Bhagiratha, aka: Bhagīratha; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Bhagīratha (भगीरथ).—The son of Dilīpa and father of Śruta (Suhotra Viṣṇu-purāṇa); by penance on the banks of the Bindusaras he succeeded in bringing the Ganges; was asked how she was to dispose of the sins of men discharged into her waters; Bhagīratha said that Sādhus and others among whom was Hari would take off the sins from her: was asked to pray to Śiva to check her course; so he prayed to Śiva and it was heard; by this he was able to shake off the sins of his ancestors;1 a Rājaṛṣi; went to the forest of the Gaura hills in search of Gangā;2 his lust after more territory;3 after him Gangā became the Bhāgīrathī; so-called after the seventh branch of the Ganges.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 9. 2-13 and 16; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 25; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 44; 15. 19; 121. 26; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 167; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 35-6.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 24.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 3. 10.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 54. 48-51; 63. 166-8; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 40.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Bhagīratha (भगीरथ) is the great-grandson of Sagara, who, after his education at the āśrama of the sage Cyavana, with the might of his own arm conquers back the lost kingdom of his ancestors and becomes the king of Ayodhyā. He prays to Śiva to bless him with children. According to the blessings of Śiva, the king begot one son named Aṃśumat from his first wife and sixty thousand from the other. From Aṃśumat was born Dilīpa whose son is Bhagīratha, worthy son of a worthy father.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

One of the Hands of Famous Emperors.—Bhagīratha: Ardha-candra hand made like Tripatāka, and this is also used for an eclipse of the moon (lit. seizing by Rahu).

(Source): The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Bhagīratha (भगीरथ) is depicted as a sculpture on the fourth pillar (middle panel) of the southern half of the maṇḍapa of the temple of Lokeśvara.—At the extreme left end of the panel is again Bhagīratha, in penance, standing in between the trees. Below one of the trees is sitting a monkey. Its hand is on some animal like thing. Also, one more head is shown, hiding in the leaves of that same tree which is to the right side of the goddess. It is difficult to say whether it is a tiger or a cat? This picture reminds us that of descent of Gaṅgā cut on a rock at Mahābalipuram. A chameleon is climbing upon a tree which is at the extreme left of the panel.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (śilpa)
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Bhagīratha (भगीरथ):—Son of Dilipa (son of Aṃśumān). He performed very severe austerities to bring the Ganges to this material world. He had a son named Śruta. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.9.2-17)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Bhagīratha (भगीरथ): Son of Dilipa, king of Kosala who worshipped Shiva and brought down Ganges.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

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