Suketu: 9 definitions

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Introduction:

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Suketu (सुकेतु):—Son of Nandivardhana (son of Udāvasu). He had a son named Devarāta. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.13.14)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Suketu (सुकेतु).—A king of the Solar dynasty. It is stated in Bhāgavata, Skandha 9 that this king was the son of Nandivardhana and the father of Devarāta.

2) Suketu (सुकेतु).—A. king of the Pūru dynasty. He became famous under the name Viratha. He was one of the five sons of Bharata. The five sons were Suhotra, Suhotā, Gaya, Garbha and Suketu. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 278).

3) Suketu (सुकेतु).—A king of ancient India. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 185, Verse 9, that this Suketu and his son Sunāmā were present at the Śvayaṃvara marriage of Draupadī.

4) Suketu (सुकेतु).—A son of Śiśupāla He was killed in the battle of Bhārata by Droṇa. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 6, Verse 33).

5) Suketu (सुकेतु).—A mighty king who stood on the side of the Pāṇḍavas and fought against the Kauravas in the Bhārata-battle. This king who was the son of Citraketu, was killed by the arrow of the teacher Kṛpa. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 54, Verse 21).

6) Suketu (सुकेतु).—The father of Tāṭakā. It is stated in Kamba Rāmāyaṇa, Bālakāṇḍa, that this Suketu was the son of the Gandharva King Surakṣaka. (See under Tāṭakā for further details).

Source: Valmiki Ramayana: The legend of deomoness Tāṭakā

Once there was a formidable yaksha named Suketu, but he was childless, and he who had devout conduct performed a great ascesis. Gladdening at his ascesis, Rama, then the Forefather Brahma gave him a gemlike daughter who is renowned by the name of Tataka. Forefather Brahma also gave the strength of a thousand elephants to her, but he that highly remarkable Brahma did not give a son to that yaksha, anticipating male to be more hazardous. When that bright girl is growing up into a youthful beauty her father Suketu gave her to Jambha's son Sunda as wife.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Suketu (सुकेतु).—A son of Nandivardhana of Magadha, and father of Devarāta; a bold and righteous king.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 13. 14; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 64. 7; Vāyu-purāṇa 89. 7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 5. 25. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 64. 7.

1b) A son of Uttama Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 40; Vāyu-purāṇa 62. 35.

1c) A Dānava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 6; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 6.

1d) A Vānara chief.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 243.

1e) A son of Sagara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 147.

1f) A son of Ketumān: father of Dharmaketu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 67. 74.

1g) A son of Sunītha; a righteous monarch; father of Dharmaketu.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 92. 69-70; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 8. 19.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

1) Suketu (सुकेतु) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Suketu).

2) Suketu (सुकेतु) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Suketu).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Suketu (सुकेतु).—(1) name of a Pratyekabuddha: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 111.10; (2) name of a Buddha: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 130.4.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Suketu (सुकेतु).—[adjective] very bright.

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

1) Suketu (सुकेतु):—[=su-ketu] [from su] mf(u)n. very bright, [Ṛg-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a king of the Yakṣas, [Kāvya literature]

3) [v.s. ...] of various kings, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Rāmāyaṇa; Purāṇa]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

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

Suketu (सुकेतु):—

1) adj. sehr hell: Morgenröthe [Ṛgveda 3, 7, 10.] —

2) m. Nomen proprium eines Fürsten [Mahābhārata 1, 6989.] [Harivaṃśa 5502.] Sohnes des Citraketu [Mahābhārata 8, 2630.] des Sagara [Harivaṃśa 790.] des Nandivardhana [Rāmāyaṇa 1, 71, 5. 6 (73, 4. 5 Gorresio).] [Viṣṇupurāṇa 409.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 9, 13, 14.] des Ketumant [Harivaṃśa 1593.] [Viṣṇupurāṇa 409,] [Nalopākhyāna 14.] des Sunītha ebend. Nomen proprium eines Fürsten der Yakṣa und Vaters der Tāḍakā [Rāmāyaṇa 1, 27, 4. fgg. (28, 4. fgg. Gorresio).] [Raghuvaṃśa 11, 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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