Satyatapas, Satya-tapas: 5 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Satyatapas (सत्यतपस्).—(utathya) A brahmin boy who was changed into a cobra by the curse of a saint called Godila. The original name of this youth was Utathya. Later he came to be known as Satyatapas. The story of this Śatyatapas is given in Devī Bhāgavata, Skandha 3, as follows:—

In days of old, there was a Brahmin named Devadatta in Kosala. His wife was called Rohiṇī. Though much time elapsed no child was born to them. At last Devadatta performed the sacrifice called Putrakāmeṣṭi, on the banks of the river Tamasā. Several saintly persons took part in the sacrifice. Suhotra was detailed as Brahmā, Yājñavalkya as officiating priest, Bṛhaspati as sacrificer, Paila to recite Vedas and Godila to sing Sāman hymns. The singing of Godila, an expert singer, caused horripilation to everybody in the sacrificial hall. But in the middle of singing he had to take breath, and there occurred a solecism in his voice. Devadatta did not like it. He warned Godila, who instantly became angry and said to Devadatta. "Since you called me Cobra, the son born to you will become a cobra." (See full article at Story of Satyatapas from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Satyatapas (सत्यतपस्).—A hermit. Once he cursed a celestial maid who had tried to hinder his penance, to become a phoenix tree. Later this hermit liberated her from the curse. (Padma Purāṇa, Uttarakhaṇḍa, Chapter 178).

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

Satyatapas (सत्यतपस्).—m. Name of a sage.

Satyatapas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms satya and tapas (तपस्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Satyatapas (सत्यतपस्) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the author of a smṛti, is quoted by Hemādri, in Kālamādhava, Madanapārijāta, in Āhnikatattva, Nirṇayasindhu, Smṛtyarthasāgara. Compare Satyavrata.

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

Satyatapas (सत्यतपस्):—[=satya-tapas] [from satya > sat] m. ‘practising true austerity’, Name of a Muni (who was once a hunter, but after performing severe austerities obtained from Durvāsas the boon of great saintship), [Catalogue(s)]

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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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