Pulaha; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Pulaha (पुलह):—One of the mind-born sons of Brahmā, according to the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa (chapter on the Devī-yajña). They were created by the sheer power of mind.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śrīmad Devī Bhāgavatam
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Pulaha (पुलह).—One of the Prajāpatis. The references about him in the Purāṇas are the following:

Pulaha was one of the spiritual sons of Brahmā. (Śloka 12, Chapter 204, Vana Parva).

Kṣamā, wife of Pulaha, delivered three sons named Kardama, Urvarīvān and Sahiṣṇu. (Chapter 10, Aṃśa 1, Viṣṇu Purāṇa).

Pulaha got of his wife Kṣamā another son named Karmaśreṣtha. (Chapter 20, Agni Purāṇa).

Pulaha is included in the group of six powerful sages. (Śloka 4, Chapter 66, Ādi Parva).

From Pulaha were born the butterflies, lions, tigers, lambs, wolves and Kimpuruṣas. (Śloka 3, Chapter 66, Ādi Parva).

Pulaha took part in the Janmotsava of Arjuna. (Śloka 52, Chapter 122, Ādi Parva).

Pulaha was also among the sages who dissuaded Parāśara from conducting a yāga to kill all the rākṣasas. (Śloka 9, Chapter 180, Ādi Parva).

Pulaha was a member of the court of Indra. (Śloka 17, Chapter 7, Sabhā Parva).

Pulaha was a worshipper of Brahmā. (Śloka 18, (Chapter 11, Sabhā Parva).

Pulaha did penance at a place on the shores of Alakanandā, a tributary of river Gaṅgā. (Śloka 6, Chapter 142, Vana Parva).

He took part in the Janmotsava of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 9, Chapter 45, Śalya Parva).

Pulaha is included in the twenty one Prajāpatis. (Śloka 35, Chapter 334, Śānti Parva).

Pulaha is one among the group of Saptarṣis called Citraśikhaṇḍins. (Śloka 29, Chapter 335, Śānti Parva).

Pulaha is also one of the Aṣṭaprakṛtis. (Chapter 340, Śānti Parva).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Pulaha (पुलह) was created as a Sādhaka (aspirant) by Brahmā out of his vital breath named Vyāna, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.16:—“[...] I [viz., Brahmā] created many other things as well, but O sage, I was not satisfied. Then O sage, I meditated on Śiva and his consort Ambā and created aspirants (sādhakas). [...] I created the great sage Pulaha from the vital breath Vyāna, [...] O foremost among sages, creating thus, thanks to the favour of Mahādeva, these excellent Sādhakas (eg., Pulaha) I became contented. Then, O dear one, Dharma, born out of my conception assumed the form of Manu at my bidding and was engaged in activity by the aspirants”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

1a) Pulaha (पुलह).—One of the ten mind-born sons of Brahmā, born of his navel; married Kardama's daughter, Gatī and had three sons; born from the Keśa of fire to which Brahmā's śukram was offered; presiding over the month of Mādhava;1 a Mahaṛṣi; his hermitage, sacred to Hari; visited by Balarāma; Bharata spent his last days in it;2 had not realised the Supreme Being;3 his descendants became Ājyapa manes;4 praised Śiva out to destroy Tripura;5 gave akṣasūtra to Vāmana;6 younger brother of Pulastya, married Sambhūti;7 King Ṛṣabha spent his last days in his hermitage.8

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 22, 24; 24. 23; IV. 1. 38; XII. 11. 34; Matsya-purāṇa 3. 7; 171. 27; 195. 10; 202. 7 and 9.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 14. 30; X. 79. 10; V. 7. 8; 8. 30; Matsya-purāṇa 145. 90; Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 2; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 5.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 29. 43.
  • 4) Matsya-purāṇa 15. 21.
  • 5) Ib. 102. 19; 126. 3; 133. 67.
  • 6) Ib. 245. 87.
  • 7) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 1. 23; 7. 5 and 7.
  • 8) Ib. II. 1. 29.

1b) Created from vyāna of Brahmā; out of the Vāruṇi yajña with hairs hanging from his body;1 son of Brahmā;2 Prajāpati of the Svāyambhuva period;3 son-in-law of Dakṣa;4 wife Kṣamā;5 father of four sons and a daughter, Pīvarī.6

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 5. 70; II. 9. 18 and 24; Vāyu-purāṇa 3. 3; 9. 102; 61. 82 and 84.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 55; 13. 53; Vāyu-purāṇa 25. 82.
  • 3) Ib. 28. 25; 101. 35 and 49.
  • 4) Ib. 30. 48.
  • 5) Ib. 31. 16.
  • 6) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 11. 30.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pulaha (पुलह) is mentioned as one of the seven mind-born sons of Brahmā, also known as the seven prajāpatis, or the seven brahmās, according to the first chapter of the Brahma-purāṇa (on the origin of Devas and Asuras). Accordingly, “Desirous of evolving creation befitting these, he created Prajāpatis (Lords of subjects) viz. Marīci, Atri, Aṅgiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu and Vasiṣṭha. Thus the lord of great refulgence created seven mental sons. In the Purāṇas these are known as the seven Brahmās”.

The Brahmapurāṇa (mentioning Atri) is one the eighteen mahāpurāṇas originally composed of over 10,000 verses. The first three books of the extant edition contains a diverse amount of topics such as creation theory, cosmology, mythology, philosophy and genealogy. The fourth and last part represents pilgrimage’s travel guide (māhātmya) and narrates the legends surrounding numerous holy spots (tīrtha) around the Godāvarī region in India.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Brahma Purana

Pulaha (पुलह) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.10, I.65, I.60.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pulaha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Pulaha (पुलह) is the name of a sage who was in the company of Bharata when he recited the Nāṭyaveda them, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, they asked the following questions, “O the best Brahmin (lit. the bull of the twice-born), tell us about the character of the god who appears in the Preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). Why is the sound [of musical instruments] applied there? What purpose does it serve when applied? What god is pleased with this, and what does he do on being pleased? Why does the Director being himself clean, perform ablution again on the stage? How, O sir, the drama has come (lit. dropped) down to the earth from heaven? Why have your descendants come to be known as Śūdras?”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pulaha (पुलह).—Name of a sage, one of the mind-born sons of Brahmā; Ms.1.35.

Derivable forms: pulahaḥ (पुलहः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pulaha (पुलह).—m.

(-haḥ) One of the seven divine sages, supposed to have born from the navel of Brahma. E. pul great, to abandon, aff. ka.

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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