Prapancabhuta, Prapanca-bhuta, Prapañcabhūta: 1 definition


Prapancabhuta 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Prapanchabhuta.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Prapañcabhūta (प्रपञ्चभूत) refers to “one (whose cosmic image is) identical with the universe” and is used to describe Kārttikeya (i.e., Kumāra—Śiva’s son), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.12 (“The story of Śiva and Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to Kārttikeya: “[...] You alone are the creator, sustainer and annihilator of the universe. You, born of fire-god, be pleased. Your cosmic image is identical with the universe (prapañcabhūta). O son of Śiva, kinsman of the distressed, be pleased. O lord, protector of the gods, O lord, save us always. O merciful one, protector of gods, be pleased. After killing the Asura Tāraka along with his followers, O great lord, the gods have been freed from adversities by you”.

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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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