Shvetashvatara, Śvetāśvatara: 5 definitions



Shvetashvatara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Śvetāśvatara can be transliterated into English as Svetasvatara or Shvetashvatara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Shvetashvatara in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śvetāśvatara (श्वेताश्वतर).—He was the author of the famous Upaniṣad known as "Śvetāśvatara. Many spiritual and philosophical topics are discussed in this work divided into six chapters.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Śvetāśvatara (श्वेताश्वतर) is the name an ancient sage, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, “[...] On the bank of the Ganges king Suśīla saw a great sage, Śvetāśvatara by name who was a great Pāśupata, free from passions and wearing Kaupina (tattered garment). He besmeared ashes (bhasma) all over his body and had the tripuṇḍra mark on his forehead. The king with folded hands prayed the ascetic to accept him as a disciple and the latter admitted him into the Pāśupata order and taught him Pāśupata Yoga. [...]”

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Shvetashvatara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Śvetāśvatara (श्वेताश्वतर).—[masculine] [Name] of a teacher, [plural] his school.

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

1) Śvetāśvatara (श्वेताश्वतर):—[from śveta > śvit] m. ‘having white mules’, Name of a teacher, [Śvetāśvatara-upaniṣad]

2) [v.s. ...] [plural]his school, [Taittirīya-āraṇyaka [Scholiast or Commentator]]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Śvetāśvatara (श्वेताश्वतर):—(śveta + a) adj. weisse Maulthiere habend; m. Nomen proprium eines Lehrers [ŚVETĀŚV. Upakośā 6, 21.] śākhā [Oxforder Handschriften 271], a, 6. śākhinaḥ [222], a, [7. v. u.] śvetāśvataropaniṣad (herausgegeben in der Bibl. ind.) [?271,a,6. SARVADARŚANAS. 152,2. pl.] Name einer Schule [Weber’s Indische Studien 3, 257. fg.] Bez. der Upaniṣad [Mahīdhara] zu [Vājasaneyisaṃhitā 5, 14.]

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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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