Shunahshepha, aka: Śunaḥśepha; 3 Definition(s)


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

Source: Sacred Texts: The Vishnu Purana

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.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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