Brihadashva, aka: Bṛhadaśva; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Bṛhadaśva can be transliterated into English as Brhadasva or Brihadashva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Brihadashva in Purana glossaries]

1) Bṛhadaśva (बृहदश्व):—Son of Śrāvasta (son of Yuvanāśva, who was the son of Candra, who was the son of Viśvagandhi). He had a son named Kuvalayāśva. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.6.21)

2) Bṛhadaśva (बृहदश्व):—Son of Sahadeva (son of Divāka). He will be born in the future and become a great hero and a king. He will have a son called Bhānumān. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.12.11)

(Source): Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Bṛhadaśva (बृहदश्व).—An ancient hermit. He had much respect for Dharmaputra. It is stated in the Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 52, that Bṛhadaśva went to the forest Kāmyaka with Dharmaputra. Bṛhadaśva narrated the story 'Nalopākhyāna' to Dharmaputra in order to divert his mind from the thought of the loss of his kingdom. When he had finished the story he taught Dharmaputra, the two important spells, Akṣahṛdaya and Aśvaśiras.

2) Bṛhadaśva (बृहदश्व).—A king of the Ikṣvāku dynasty. His father was Śrāvasta. The King Kuvalayāśva was the son of Bṛhada va. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 122, Stanza 7).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Bṛhadaśva (बृहदश्व).—The son of Śāva (Śāvasta, Viṣṇu-purāṇa Śrā(Kuvalāśva, Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa, Kuvalāśvadhundhumāra, Vāyu-purāṇa). After consecrating his son, retired to the forest; the sage Uttanga wanted him to kill the Rākṣasa Dhundhu hiding under the sea and disturbing the peace. As he had laid down his arms, he got his son to do it; father of 21000 sons;1 a Rājaṛṣi.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 6. 21; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 28; Matsya-purāṇa 12. 31. Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 27-30; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 2. 38-9.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 33-47.

1b) The son of Sahadeva and father of Bhānumat (Bhānuratha, Viṣṇu-purāṇa);1 called on the dying Bhīṣma.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 12. 11.
  • 2) Ib. I. 9. 6; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 283; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 22. 4.

1c) Ruled for seven years; with him were nine kings who ruled for 137 years; the Śungas followed them,*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 335.

1d) Ṛṣis; not to marry with Angiras, etc.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 34.
(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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