Bhaktavatsala, Bhaktavatsalā, Bhakta-vatsala: 8 definitions


Bhaktavatsala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

[«previous next»] — Bhaktavatsala in Vaishnavism glossary
Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Bhaktavatsala (भक्तवत्सल) refers to:—Śrī Kṛṣṇa who is affectionate to His devotees and who relishes blessing them, hearing their prayers, and interacting with them. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Bhaktavatsalā (भक्तवत्सला) (Cf. Bhaktapriya) refers to “she who is favourably disposed to your devotees” and is used to describe the Goddess Śivā (Umā/Durgā), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.6.—Accordingly, as the Gods eulogised Goddess Śivā who was residing in the womb of Menā:—“O Goddess, be victorious, O intelligent one, O mother of the universe, O great Goddess, O you of true rites, prone to truth, true in three things, O truth-formed. O you stationed in truth, we have sought refuge in you. O you delighted with truth, Origin of truth, Truth of Truth, of truthful sight. O beloved of Śiva, great goddess, O destroyer of the miseries of gods, you are the mother of the three worlds, consort of Śiva, pervasive and favourably disposed to your devotees [i.e., bhaktavatsalā]. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhaktavatsala in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhaktavatsala (भक्तवत्सल).—a (S) Gracious or propitious to his worshipers. Ex. tō bha0 tatvatā || pragaṭalā tēthēñci ||.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

bhaktavatsala (भक्तवत्सल).—a Gracious to his worshippers.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhaktavatsala in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhaktavatsala (भक्तवत्सल).—a. kind of worshippers or devotees.

-laḥ Name of Viṣṇu.

Bhaktavatsala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bhakta and vatsala (वत्सल).

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

Bhaktavatsala (भक्तवत्सल):—[=bhakta-vatsala] [from bhakta > bhaj] mfn. kind to worshippers or to faithful attendants, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Bhaktavatsala (भक्तवत्सल):—[bhakta-vatsala] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Kind to worshippers (God).

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhaktavatsala in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Bhaktavatsala (ಭಕ್ತವತ್ಸಲ):—[noun] (said of a god) he who treats his devotees very affectionately.

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Bhaktavatsaḷa (ಭಕ್ತವತ್ಸಳ):—[noun] = ಭಕ್ತವತ್ಸಲ [bhaktavatsala].

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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