Shabalashva, aka: Śabalāśva; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śabalāśva can be transliterated into English as Sabalasva or Shabalashva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1) Śabalāśva (शबलाश्व).—The thousand sons born to Dakṣa of his wife Vīraṇī, are known as Śabalāśvas. To procreate man-kind Dakṣa first created five hundred sons by his wife Asiknī and named them Haryaśvas. Dakṣa had to create the Śabalāśvas as the Haryaśvas were misled by Nārada. But, Nārada approached and told the Śabalāśvas also that it was not correct on their part to procreate children before they had studied the interior, exterior, bottom and top of the earth. Believing Nārada’s advice the Śabalāśvas also set out to measure the extent of the earth and they have not yet returned. Because of this Brahmā cursed that Nārada, instead of living at one place, should always be on the move. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Part 1, Chapter 15).

2) Śabalāśva (शबलाश्व).—A King born in the dynasty of King Kuru. His father, Avikṣit or Aśvavān was the grandson of King Kuru. Avikṣit had, besides Śabalāśva, seven sons calied Parīkṣit, Ādirāja Virāja, Śālmali, Uccaiśśravas, Bhaṃgakāra and Jitāri. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 52).

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

Śabalāśva (शबलाश्व).—The second one thousand sons of Asiknī and Dakṣa. Advised by Nārada they took to the path of ‘Not returning’, taken by their elder brothers; went to different parts of the world in search of their brothers, Haryaśvas and were lost.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 5. 24; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 2. 24-5; Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 152-4; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 97-100.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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