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1a) Sanaka (सनक).—A mind-born son of Brahmā; went on a visit to Vaikuṇṭha with his brothers; obstructed by Jaya and Vijaya, cursed them; and this was approved by Kṛṣṇa. His joy to see Hari; the avatār of Śiva; a son of Kanka; a celibate who waits on Hari; went with the latter to Pṛthu's sacrifice;1 was taught the knowledge of yoga by Hari in the form of a Haṃsa and in the presence of Brahmā;2 entered Umāvanam and seeing Śiva sporting with Umā, returned.3 He and others formed the Sadasyas for Soma's Rājasūya;4 got mokṣa through jñānam.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 4; 15. 12-13, 30 and 34; 16. 1-4, 25-28; Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 72; 23. 131; 101. 337; 105. 2; Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 4. 5.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 8. 1: 19. 6. 29 42; X. 39. 53; XI. 13. (whole).
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 36. 5 and 52; 60. 23; IV. 15. 8 and 40; 39. 56; 47. 66.
  • 4) Matsya-purāṇa 23. 21; 102. 17; 245. 77.
  • 5) Vāyu-purāṇa 24. 79.

1b) Ārṣeya Pravara, (Bhārgavas).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 44.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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