Shvetaketu, aka: Śvetaketu, Shveta-ketu; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śvetaketu can be transliterated into English as Svetaketu or Shvetaketu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Shvetaketu in Purana glossaries]

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—A Maharṣi. Birth. Śvetaketu was the son of the sage Āruṇi or Uddālaka who was born in the Gautama clan. Śvetaketu had a sister named Sujātā. Aṣṭāvakra was her son by the sage, Kahoṭaka. Thus Śvetaketu was Aṣṭāvakra’s uncle. Śvetaketu and Aṣṭāvakra grew up together in Uddālaka’s āśrama. (See under Aṣṭāvakra). (See full article at Story of Śvetaketu from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

(Source): Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—A Madhyamādhvaryu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 16.

1b) A son of Lāngali, an avatār of the Lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 200.
(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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[Shvetaketu in Sanskrit glossaries]

Śvetaketu (श्वेतकेतु).—

1) a Bauddha or Jaina saint.

2) the descending node.

Derivable forms: śvetaketuḥ (श्वेतकेतुः).

Śvetaketu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śveta and ketu (केतु).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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