Pitavastra, Pītavastra, Pita-vastra: 1 definition


Pitavastra 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pitavastra in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pītavastra (पीतवस्त्र) refers to “one wearing yellow garment” and is used to describe Śiva assuming the form of Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.30 (“The Celebration of Pārvatī’s Return”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime the lord of mountains returned from the Gaṅgā. He saw the mendicant in the human form in his court-yard. [...] O dear, then the mendicant who was clever at diverse sports showed his endless great power to the mountain. The mountain saw him immediately transmuted in to the form of Viṣṇu the four-armed, with crown earrings and yellow garment (pītavastra). Flowers etc. which had been offered to the mace-bearing lord, Viṣṇu, at the time of worship, he saw on the body and over the head of the mendicant. [...]”.

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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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