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Hamsonarayana, aka: Haṃsonārāyaṇa; 1 Definition(s)


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Haṃsonārāyaṇa (हंसोनारायण).—Brahmā; comes out of the Ekārṇava; the same as what the Āraṇyakas and the Upaniṣads say of Puruṣoyajña; being a Vedamaya he introduces 16 Ṛtviks required for a Yajña from the different limbs of a body; Mārkaṇḍeya came out of his face and saw the world plunged in waters and wondered at it. Once again he entered the body of the Lord, and coming out again he saw a child sleeping on a branch of the banyan tree. He got afraid of his loneliness when the baby Lord asked him not to be afraid of him and told him that he was his father and Hṛṣikeśa, etc; conversation between them; then he entered the bowels of the Lord;1 after the stipulated period the Lord thought of the universe and then came Vaiśvānara; then a thousand-leafed lotus issued from his navel in the shape of the earth. There appeared Brahmā, the different hills, countries, Mlecchas, etc; from this originated Padmavīdhi in Yajñas;2 there also came Madhu and Kaiṭabha, two representatives of the qualities of rajas and tamas who invited the creator for war. Then they sought and got death from Viṣṇu. Brahmā created a number of mind-born sons as Progenitors of the world.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 167 (whole).
  • 2) Ib. Chh. 168, 169.
  • 3) Ib. Chh. 170, 171.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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