Sarvalokahita, Sarvaloka-hita: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Sarvalokahita (सर्वलोकहित) refers to “(that which is done for) the welfare of all the worlds”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.20 (“The story of the submarine fire”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to the Ocean: “O dear, intelligent one, causing the welfare of all the worlds [i.e., sarvalokahita-āvaha], O ocean, induced by Śiva’s will, I shall explain to you. This is the fire of fury of lord Śiva, the great lord. It is in the form of a mare now. After burning Kāma it was about to burn everything. At the will of Śiva I was requested by the gods who were harassed by it, and so I went there and suppressed the fire. [...]”.

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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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