Pashupa, Paśupa, Pashu-pa: 9 definitions


Pashupa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. 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 Paśupa can be transliterated into English as Pasupa or Pashupa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Paśupa (पशुप) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.48.3) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Paśupa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Paśupa (पशुप) refers to “shepherds”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 16) (“On the planets—graha-bhaktiyoga”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] Mars presides over citizens, farmers, chemists, firemen, soldiers, forest-men, citadels, chief towns, butchers, sinners, haughty men, kings, children, elephants, fops, infanticides, shepherds (paśupa), red fruits, red flowers, corals, commanders of armies, jaggery, wine, cruel men, storehouses, Agnihotrins, metal mines, the Śākyas in red robes, the Buddhists, thieves, rogues, vindictive and gluttonous persons. [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Pasupa in India is the name of a plant defined with Rhododendron anthopogon in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Rhododendron anthopogon var. album Davidian) (from the Greek anthos ‘flower’ and pogon ‘beard’ (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Quart. Bull. Amer. Rhododendron Soc.
· Numer. List (1829)
· Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society (1821)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paśupa (पशुप).—a herdsman.

Derivable forms: paśupaḥ (पशुपः).

Paśupa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms paśu and pa (प).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Paśupa (पशुप).—[adjective] guarding cattle; [masculine] herdsman.

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Paśupā (पशुपा).—[masculine] keeper of cattle, herdsman.

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

1) Paśupa (पशुप):—[=paśu-pa] [from paśu > paś] mfn. guarding or keeping c°

2) [v.s. ...] m. a herdsman, [Mahābhārata; Varāha-mihira]

3) Paśupā (पशुपा):—[=paśu-pā] [from paśu > paś] m. a keeper of herds, herdsman, [Ṛg-veda]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of Pūṣan, [ib.]

5) [v.s. ...] [dual number] Name of P° and Revati, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa]

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Pashupa 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Paśupa (ಪಶುಪ):—

1) [noun] = ಪಶುಪತಿ [pashupati].

2) [noun] Vřṣabha, the lord of oxen.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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