumāra, "the killer of Dhundhu").

Source: Vaniquotes: Hinduism

1) Bhadrāśva: a noble/ gentle/ beautiful/ auspicious horse; owner of such a horse

2) Bhadrāśva: a son of Vasudeva and Rohiņī (Bhāg. Pur.); son of Dhudhumāra (Bhāg. Pur.); a king of the Puru dynasty (M. Bh.).

Source: Hindupedia: The Hindu Encyclopedia

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Bhadrāśva (भद्राश्व).—Name of a Dvīpa.

Derivable forms: bhadrāśvaḥ (भद्राश्वः).

Bhadrāśva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhadra and aśva (अश्व).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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