Jagatsrishti, Jagatsṛṣṭi, Jagat-Srishti: 2 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Jagatsṛṣṭi can be transliterated into English as Jagatsrsti or Jagatsrishti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Jagatsṛṣṭi (जगत्सृष्टि) refers to “creator the worlds” and is an epithet of Brahmā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.14. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On seeing the mother of the universe born of Vīriṇī, Dakṣa joined his palms in reverence, paid respects to her and eulogised her. [...] I bow to Thee, the great mother of the universe, the great Goddess, by whom formerly Brahmā had been directed to create the worlds (viz., Jagatsṛṣṭi) which he carried out”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Jagatsṛṣṭi (जगत्सृष्टि).—Evolution of Tattvas, etc. When the Śaktis did not attend to their function of creation, the Lord with Śaktikālā entered into twenty-three tattvas by dividing himself into three parts—adhyātma, ādhidaiva, and ādhibhauma with tenfold prāṇa, Agni as his mouth, Varuṇa as tongue, Aśvins as nostrils, etc. Then came the four varṇas. At first five varieties of Ajñāna were created, viz., andhatāmisra, tāmisra, mahāmoha, moha, and tamas. Ashamed of these sinful creations, Brahmā created seers like Sanaka, Sananda, etc. They also did not proceed with the work of creation as was desired. So Brahmā grew angry and down came Rudra from the midst of his eye-brows. He was assigned places and women. Finding his creation intolerable, Brahmā sent him away for penance, and produced ten mind-born sons, Maricī, Atri and others, and a daughter Sarasvatī. Then came the Vedas and other literature. Further the Creator's body got into two halves—one Svāyambhuva and the other Śatarūpa. These were parents of two sons and three daughters. Their descendants filled up the whole of the earth. Another account of creation.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 5. 27-36; 6. (whole); 12. (whole); 20. 12 ff.
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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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