Sutasoma; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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Sutasoma (सुतसोम).—The son born to Bhīmasena by his wife Draupadī. The information regarding this Sutasoma, taken from Mahābhārata, is given below:

(i) Sutasoma took birth from a portion of the Viśvadevas. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Verse 127).

(ii) It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 23, Verse 28, that this prince was given the name Sutasoma, because he was born by the blessings of Candra (Moon).

(iii) Sutasoma had a combat with Vikarṇa on the first day of the battle of Bhārata. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 58).

(iv) He rescued Śrutakarmā from the hold of Durmukha in the battle of Bhārata. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 79, Verse 39).

(v) Sutasoma fought with Viviṃśati. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 24).

(vi) Sutasoma fought with Śakuni and was defeated. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 18).

(vii) There was a severe fight between Sutasoma and Aśvatthāmā. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 55, Verse 14).

(viii) Mention is made in Mahābhārata, Sauptika Parva, Chapter 8, Verse 55 that in the battle of Bhārata, Aśvatthāmā entered the camp of the Pāṇḍava army in the night and killed Sutasoma.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Sutasoma (सुतसोम) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VIII.18.25) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sutasoma) 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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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Sutasoma (सुतसोम).—The son of Bhīmasena and Draupadī. He was killed by Aśvatthāmā while awaking from sleep on the last night of the Kurukṣetra war.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Sutasoma (सुतसोम) is the name of a king who offered his life for the sake of king Kalmāṣapāda according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VII).—“There was once a king called Sutasoma, full of energy (vīryavat), observer of the precepts (śīladhara) and always faithful to his given word. One morning he mounted his chariot with his courtesans (gaṇikā) and entered a garden (ārmama) to walk about. When he left the gates of the city, a certain Brahmin who had come to beg said to the king: ‘The king is very powerful and I am a poor man (daridra). May he have pity on me and give me something’”.

Note: The Bodhisattva, called Sutosoma (Sutasoma) in most of the sources, is called P’ou ming (Samantaprabhāsa). Sutosoma belonged to a well-known family of the Kauravas (Jātaka, V, Jātakamālā) and resided at Indapatta (Jātaka V) a city located on the present site of Delhi.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (Abhidharma)

1) The Bodhisatta born as king of Benares. See the Cullasutasoma Jataka.

2) The Bodhisatta, born as king of Indapatta. See the Mahasutasoma Jataka.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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