Shvaitreya, Śvaitreya: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Śvaitreya can be transliterated into English as Svaitreya or Shvaitreya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śvaitreya (श्वैत्रेय).—Son of Śvitrā. There is a story in Ṛgveda, 1st Maṇḍala, 7th Anuvāka, 33rd Sūkta that Śvaitreya once hid himself under water for fear of enemies.

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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: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Śvaitreya (श्वैत्रेय) (son of Śvitrī) and identified with Daśadyu, according to Ludwig.—Śvaitreya occurs in two passages of the Ṛgveda, where Sāyaṇa sees in the word the name of a man, a “descendant of Śvitrā” The first passage is almost identical with one in the sixth Maṇḍala of the Ṛgveda, where, however, Daśadyu appears alone without Śvaitreya. Ludwig identifies Daśadyu with Śvaitreya (‘son of Śvitrī’), and considers him a son of Kutsa. Bergaigne and Baunack think he is really Bhuyu. Geldner considers that he was a bull used for fighting, the son of a Śvitrā cow, but this is very doubtful, though the term śvaitreya is elsewhere applied to a bull. Śvitrya seems to have the same sense as Śvaitreya.

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