Candrasvami, Candrasvāmī: 1 definition


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Alternative spellings of this word include Chandrasvami.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Candrasvami in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Candrasvāmī (चन्द्रस्वामी).—A brahmin, who got back his life by worshipping Sūrya. He stayed with his wife, Devamatī in Kamalapura ruled by King Kamalavarman. A son called Mahīpāla was born to him, and at the time of the birth of the child a celestial voice declared that Mahīpāla would become King. A few years later a daughter called Candramatī also was born to Candrasvāmī. During this period, rains having failed, very severe famine stalked Kamalapura. Even the king unmindful of justice and righteousness began extracting from the people whatever they possessed. Finding the situation deteriorated so much Candrasvāmī set out for his fatherin-law’s house with Mahīpāla and Candramatī, and on the way they had to cross what was once a wild forest, but which had by then been denuded of green trees or other foliage due to the failure of the rains. The children were severely afflicted by thirst, and so the father, after leaving them at the foot of a tree went in search of water when he was caught by the people of the forest king and taken before him. When he knew that he was about to be given in sacrifice to Devī the brahmin folded his hands and prayed to Sūryadeva, who appeared before him and assured him that not only will death not visit him, but also he would be united with his wife and children.

The children left under the tree began crying, their father having not returned to them, and a Vaiśya called Sārthadhāra who came that way felt pity for the crying children and took them to his house. One day Anantasvāmī, a brahmin and a minister of King Tārānātha of Tārāpura happened to visit Sārthadhāra. Anantasvāmī, who had no children of his own took away with him the children from Sārthadhāra. (See full article at Story of Candrasvāmī from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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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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