Paravirahan, Paravīrahan, Paravīrahā, Paraviraha, Para-viraha: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Universität Wien: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā

Paravīrahan (परवीरहन्) refers to a “slayer of hostile heroes”, according to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “Such a Court Officiant who is [himself] like a Guru to Kings is difficult to find. Such a one is verily capable of warding off the flood of misdeeds [and their consequences] for Kings. Therefore, he alone is able to perform the rituals of protection of Kings. He who has such a Guru [by his side] shall become a sovereign King, one with a long life, one free of enemies and diseases and a slayer of hostile heroes (paravīrahan)”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Paravīrahan (परवीरहन्) refers to the “slayer of enemies” and is used to describe Tāraka, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.8 (“The battle between the gods and Asuras”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] The heroic Asura Tāraka, the slayer of enemies (paravīrahan), immediately split the arrows of the gods by his own sharp arrows. The Asura Tāraka then quickly hit Viṣṇu with his spear. On being hit thus, Viṣṇu fell unconscious on the ground. In a trice, Viṣṇu got up and in rage seized his discus that was blazing with flames and he roared like a lion. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Paravirahan in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Paravīrahan (परवीरहन्).—[adjective] killing hostile heroes.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Paravīrahan (परवीरहन्):—[=para-vīra-han] [from para] m. killer of hostile heroes, [Mahābhārata]

[Sanskrit to German]

Paravirahan in German

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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 (even English!). 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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