Satvata, aka: Sātvata; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Sātvata (सात्वत).—A King of the Yadu dynasty and son of Devakṣatra, Sātvata had seven sons called Bhaja, Bhaji, Divya, Vṛṣṇi, Devapṛṣṭha, Antaka and Mahābhoja. Sātvata was one of the Sātvatas and the men born in his dynasty are called Sātvatas. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 2, Verse 30).

2) Sātvata (सात्वत).—Another name of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Satvata (सत्वत).—A son of Aṃśu; the line of Sātvatas came after him;1 father of a number of reputed sons like Bhajamāna.2

  • 1) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 12. 43-4.
  • 2) Ib. IV. 13. 1.

2a) Sātvata (सात्वत).—A son of Āyu, and father of Bhajamāna and six other sons. Attacked the Asura followers of Bali.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 21. 17; IX. 24. 6-7.

2b) The son of Satva (Janhu Matsya-purāṇa); wife, Kausalyā; father of four sons, Bhajamāna, Bhaji etc., who founded four different dynasties.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 70. 48; 71. 1, 2; Matsya-purāṇa 44. 46-8; Vāyu-purāṇa 95. 47.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Sātvata (सात्वत) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. V.19.1, VI.47.19, VI.52.3, VI.112.12) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sātvata) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Sātvata (सात्वत) refers to an archaic designation of an ancient Bhakti cult.—At the time of their composition, many texts from the various sects who saw Viṣṇu as the highest god were not grouped under a common term, like Vaiṣṇava, as we are used to grouping them. Banerjea asserts that the Pādma Tantra says (in Banerjea’s translation): “Sūri, Suhṛt, Bhāgavata, Sātvata, Pañcakālavit, Ekāntika, Tanmaya and Pāñcarātrika are different designations of this Bhakti cult”. Banerjea also points out that the term Vaiṣṇava is absent.

Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sātvata (सात्वत).—1 Name of Viṣṇu; Mb.14.52.49.

2) Of Balarāma.

3) The son of an outcast Vaiśya; Ms.1. 23.

-tāḥ (m. pl.) Name of a people; सुचिरं सह सर्वसात्वतैर्भव विश्वस्तवसासिनीजनः (suciraṃ saha sarvasātvatairbhava viśvastavasāsinījanaḥ) Śi.16.14. -a.

1) Belonging to सात्वत (sātvata), Vaiṣṇava; तन्त्रं सात्वतमाचष्ट नैष्कर्म्यं कर्मणां यतः (tantraṃ sātvatamācaṣṭa naiṣkarmyaṃ karmaṇāṃ yataḥ) Bhāg.1.3.8.

2) A devotee (bhakta); सद्योऽन्तर्हृदये नित्यं मुनिभिः सात्वतैर्वृतः (sadyo'ntarhṛdaye nityaṃ munibhiḥ sātvatairvṛtaḥ) A. Rām.1.2.17.

3) Belonging to Pāncharātra; सात्वतं विधिमास्थाय (sātvataṃ vidhimāsthāya) Mb.12.335.19.

Derivable forms: sātvataḥ (सात्वतः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sātvata (सात्वत).—m.

(-taḥ) 1. Vishnu. 2. Baladeva. m. Plu.

(-tāḥ) The people of one of the countries of midland India, apparently inhabiting a district in the vicinity of the Parijatra mountains, said to be descendants from outcaste Vaisyas. f. (-tī) 1. One of the four great divisions of the drama, described as the representation of gentle and amiable sentiments or passions. 2. The mother of Sisu- Pala. E. satvata a proper name, &c., aṇ aff.; or satyameva sātvama tattanoti tan-ḍa .

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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