Gavishtha, aka: Gaviṣṭha; 4 Definition(s)

Introduction

Gavishtha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Gaviṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Gavistha or Gavishtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana

[Gavishtha in Purana glossaries]

Gaviṣṭha (गविष्ठ).—A famous asura. It was he who descended on earth as king Drumasena. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 67).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Gaviṣṭha (गविष्ठ).—A Dānava; in the sabhā of Hiranyakaśipu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 4: Matsya-purāṇa 161. 79.

1b) A son of Angirasa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 2.
(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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Gavishtha in Itihasa glossaries]

Gaviṣṭha (गविष्ठ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.29, I.65) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Gaviṣṭha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Gaviṣṭha is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.32) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Gavishtha in Sanskrit glossaries]

Gaviṣṭha (गविष्ठ).—a. of the earth; of the sky; Bhāg.1.1.36.

-ṣṭhaḥ The sun.

(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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