Dharmarthakama, Dharmārthakāma: 2 definitions



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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dharmārthakāma (धर्मार्थकाम) refers to the “bestower of virtue, wealth and love”, and is used as an epithet for Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.25. Accordingly as Rāma narrated to Satī:—“[...] then the delighted Lord Śiva, favourably disposed towards his devotees, bestowed great boons on Viṣṇu and the other Devas. Lord Śiva said:—‘[...] At my bidding you are now the creator, sustainer and destroyer of all the worlds. You are the bestower of virtue, wealth and love (dharmārthakāma) and the chastiser of people of evil predilection. [...]’”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dharmārthakāma (धर्मार्थकाम).—Served by Purūravas:1 expounded with mokṣa in the liṅga and kūrma purāṇas;2 of the Asuras in Tripuram.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 24. 15-21.
  • 2) Ib. 53. 37 and 47; 114. 13; 121. 64-81; Vāyu-purāṇa 8. 26, ff.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 131. 16.
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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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