Paulastya; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Paulastya (पौलस्त्य).—The demons born in the race of Pulastya are called Paulastyas. They were born like the brothers of Duryodhana. Rāvaṇa born in the family of Pulastya is also called Paulastya. (Chapter 67, Ādi Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Paulastya (पौलस्त्य).—A name of Rāvaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 196; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 195.

1b) A Ṛṣi.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 84; 62. 42, 53.

1c) A Deva in the 11th antam.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 62. 17.

1d) One of the seven sages.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 83; 97, 106, 116.

1e) A Devagaṇa; one of the Niśācara Rākṣasa clans;1 of Agastya family.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 50; 7. 162; 8. 57 and 62.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 202. 2.

1f) A Rākṣasa clan;1 sons of Dānāgni and Sujamghī.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 195.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 11. 29.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Paulastya (पौलस्त्य) or Paulastyasaṃhitā is the name of a Vaiṣṇava Āgama scripture, classified as a tāmasa type of the Muniprokta group of Pāñcarātra Āgamas. The vaiṣṇavāgamas represent one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom).—Texts of the Pāñcara Āgamas are divided in to two sects. It is believed that Lord Vāsudeva revealed the first group of texts which are called Divya and the next group is called Muniprokta which are further divided in to three viz. a. Sāttvika. b. Rājasa. c. Tāmasa (eg., Paulastya-saṃhitā).

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (pancaratra)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Paulastya (पौलस्त्य).—

1) An epithet of Rāvaṇa; पौलस्त्यः कथमन्यदारहरणे दोषं न विज्ञातवान् (paulastyaḥ kathamanyadāraharaṇe doṣaṃ na vijñātavān) Pt.2.4; R.4.8;1.5;12.72.

2) Of Kubera.

3) Of Bibhīṣaṇa.

4) The moon.

Derivable forms: paulastyaḥ (पौलस्त्यः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paulastya (पौलस्त्य).—m.

(-styaḥ) 1. Kuvera. 2. Ravana. 3. Either of the brothers of Ravana, Vibhishana or Kumbhakarna. 3. The moon. f. (-styī) The sister of Ravana, Surpanak'Ha. E. pulastya a saint so named, and aṇ aff. of descent.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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