Sahasrabahu, Sahasrabāhu, Sahasra-bahu: 7 definitions


Sahasrabahu 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Sahasrabāhu (सहस्रबाहु) refers to one who has a “thousand arms”, and is used to describe Vīrabhadra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.33. Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Accompanied by these Gaṇas, the noble-souled Vīrabhadra who had the same dress, features and embellishments as Śiva went ahead in a chariot. He had a thousand arms (sahasrabāhu) each like hoods of the serpent king. He was powerful and terrifying”.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sahasrabāhu (सहस्रबाहु).—A warrior of Subrahmaṇya. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 59).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Sahasrabāhu (सहस्रबाहु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.54) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sahasrabāhu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sahasrabahu in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sahasrabāhu (सहस्रबाहु).—

1) an epithet of king Kārtavīrya q. v.

2) of the demon Bāṇa.

3) of Śiva (or of Viṣṇu according to some).

Derivable forms: sahasrabāhuḥ (सहस्रबाहुः).

Sahasrabāhu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sahasra and bāhu (बाहु).

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

Sahasrabāhu (सहस्रबाहु).—[adjective] having a thousand arms.

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

1) Sahasrabāhu (सहस्रबाहु):—[=sahasra-bāhu] [from sahasra] mfn. (sahasra.) having a th° arms, th°-armed, [Mantra-brāhmaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] (also applied to, [Atharva-veda xix, 6], beginning with the above word)

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Śiva, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] of Arjuna, [Rāmāyaṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] of one of Skanda’s attendants, [Mahābhārata]

6) [v.s. ...] of the Asura Bāṇa, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

7) [v.s. ...] mf. a Name (others, ‘battle, war’), [Ṛg-veda viii, 45, 26.]

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Sahasrabahu in German

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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 (even English!). 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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