Shukadeva, Śukadeva: 11 definitions


Shukadeva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Śukadeva can be transliterated into English as Sukadeva or Shukadeva, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shukadeva in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—Son of Vyāsa (also known as Bādarāyaṇa) from whom he studies the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.21-24)

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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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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

[«previous next»] — Shukadeva in Chandas glossary
Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Śukadeva (शुकदेव) or Śukadeva Paṇḍita is the author of the Vṛttacintāmaṇi, which has six chapters called maricī. Śukadeva had got patronage of King Balavanta Siṃha, at whose instance he composed this text. Śukadeva mentions his patron Balavanta with the prefix as nṛpato śārdūla in the colophon of sixth chapter of the text. He also introduces himself as śrīvidvat-upādhyāyapaṇḍitaśukadeva.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam

Śukadeva (शुकदेव) refers to:—The son of Vyāsa-deva and the original speaker of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, which he spoke to instruct Parīkṣit Mahārāja at the time of Śrī Parīkṣit’s death. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Śukadeva (शुकदेव) is another name for Śuka (son of Vyāsa), as discussed in the first chapter [first book] of the Jñānāmṛtasārasaṃhita: a Pāñcarātra text representing a sectarian glorification of Kṛṣṇa and Rādha (i.e., the cult of Radha-Krishna) dated among the latest of the Saṃhitā-type works.—Description of the chapter [vyāsadevaśukadevasaṃvāde granthapraśaṃsanam]: After an opening eulogy of Kṛṣṇa’s supremacy and immanence (1-11), Nārada describes the hermitage of Vyāsa where his son Śuka came seeking knowledge (12-21). Vyāsa undertakes to impart to his son what his Guru had given to him, thus continuing the family’s traditional concern and devotion for Kṛṣṇa (22-34). Vyāsa tells how in Goloka the Lord Kṛṣṇa once taught Brahmā the secret knowledge and hew Brahmā, in turn, went to Śiva, and he in turn gave it to Nārada, Vyāsa’s own teacher (35-42). [...]

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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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India history and geography

Source: Wisdom Library: Teachers, Saints and Sages

Śukadeva (शुकदेव) or Śukadevanātha refers to one of the eighty-four Siddhas (Siddhācāryas) mentioned in various sources as being representative teachers of Sahajiya Tantrism, Alchemy, Nath Sampradaya and other traditions having influence in the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas.—Many of these Mahāsiddhas [e.g., Śukadeva-nātha] were historical figures whose lives and mystical powers were the subject of legends. They are often associated with teachings belonging to Hinduism, Buddhism, Ajivikism and Jainism and are evident of a caste-less interreligious spiritual society.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shukadeva in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śukadeva (शुकदेव).—m.

(-vaḥ) The son of Vyasa: see śuka, E. śuka, and deva divine.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śukadeva (शुकदेव).—[masculine] [Epithet] of Kṛṣṇa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Śukadeva (शुकदेव) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Jyotiṣasāra.

2) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—Rāmāṣṭaka.

3) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—Vaidyakalpadruma.

4) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—Śukasūktisudhākara.

5) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—Śrutabodhaṭīkā.

6) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—son of Viṭṭhala: Smṛticandrikā.

7) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—father of Bhūdeva Śukla (Rasavilāsa).

8) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—son of Lakṣmaṇa Bhaṭṭa Sūri: Jyotiṣasāra.

9) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—son of Dāmodara, of Mathurā: Vyavahāravṛnda jy.

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

1) Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—[=śuka-deva] [from śuka] m. Name of Kṛṣṇa, [Pañcarātra]

2) [v.s. ...] of a son of Vyāsa, [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Hari-hara, [Catalogue(s)]

4) [v.s. ...] of various authors, [ib.]

5) [v.s. ...] (with paṇḍita-śiromaṇi) of a man, [ib.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śukadeva (शुकदेव):—[śuka-deva] (vaḥ) 1. m. Son of Vyāsa.

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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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