Putra; 8 Definition(s)

Introduction

Putra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) Putra (पुत्र) refers to “sons”, mentioned as one of the potential rewards of Śiva-worship, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.12:—“[...] those who desire magnificent buildings, beautiful ornaments, beautiful women, wealth to satiety, sons and grandsons (putra-pautra), health, splendid body, extraordinary status, heavenly happiness and final salvation or profound devotion to the great lord shall duly worship Śiva by virtue of their merit accumulated by them. Sure success will be his who regularly worships Śiva liṅga with great devotion. He will never be afflicted by sins”.

2) Putra (पुत्र) refers to “sons”, which is mentioned as obtainable through the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.14:—“[...] a person desirous of long life shall worship him with Dūrvā grass. A person desirous of sons (putra-kāma) shall worship him with Dhattūra flowers. A Dhattūra plant with red stem is specially auspicious for worship. A worshipper using Agastya flowers will earn great fame”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

1a) Putra (पुत्र).—One of the seven sons of Vasiṣṭha*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 28. 36.

1b) A son of Svāyambhuva Manu.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 18.

1c) A son of Priyavrata given to yoga: had no inclination for ruling the kingdom.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 7-9.
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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Putra (पुत्र) is the name of a Vīra (hero) who, together with the Ḍākinī named Putrī forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Agnicakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the agnicakra refers to one of the three divisions of the saṃbhoga-puṭa (‘enjoyment layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs and Vīras [viz., Putra] are red in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geogprahy

Putra.—cf. Nigama-putra (LL), ‘the inhabitant of a nigama (township).’ Cf. Durgā-putra, Puruṣottama-putra, etc. (IE 7-1-2), probably confused with pāṇḍu-putra and used to indicate ‘five’. Note: putra is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

putra (पुत्र).—m (S) A son. Pr. sōḷā varṣēṃ putra maga mitra Until the sixteenth year, treat your son as a boy or subject youth; after that regard him as a friend. 2 In Hindu law twelve kinds of Son are enumerated. See dvādaśavidhaputra. putramukha pāhaṇēṃ To inspect the visage and features of a newborn child whilst reciting a mantra.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

putra (पुत्र).—m A son.

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

Putra (पुत्र).—

1) A son; (the word is thus derived:-punnāmno narakād yasmāt trāyate pitaraṃ sutaḥ | tasmāt putra iti proktaḥ svayameva svayaṃbhuvā || Ms.9.138; the word, therefore, should be strictly written puttraḥ).

2) A child, young one of an animal.

3) A dear child (a term of endearment in addressing young persons).

4) (At the end of comp.) Anything little or small of its kind; as in असिपुत्रः, शिलापुत्रः (asiputraḥ, śilāputraḥ) &c.

5) (Astrol.) The fifth mansion from जन्मलग्न (janmalagna).

-trau (du.) A son and daughter.

Derivable forms: putraḥ (पुत्रः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Putra (पुत्र) or Puttra.—m.

(-ttraḥ) 1. A son. 2. A child, in the language of the Vedas. 3. The fifth mansion from the point of conjunction of the sun, and a zodiacal sign. f. (-ttrī) A daughter. du. always, (-ttrī) Son and daughter. E. put, and trā to preserve, the hell, (from,) aff. ka; or pūj to purify, aff. ttra; one ta may be rejected in writing this word, and its derivatives, leaving putra. The word is thus derived by Manu. viz:— “punnāmno narakādyasmāt pitaraṃ trāyate sutaḥ . tasmātputra iti proktaḥ khayameva svayaṃbhūvā ..”

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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