Gautama, aka: Gauṭama; 16 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Gautama (गौतम):—Husband of Ahalyā (Female counterpart of the twin children of Mudgala). They had a son named Śatānanda. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.34)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1a) Gautama (गौतम).—Came to see Bhiṣma in his death-bed and called on Parīkṣit engaged in Prāyopaveśa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 9. 7; 10. 9; 19. 10.

1b) A siddha; his wife was Ahalyā and son Śatānanda (Gotama, Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa); cursed Indra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 34; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 27. 23.

1c) A sage of the Vaivasvata epoch; present at Ambarīṣa's aśvamedha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 5; IX. 4. 22; Matsya-purāṇa 9. 27.

1d) A name of Kṛpa—invited for Yudhiṣṭhira's rājasūya. Came to Syamantapañcaka to see Kṛṣṇa on the occasion of a solar eclipse.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 49. 2; 74. 7; 84. 3.

1e) The sage who presides over the month tapas.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 39; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 12. Viṣṇu-purāṇa 52. 12; 61. 44.

1f) A son of Utathya; also known as Śaradvat; a pupil of Kṛta.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 52; 38. 28.

1g) The 20th Vedavyāsa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 121; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 9. 21; III. 1. 32; 3. 16.

1h) Officiated at Paraśurāma's sacrifice;1 āśrama near the town Jayanta;2 after him was named a forest region.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 36. 5; 47. 48.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 64. 2; Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 2.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 163.

1i) Originally Dīrghatamas, became Gautama rid of the curse of Bṛhaspati by Surabhi's favour. Heard the vāyu purāṇa from Bharadvāja and narrated it to Nīryantra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 94. IV. 4. 63. Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 92; 103. 63; 106. 38.

1j) The avatār of the Lord in the 14th dvāpara of the family of Angiras in the Gautamavana with four sons at the end of the yuga.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 163.

1k) A son of Uśija and brother of Dīrghatamas, (s.v.) Praised Tripurāri.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 48. 53; 126. 13; 133. 67.

1l) A mind-born son of Brahmā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 27; 192. 10.

1m) A son of Surūpā and a gotrakara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 4-5.

1n) (Śaradvat) a son of Angiras by Svarāṭ.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 64. 26; 65. 97 and 100.

1o) In the sun's chariot in the month of Āśvayuja.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 11.

1p) Officiated as hota in Nimi's sacrifice.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 5. 6.

1q) A collective name of the sons of Kākṣīvat.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 48. 88.

1r) A clan of Angirasas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 97.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Gautama (गौतम) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Gautama) various roles suitable to them.

2) Gautama (गौतम) is the name of a sage who was in the company of Bharata when he recited the Nāṭyaveda them, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, they asked the following questions, “O the best Brahmin (lit. the bull of the twice-born), tell us about the character of the god who appears in the Preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). Why is the sound [of musical instruments] applied there? What purpose does it serve when applied? What god is pleased with this, and what does he do on being pleased? Why does the Director being himself clean, perform ablution again on the stage? How, O sir, the drama has come (lit. dropped) down to the earth from heaven? Why have your descendants come to be known as Śūdras?”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Gautama (गौतम) is the name of a hermit who cursed his wife Ahalyā after he found out her secret affair with Indra, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 17. Accordingly, the curse uttered by Gautama ran as follows:—“Harlot, take for a long time the nature of a stone, until thou behold Rāma wandering in the forest.”

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Gautama, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Gautama (गौतम).—An ancient sage referred to in the Pratisakhya works as a Pratisakhyakara; cf. T.Pr. V.38.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Gautama (गौतम) or Gautamāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Aṃśumāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Gautama Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Aṃśumān-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Gautama (गौतम) or Gautamasaṃhitā is the name of a Vaiṣṇava Āgama scripture, classified as a tāmasa type of the Muniprokta group of Pāñcarātra Āgamas. The vaiṣṇavāgamas represent one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom).—Texts of the Pāñcara Āgamas are divided in to two sects. It is believed that Lord Vāsudeva revealed the first group of texts which are called Divya and the next group is called Muniprokta which are further divided in to three viz. a. Sāttvika. b. Rājasa. c. Tāmasa (eg., Gautama-saṃhitā).

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (pancaratra)
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

1) Gautama Maharishi is one of the Saptarishis (Seven Great Sages Rishi of the current Manvantara (seventh). He was the author of Dharma-sutra known as Gautama Dharma sutra. It is in fact the earliest Dharma Sutra. It contains 28 chapters with 1000 aphorisms. Almost every aspect of the observances of Hindu dharma - including the rules for the four Ashramas, the forty sanskāras, the four varnas, kingly duties, the punishments for various offences, the obsequies for the dead, do's and don'ts of food consumption, the dharmas of women, the rules for Praayaschitta (atonement for sins), and the rules of succession of property. In this sense Gautama's Dharma Shastra may perhaps be considered the oldest law book of the world.

Gautama was one of the Maharishis of Vedic times, known to have been the discoverer of Mantras -- 'Mantra-drashtaa', in Sanskrit. He was the son of Rahugana, belonging to the line of Angiras. He had two sons by name Vamadeva and Nodhas, both themselves discoverers of Mantras. His wife is Ahalya, herself the 'mind born daughter' (Sanskrit: manasa putri) of Creator Brahma.

Akṣapāda Gotama, the 2nd century CE founder of the school of philosophy that goes by the name of 'Nyaya' (Logic), is not to be confused with Gautama Maharishi.

2) Akṣapāda Gautama (also Gotama; c. 2nd century CE); author of the Nyāya Sūtras. In the Nyāya Sutras Gautama developed and extended the Vaiśeṣika epistemological and metaphysical system through 528 aphorisms. Gautama Ṛṣi, in his Nyāya Sūtras, proposes that one can attain liberation by negating both illusion and unhappiness.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

Gotama in Pali, Gautama in Sanskrit. The surname of the Shakya clan into which Shakyamuni was born. Another name for Shakyamuni.Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary

Gautama Buddha was the son of Mayadevi and King Shuddhodana of Kapilavastu. He was born on Vaishakha Sukla Purnima i.e. 21 st Mar 1945 BC. He belonged to the Shakya branch of Ikshvaku dynasty. Therefore, Buddha was also called “Shakyamuni”. He was also referred to as “Gautama” because his guru’s gotra was Gautama.

The Gilgit manuscript of Vinayavastu (Pravrajyavastu) tells us that when Buddha was born (around 1945 BC) King Rajadhiraja was ruling in Anga Kingdom, King Mahapadma in Rajagriha of Magada Kingdom, King Brahmadatta in Shravasti of Kosala, King Anantanemi in Ujjayini and King Shatanika in Kaushambi.

Source: The Chronological History of Buddhism

Siddhārtha Gautama Skt. (Pali, Siddhatta Gotama); founder of Buddhism, the historical Buddha. Sid­dhārtha was born in 566 or 563 BCE into a no­ble family of the Shākya clan in Kapilavastu, a city in present-day Nepal. At thirty-five he realized complete enlightenment, awakening (bodhi). After re­maining silent at the beginning—because he was aware of the impossibility of communicat­ing directly what he had experienced in enlight­enment—he began at the request of others to ex­pound insights drawn from his experience of enlightenment. He spent the rest of his life mov­ing from place to place teaching, and a great number of disciples gathered around him. Siddhārtha Gautama, who came to be known by the name Shākyamuni (Sage of the Shākya Clan), died at the age of eighty after eating some spoiled food.

Source: Shambala Publications: General

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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gotama : (adj.) belonging to the Gotama clan.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gautama (गौतम).—Name of (1) the sage Bhāradvāja; (2) of Śatānanda, Gotama's son; (3) of Kṛpa, Droṇa's brother-in-law; (4) of Buddha; (5) of the propounder of the Nyāya system of philosophy.

Derivable forms: gautamaḥ (गौतमः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gautama (गौतम).—(also written Gotama, q.v.), (1) (= Pali Gotama), gotra-name of Śākyamuni, often applied to him especially by those who are not his followers: Mvy 78; Mv i.251.19; 294.21; ii.118.8 ff.; 119.16 ff.; 126.10; 200.1; 241.2; 277.2 ff.; 287.9; 330.11, etc. etc.; LV 238.21; 239.8 f.; 255.4 ff.; 256.8 f.; 306.5; 358.5; 369.2; 378.21; 380.13; 405.7 ff.; 406.4, 8; (2) gotra-name of another (former) Buddha: Mv i.113.11; (3) (= Pali Gotamaka) n. of a non-Buddhist sect: Mv iii.412.7; Śikṣ 331.11; LV 380.12 (here named with Nirgranthas, Ājīvikas, et al.); (4) n. of a ṛṣi and ascetic: Mv ii.210.2 (lived at Sāhaṃ- janī, q.v.); probably same as the ṛṣi killed by the wicked King Arjuna, Mv iii.361.7, 10, who occurs as Gotama in Pali also; he was an Āṅgirasa, iii.369.8, as in Pali, see DPPN s.v. 7 Aṅgirasa; (5) n. of a brahmanical teacher: Araṇemī (n. sg.) Gautamo Divy 651.7, or °ṇemiś ca Gau° 653.12 (in 632.12 corruptly Araṇemī-gautamau as if a dual dvandva); (6) n. of a nāga-king (also Gautamaka, q.v.): Divy 50.22; Māy 247.20; (compare s.v. kṛṣṇa, 4;) (7) Gautama-nyagrodha (= Pali Gotama-nigrodha, DN ii.116.31), n. of a locality at Vaiśālī, doubtless the caitya called Gautamaka, q.v.: Divy 201.5, 14.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Gautama (गौतम).—m.

(-maḥ) 1. The name of a saint or sage and founder of the Nyaya philosophy. 2. A legislator of the same name. 3. A name of Sakya Muni, the original Bud'dha or founder of the Baud'dha sect. 4. A name of the first pupil of the last Jaina. 5. Name of a tribe or family of Brahmans descended from Gotama. 6. A poison, one of the fixed kinds, or mineral, vegetable, &c. f. (-mī) 1. A name of Durga. 2. A female Rakshasa or goblin. 3. A yellow dye: see gorocanā 4. The Godavari river. E. gotama a sage, and aṇ patronomic affix, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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