Bhushunda, aka: Bhuśuṇḍa, Bhuṣuṇḍa; 2 Definition(s)


Bhushunda means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit terms Bhuśuṇḍa and Bhuṣuṇḍa can be transliterated into English as Bhusunda or Bhushunda, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


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Bhuśuṇḍa (भुशुण्ड), the venerable old crow who was enjoying an exceptionally long life, is supposed to instruct Vaśiṣṭha (VI.24) on the subject of prāṇa. He compares the body to a house with the ego (ahaṃkāra) as the householder. It is supposed to be supported by pillars of three kinds, provided with nine doors (seven apertures in the head and two below), tightly fitted with the tendons (snāyu) as fastening materials and cemented with blood, flesh and fat. On the two sides of it there are the two nāḍīs, iḍā and piṅgalā, lying passive and unmanifested. There is also a machine (yantra) of bone and flesh (asthi-māṃsa-maya) in the shape of three double lotuses (padma-yugma-traya) having pipes attached to them running both upwards and downwards and with their petals closing upon one another.

Source: A History of Indian Philosophy (purana)
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Bhuṣuṇḍa (भुषुण्ड) is the name of Aśvaśirā after he became a crow on Mount Nīla according to the Garga-saṃhitā 2.13.15. Accordingly, “...O Aśvaśirā, hear My words. Don't lament. Please don't lament. You will have the form of a crow, but you will have transcendental knowledge. You will have yoga-siddhis and the highest knowledge in the three worlds. Śrī Nārada said: After speaking these words, Lord Viṣṇu departed. O king, then the sage Aśvaśirā became the crow Bhuṣuṇḍa on Mount Nīla”.

Source: Devotees Vaishnavas: Śrī Garga Saṃhitā
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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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