Pakshivamsha, Pakṣivaṃśa, Pakshi-vamsha: 1 definition



Pakshivamsha 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 Pakṣivaṃśa can be transliterated into English as Paksivamsa or Pakshivamsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pakshivamsha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Pakṣivaṃśa (पक्षिवंश).—The Purāṇic version of the origin of birds is given below:

Descending in order from Viṣṇu came Brahmā—Marīci -Kaśyapaprajāpati. The latter got of his wife Tāmrā (daughter of Dakṣa) five daughters named Krauñcī, Bhāsī, Śyenī, Dhṛtarāṣṭrī and Śukī. From Krauñcī were born the Ulūkas, Bhāsī gave birth to Bhāsas, Śyenī to vultures and Dhṛtarāṣṭrī to swans and geese. From these originated the entire bird family of the world. (Chapter 4, Araṇya Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).

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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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