Pushpaka, Puṣpaka: 18 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Puṣpaka can be transliterated into English as Puspaka or Pushpaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Pushpak.

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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

1) Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):—The Sanskrit name for one of the five Vimānas created by Brahmā, the great Creator, in the hoary past for gods. They were for travelling in the air, beautiful to look at, colossal in shape, made of gold and studded with gems. Puṣpaka was to be used by Kubera, the god of wealth. Vimānas represent the ‘aerial chariots’ of the gods, but also refers to seven-storey palaces. It is described in the 11th-century Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra (49.3) by Bhojadeva. Accordingly, “Puṣpaka may be square and rectangular or oblong in structure”. It is from the self-same five shapes of Vimānas that later on, Brahmā created the Prāsāda.

The Puṣpaka type of Vimāna exhibits ten different temples:

  1. Bhava,
  2. Viśāla,
  3. Sāmmukhya,
  4. Prabhava,
  5. Śivirāgṛha,
  6. Mukhaśāla,
  7. Dviśāla,
  8. Gṛharāja,
  9. Amala,
  10. Vibhu.

These are the names of 10 out of a total of 64 temples (prāsāda) mentioned in same chapter.

2) Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):—The name of a group of temple classifications, comprising 9 rectangular-shaped temple categories, according to the 8th-century Agnipurāṇa. The Puṣpaka group is one of the five groups mentioned in the purāṇa, and represents the North-Indian classification of temples.

  1. Valabhī,
  2. Gṛharāja,
  3. Mandira,
  4. Brahmamandira,
  5. Bhuvana,
  6. Prabhava,
  7. Śivikā,
  8. Śālā,
  9. Viśāla.

3) Puṣpaka (पुष्पक) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 57. The temple is mentioned as one of the nine temples being a favorite of Bhagavatī. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Purāṇas

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक) refers to a variety of maṇḍapa (halls attached to the temple), according to the Matsya-purāṇa (verses 270.1-30). The puṣpaka-maṇḍapa is to be built with 64 pillars (stambha). The Matsyapurāṇa is one of the eighteen major purāṇas dating from the 1st-millennium BCE.

Accordingly (verse 270.15-17), “These maṇḍapas (e.g., puṣpaka) should be either made triangular, circular, octagonal or with 16 sides or they are square. They promote kingdoms, victory, longevity, sons, wife and nourishment respecitvely. Temples of other shape than these are inauspicious.”

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—A divine Aerial Chariot. Origin. Viśvakarmā had a daughter named Saṃjñā. She was married to Sūrya. But Saṃjñā could not live with Sūrya for long because of the terrible heat and so she came back and told her father about it. At once Viśvakarmā ordered Sūrya to come to him and the former then tried to reduce his brightness by rubbing him on a grindstone. However much he tried he was not able to reduce even an eighth of his brightness. The brightness of the Sun which was rubbed out spread in the atmosphere as suspended lustrous particles. Viśvakarmā collected that lustrous dust and from it created four brilliant things. The Cakrāyudha of Mahāviṣṇu is one, the Triśūla of Śiva is another, and the third is Puṣpakavimāna (Puṣpaka Aerial chariot). The fourth is Śakti, a weapon of Subrahmaṇya. Viśvakarmā gave them all as presents to Brahmā. (Chapter 2, Aṃ a 2, Viṣṇu Purāṇa). (See full article at Story of Puṣpaka from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—The great forest lying on one side of the mountain Latāveṣṭa situated to the south of Dvārakāpurī. (Chapter 38, Dākṣiṇātya Pāṭha, Sabhā Parva).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक) refers to the chariot of Kubera, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.36. Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“Indra mocked at Viṣṇu who was engrossed in his own arguments. He, the bearer of the thunderbolt, was desirous of fighting Vīrabhadra along with the other Devas. [...] Varuṇa rode on a crocodile; the wind-god rode on a deer; Kubera sat in his chariot Puṣpaka and he was ready and alert”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—The aerial car in which Rāma flew to Ayodhyā;1 of Kubera;2 constructed by Śiva.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 10. 45.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 174. 1-7; 191. 88; 193. 10; Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 6-7.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 130. 12.

1b) The maṇṭapa with 64 pillars.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 270. 3, 7.

1c) A mountain north of the Mahābhadra;1 the residence of sages.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 32; 38. 71.
  • 2) Ib. 39. 62.
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक) is the name of a Vimāna (celestial car), according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.


“[...] aroused by the sound of the bell Mahāghoṣā, the Lord of the Aiśānakalpa, carrying a trident, having a bull as a vehicle, seated in a car Puṣpaka made by the Abhiyogya Puṣpaka, descended on the south of Aiśānakalpa by an oblique path to Mt. Ratikara in the northeast of Nandīśvara and, having contracted his car like the Indra of Saudharma, quickly went, before the Blessed One on Mt. Meru with devotion.”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Puṣpaka.—(CII 4), a temple. Note: puṣpaka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—n S Specks or a speck on the eye, albugo. 2 or puṣpakavimāna m n The chariot of the god kubēra. Ex. tōṃ pātalā prayāṇakāḷa || vaikuṇṭhīṃhūna tayē vēḷēṃ || pu0 javaḷa || ālēṃ dāsācyā sannidha ||.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—n Specks or a speck on the eye. puṣpaka vimāna m n The chariot of the god kubēra.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—

1) Flower.

2) Calx of brass.

3) A cup of iron.

4) The car of Kubera (snatched off from him by Rāvaṇa and from him by Rāma); वैमानिकाः पुण्यकृतस्त्य- जन्तु मरुतां पथि, पुष्पकालोकसंक्षोभम् (vaimānikāḥ puṇyakṛtastya- jantu marutāṃ pathi, puṣpakālokasaṃkṣobham) R.1.46;13.4.

5) A bracelet.

6) A kind of collyrium.

7) A particular disease of the eyes.

8) A bracelet of jewels.

9) A small earthen fireplace.

Derivable forms: puṣpakam (पुष्पकम्).

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

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—n.

(-kaṃ) 1. Calx of brass used as collyrium. 2. The chariot of Kuvera. 3. A disease of the eyes, albugo, specks on the eye. 4. A bracelet of diamonds or jewels. 5. A cup or vessel of iron. 6. A small earthen fire-place or furnace. 7. Green vitriol. 8. A flower. E. kan added to the last.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—[puṣpa + ka], I. m. A kind of snake, [Suśruta] 2, 265, 20. Ii. n. 1. The chariot of Kuvera, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 36, 15. 2. A bracelet of diamonds or jewels. 3. A cup or vessel of iron. 4. Green vitriol.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक).—[masculine] a kind of snake, [Name] of a mountain; [neuter] ([masculine]) [Name] of Kubera's chariot.

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

1) Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):—[from puṣ] m. a kind of serpent, [Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a mountain, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

3) [from puṣ] n. (rarely m.) Name of the self-moving aerial car of Kubera (also -vimāna n.; it was carried off by the demon Rāvaṇa and constantly used by him till he was slain by Rāma-candra, who then employed the car to transport himself and Sītā back to Ayodhyā), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] n. Name of a forest, [Harivaṃśa]

5) [v.s. ...] calx of brass or green vitriol used as a collyrium, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] a bracelet ([especially] one of jewels), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] a small earthen fire-place or furnace on wheels, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] a cup or vessel of iron, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] a [particular] disease of the eyes (albugo), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):—(kaṃ) 1. n. Calx of brass; car of Kuvera; albugo; a bracelet of gems; iron cup; small furnace; green vitriol; collyrium.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):—(von puṣpa)

1) m. a) eine Art Schlange [Suśruta 2, 265, 20.] — b) Nomen proprium eines Berges [Mārkāṇḍeyapurāṇa 55, 13.] —

2) f. puṣpikā a) Unreinigkeit an den Zähnen [Hārāvalī 195.] zwischen Vorhaut und Eichel [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 634.] — b) Unterschrift eines Abschnittes in einem Buche [Śabdakalpadruma] —

3) n. a) Eisenvitriol [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 3, 69.] = rītipuṣpa, rītikā grüner Vitriol; eine Art Kollyrium (rasāñjana) [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa k. 122.] — b) ein eisernes Trinkgeschirr (lohakāṃsya) [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] — c) Armband [Trikāṇḍaśeṣa 3, 3, 31.] Armband aus Juwelen [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] — d) ein irdener Ofen auf Rädern diess. — e) eine best. Krankheit des Auges diess. — f) Name von Kuvera's Wagen, den Rāvaṇa entwandte und Rāma wieder zurückbrachte, [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 1, 66.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 190.] [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha] [Medinīkoṣa] [Halāyudha 1, 83.] [Mahābhārata 3, 14546. 15888. 15922. 16599. 9, 2759.] [Harivaṃśa 2468.] [Rāmāyaṇa 1, 1, 85. 70, 3. 36, 15. 54, 6. 61, 41. 6, 55, 14. fgg. 106, 8. 107, 23.] [Raghuvaṃśa 10, 47. 13, 40.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 9, 10, 44.] — g) Nomen proprium eines Waldes [Harivaṃśa 8953.] — Vgl. indupuṣpikā, giripuṣpaka, dhūlipuṣpikā, pauṣpaka .

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Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):—

3) f) n. [Rāmāyaṇa 7, 3, 19.] m. [75, 6.] vimāna [WEBER, Rāmatāpanīya Upaniṣad 324.]

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Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):—, puṣpakā yeṣāṃ (so lesen wir) te puṣpakāḥ [Patañjali] [?a. a. O.6,58,b. 63,b.] puṣpakā iti trayo bindava ucyante tadyogādbiḍālāḥ puṣpakā ityāhuḥ [KAIY.] Könnte auch puṣyaka sein.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक):——

1) m. — a) eine Art Schlange. — b) *pl. drei Puncte. — c) *Katze. — d) Nomen proprium eines Berges. —

2) m. (ausnahmsweise) und n. Kubera’s Wagen. Auch vimāna n.

3) *f. puṣpikā — a) Unreinigkeit an den Zähnen , auf der Zunge ([Galano's Wörterbuch]). und zwischen Vorhaut und Eichel. — b) die Unterschrift eines Abschnittes in einem Buche.

4) n. — a) *Eisenoder anderer Vitriol als Collyrium. — b) *Armband oder ein A. von Juwelen. — c) *ein irdener Ofen auf Rädern. — d) *ein metallenes Gefäss. — e) Nomen proprium eines Waldes.

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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Puṣpaka (पुष्पक) [Also spelled pushpak]:—(nm) the name of the mythological aircraft of [kubera] (the god of wealth); also —[vimāna].

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