Sumitra, aka: Su-mitra, Sumitrā; 13 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Sumitra (सुमित्र):—Son of Suratha (son of Raṇaka). He will be born in the future and become a king. He will end the dynasty of Bṛhadbala. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.12.15)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A Yādava King, son of Vṛṣṇi and brother of Yudhājit. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 10).

2) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A King in ancient India. (Ādi Parva, Chapter, 1, Verse 236).

3) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A Sauvīra King, also called Dattāmitra. He was Krodhavaśa, the asura reborn as King. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Verse 63). He was a partisan of the Pāṇḍavas and a member in Yudhiṣṭhira’s court. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 25).

4) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A maharṣi who was a star-member in Yudhiṣṭhira’s court. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 10).

5) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A King of Kalindanagara. He had a son called Sukumāra. Bhīma in the course of his triumphal tour of the east defeated both the King and his son. (Sabhā Parva, Chapter 29, Verse 10).

6) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—Son of Tapa, the Pāñcajanyāgni, one of the Agnis who causes hindrances to yajñas. (Vana Parva, Chapter 220, Verse 12).

7) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A charioteer of Abhimanyu. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 35, Verse 31).

8) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A King of the Hehaya dynasty. He once went hunting and followed a deer for a long distance to no purpose. The sad King then entered a tapovana and conversed with the munis about the desires and attachments of man. Then the muni called Ṛṣabha related to the King the stories of the munis, Vīradyumna and Tanu and as a result of Ṛṣabha’s advice the King renounced all desires and turned to the path of salvation. (Śānti Parva, Chapters 125, 126 and 127).

9) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—Son of King Suratha. Considered to be the last King of the Ikṣvāku dynasty, Sumitra was a contemporary of Kṣemaka of the Pūru dynasty and Nanda of Magadha dynasty. Alexander conquered India during his period. Sumitra is called Sumālya also. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 9).

10) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—Son of Śrī Kṛṣṇa by Jāmbavatī. In the Yādava war he met with death. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 10).

11) Sumitrā (सुमित्रा).—Consort of King Daśaratha. (See under Daśaratha).

12) Sumitrā (सुमित्रा).—A wife of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (Mahābhārata Southern Text, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 38).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Sumitra (सुमित्र).—A son of Suratha: the last of Bārhadbalas and of Ikṣvākus of the Kaliyuga.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 12. 15-16; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 106; 244; Matsya-purāṇa 271. 14. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 290; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 22. 10-13.

1b) A son of Vṛṣṇi and Gāndhārī, had a son, Anamitra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 12; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 19; Matsya-purāṇa 45. 1; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 13. 8, 9.

1c) A son of Śamīka and Sudāminī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 44.

1d) A son of Kṛṣṇa and Jāmbavatī: fought with Suratha at Prabhāsa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 61. 11; XI. 30. 16.

1e) A son of Uttama Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 40.

1f) A sage who waited among others on Paraśūrāma for the reclamation of Gokarṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 51. 7.

1g) A son of Antarikṣa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 271. 9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Sumitra (सुमित्र) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.52.17, I.57, I.61.58) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sumitra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Another attendant of Subrahmaṇya is called Sumitra. His story is given thus in the Kumāra-tantra. There once lived a good brāhmaṇa named svarṇākṣa in Kāśi; he had a son named Sumitra who had been worshipping Skanda in due form during his three consecutive births. Subrahmaṇya was pleased with his devotion to himself (Subrahmaṇya) and gave him the name Sumitra (a good friend) and made him the head of the gaṇas and gave him a place near him. Then follows a description of the image of Sumitra; Sumitra should be sculptured according to the uttama-navatāla measure, with two eyes, two arms and a red complexion. He should have a fine looking face and should be youthful possessing side-tusks. The head should be covered with a karaṇḍa-makuṭa hiding his tuft of hair or a jaṭā-makuṭa. The right hand should carry the śakti and the left hand should be kept on the hip (kaṭyavalambita). Or, the hands may be kept in the añjali pose on the chest. He may be sculptured either as seated or as standing on a padmāsana.

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

The last king in the dynasty of Ikṣvāku will be Sumitra; after Sumitra there will be no more sons in the dynasty of the sun-god, and thus the dynasty will end.

Source: VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.12.16
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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Sumitrā (सुमित्रा) is the name of a Yakṣiṇī, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 108. Accordingly, as Sumitrā said to Nāgasvāmin: “... I am a Yakṣiṇī named Sumitrā, and I am thus here owing to a curse. And in order that my curse may come to an end I have been directed to marry a mortal: so marry me, as you have unexpectedly arrived here; fear not...”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Sumitrā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Sumitra is the youngest wife of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. She is the mother of the twins Laxmana and Shatrughna. When the King obtained son-giving nectar by performing the Ashwamedha sacrifice, he gave equal shares to his first two wives, Kausalya and Kaikeyi. They gave half each of their own portion to Sumitra, and that is why she begat twins.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Sumitra (सुमित्र): Abhimanyu's charioteer.

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Sumitrā (सुमित्रा): One of Dasharatha's three wives; mother of Lakshamana and Shatrughna.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Sumitra (सुमित्र) is the mother of Munisuvratanātha, the twentieth of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The wife of Sumitra is Padmā or Padmāvatī. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sumitrā (सुमित्रा).—

1) Name of one of the wives of Daśāratha and mother of Lakṣmaṇa and Śatrughna.

Sumitrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and mitrā (मित्रा).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sumitra (सुमित्र).—m.

(-traḥ) The father of the twentieth Jina of the present era. f.

(-trā) One of the wives of Dasarat'Ha, and the mother of Laksh- Mana. E. su good, and mitra a friend.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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