Shunahshepha, Śunaḥśepha: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śunaḥśepha can be transliterated into English as Sunahsepha or Shunahshepha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Sacred Texts: The Vishnu Purana

The son of Visvāmitra was Śunahśepha, the descendant of Bhrigu, given by the gods, and thence named Devarāta. (see Legend of Paraśurāma)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Śunaḥśepha (शुनःशेफ).—The second son of Ajigarta (Satyavati and Ṛcīka) purchased by Rohita and used by Hariścandra as a sacrificial animal in the place of his son. Adopted as son by Viśvāmitra. When his first fifty sons refused to recognise him as their brother, they were cursed to be Mlecchas. The younger fifty agreed to regard him as their brother and were blessed. He is Śuna to Bhṛgu family and Devarāta to the Gādhi line. His advent with the Kauśika family distinguished it from the Viśvāmitras; compared to Prahlāda.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 7. 21; 16. 30-37; VII. 5. 46; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 66 and 74; Vāyu-purāṇa 91. 92-6.

1b) The second son of Jamadagni.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 64.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Śunaḥśepha (शुनःशेफ):—He was bought by Rohita (son of Hariścandra) as a second son for his father, to be used in a sacrifice. He was the son of Ajīgarta, was born in the Bhṛgu dynasty and was also known as Devarāta. (see Bhāgavata-purāṇa 9.7.20-23, 9.16.30)

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śunaḥśepha (शुनःशेफ).—Name of a Vedic sage, son of Ajīgarta. [In the Aitareya Brāhmaṇa it is related that king Hariśchandra, being childless, made a vow that on obtaining a son he would sacrifice him to the god Varuṇa. A son was born who was named Rohita, but the king put off the fulfilment of the vow under various pretexts. At last Rohita purchased for one hundred cows Śunahśepa, the middle son of Ajīgarta as a substitute for himself to be offered to Varuṇa. But the boy praised Viṣṇu, Indra, and other deities, and escaped death. He was then adopted by Viṣvāmitra in his own family and called by the name Devarāta.]

Derivable forms: śunaḥśephaḥ (शुनःशेफः).

See also (synonyms): śunaḥśepa.

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

Śunaḥśepha (शुनःशेफ):—[=śunaḥ-śepha] [from śunaḥ > śuna] m. later and less correct form of śunaḥ-śepa.

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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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