Pashupatavrata, Pāśupatavrata, Pashupata-vrata: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Pāśupatavrata can be transliterated into English as Pasupatavrata or Pashupatavrata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pashupatavrata in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pāśupatavrata (पाशुपतव्रत) refers to the “Pāśupata rite” (i.e., “the reite for the release of an individual soul from the bondage of rebirth”), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.9 (“Śiva’s campaign”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to the Gods: “O excellent gods, you will not fall even in your animal-hood. Let it be heard, and let the process of release from animal-hood be practised. He who performs the divine rite of Pāśupata will be released from animal-hood. I promise this to you. Be attentive. O excellent gods, there is no doubt about it that those who perform my Pāśupata rite (pāśupatavrata) will become liberated [ye cāpyanye kariṣyaṃti vrataṃ pāśupataṃ mama | mokṣyaṃti]. He who renders service perpetually or for twelve years, becomes relieved of animal-hood. Hence O excellent gods, perform this divine rite. You will be released from animal-hood. There is no doubt about this”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pāśupatavrata (पाशुपतव्रत).—(Paśupāśāvimocana)—ordained for all āśramas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 295.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Pāśupatavrata (पाशुपतव्रत) or simply Pāśupata refers to type of Vrata (“religious observances”), according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, the Pāśupatavrata is the most important mode of worship for [the Pāśupatas]. The Saurapurāṇa (45.64ff) describes the procedure for the observation of this vrata.

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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»] — Pashupatavrata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pāśupatavrata (पाशुपतव्रत).—The system of पाशुपत (pāśupata). See पाशुपतम् (pāśupatam).

Derivable forms: pāśupatavratam (पाशुपतव्रतम्).

Pāśupatavrata is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pāśupata and vrata (व्रत). See also (synonyms): pāśupatayoga.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Pāśupatavrata (पाशुपतव्रत) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the 40th Pariśiṣṭa of the Av. W. p. 91.

2) Pāśupatavrata (पाशुपतव्रत):—Pariś. 40 of the Av. Tb. 214.

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

1) Pāśupatavrata (पाशुपतव्रत):—[=pāśupata-vrata] [from pāśupata > pāśava] n. = -yoga, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of the 40th Pariśiṣṭa of [Atharva-veda]

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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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