Dharmapalaka, Dharmapālaka, Dharma-palaka: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dharmapālaka (धर्मपालक) refers to the “protector of virtue”, and is used to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] O righteous one, how is it that the sacrifice has been broken by you? O great God, you are a benefactor of Brahmins. O lord, how can you be a destroyer of sacrificers? You are the protector of virtue, Brahmins and cows (i.e., gopālakabrāhmaṇānāṃ gavāṃ caiva dharmasya pratipālakaḥ). O lord, you are the shelter for all living beings and worthy of being bowed to”.

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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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