Goloka, aka: Go-loka; 5 Definition(s)
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Goloka (गोलोक).—A divine world. Mostly cows live in this world which is above all the other worlds. Surabhi, daughter of Dakṣa, acquired great powers by doing rigorous penance in this world. Pandits say that Goloka is the upper lip, Brahmaloka, the lower lip of Mahāviṣṇu. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 347, Śloka 52).(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 27. 1; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 32. 40; 41. 55; 42. 19; 43. 29; IV. 1. 156; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 159; 104. 53-55.
- 2) Matsya-purāṇa 191. 99; 205. 8.
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.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)
Goloka (गोलोक) refers to the “world of cows”, which is explained in the twefth chapter of the Śivadharmottarapurāṇa(Source): Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Goloka (गोलोक).—At the climax of the description of śivapura we come to learn that the goloka is none other than śivapura itself! However, the impact of this proposition, a most astounding revelation on the face of it, dwindles away as we realize that here goloka does not designate the well-known Vaiṣṇava paradise of the cowherd Kṛṣṇa; in fact, the Śaiva paradise earns the name because the five celestial cow-mothers reside there together with the bull of dharma. Accordingly, there follows a eulogy of the cows and of the merits of protecting, giving, possessing and tending them.(Source): academia.edu: Śivadharmottara Purāṇa: a Survey
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Goloka (गोलोक).—a part of heaven, cow-world.
Derivable forms: golokaḥ (गोलोकः).
Goloka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and loka (लोक).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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Search found 14 books and stories containing Goloka or Go-loka. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.6.209 < [Chapter 6 - Abhīṣṭa-lābha: The Attainment of All Desires]
Verse 2.5.80 < [Chapter 5 - Prema: Love of God]
Verse 2.7.82 < [Chapter 7 - Jagad-ānanda: The Bliss of the Worlds]
The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 49 - On the anecdote of Surabhi < [Book 9]
Chapter 13 - On the anecdote of Gaṅgā < [Book 9]
The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
Chapter XII - Indra comes to Krishna < [Book V]
10. The Brahma-vaivartta Purāṇa < [Preface]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 2 - Menā and others incur the imprecation of Sanaka etc. < [Section 2.3 - Rudra-saṃhitā (3): Pārvatī-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 30 - Prayer to the lord of gods < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 29 - The previous birth of Śaṅkhacūḍa < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Isha Upanishad (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)