Bhagirathi, Bhāgīrathī: 12 definitions


Bhagirathi means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी).—Another name of Gaṅgā. (See under Gaṅgā).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी).—(Gaṅgā): so-called on account of Bhagīratha having brought her; a sacred river;1 Indra worshipped Lalitā on the banks of the;2 to its east lay Haṃsaprapatanam. a sacred spot;3 the seventh stream of the Gaṅgā flowing towards the south in Himāhvavarṣa;4 fit for srāddha.5

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 42; III. 13. 100; 54. 51; 63. 168-9; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 44; 163. 60; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 169; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 18. 57; IV. 4. 35; V. 35. 30.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 12. 44.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 106. 32.
  • 4) Ib. 121. 41; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 40.
  • 5) Ib. 77. 92.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.90.50). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Bhāgīrathī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Bhāgīrathī also refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.9.18, II.9, III.85.10, III.85.17).

Bhāgīrathī also refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.82.142).

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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Bhagirathi. A name for the Ganges (E.g., J.v.93, 255; Ap.ii.436). The river was so called because the sage Bhagiratha filled up the ocean with the Ganges whom he made his daughter (Mahabharata, iii. 107, 9961; v.178, 7096). It may also be the name of a separate river flowing from the Himalaya and forming one of the chief sources of the Ganges. The river flowed past Hamsavati (E.g., Ap.i.51; ii.343). v.l. Bhagirasi, Bhagirathi.

2. Bhagirathi. A channel, branching off from the Anotatta vapi in Ceylon, and forming part of the irrigation scheme of Parakkamabahu I. Cv.lxxix.49.

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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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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी) is the name of a river according to appendix 1 of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XVI). Accordingly, “In the region of the Himālaya, there is a river called Fen lou (Bhāgīrathī); on the bank of this river there is the hermitage of the ṛṣi Kia pi lo (Kapila)”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 1963

Bhagīrathī is one of the twenty canal-systems associated with Parakkamasamudda waters that existed in the Polonnaruva (Polonnaruwa) district of Ceylon (Sri Lanka).—The Pūjāvaliya gives the name Mahāsamudra to the Parakkamasamudda at Polonnaruva. The canal system associated with Parakkamasamudda is described and named in the Cūlavamsa as follows:—[...] Bhagīrathī canal, which started from Anotattavāpi; [...].

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bhāgīrathī : (f.) the ganges.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी).—f (S From bhāgīratha q. v.) The Ganges.

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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी).—[bhagīrathena sānītā tena bhāgīrathī smṛtā]

1) Name of the river Ganges; भागीरथीनिर्झरशीकराणाम् (bhāgīrathīnirjharaśīkarāṇām) Ku.1.15.

2) Name of one of the three main branches of the Ganges; cf. भागीरथी भोगवती जाह्नवी त्रिजटेश्वरी । विष्णुपादाब्जसंभूता गङ्गा त्रिपथगामिनी (bhāgīrathī bhogavatī jāhnavī trijaṭeśvarī | viṣṇupādābjasaṃbhūtā gaṅgā tripathagāminī) || Stotra.

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

Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी).—f. (-thī) The Ganges. E. bhagīratha a pious monarch, at whose intercesion the Ganges first descended from heaven, affs. aṇ and ṅīp .

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

Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी).—i. e. bhagiratha + a + ī, f. The Ganges. [Hitopadeśa] 3, 3, M. M.

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

1) Bhāgīrathī (भागीरथी):—[from bhāgīratha > bhāga] a f. Name of the Ganges (or of one of the 3 main streams or branches of it, viz. the great western branch; cf. nava-dvīpa), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature etc.]

2) [from bhāga] b f. of ratha, in [compound]

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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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