Suvarcas: 7 definitions

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Suvarcas 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Suvarchas.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्) (lit. “one who is full of vigour”) is a synonym (another name) for Garuḍa, according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—One of the hundred sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. He was killed by Bhīma in the great war. (Karṇa Parva Chapter 84, Verse 5).

2) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—Son of Suketu. Both the father and the son attended the wedding of Draupadī. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 185, Verse 9).

3) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—A son of Tapa, the Pāñcajanyāgni. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 185, Verse 9).

4) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—A very truthful Sage who lived in ancient India. Dyumatsena father of Satyavān lived in the āśrama of this sage. He consoled Dyumatsena when Satyavān and Sāvitrī who had gone out to collect firewood were very late to return. (Vana Parva, Chapter 298, Verse 10).

5) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—A son of Garuḍa. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 101, Verse 2).

6) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—A soldier who fought on the Kaurava side and got killed by Abhimanyu in the great war. (Droṇa Parva, Chapter 48, Verse 15).

7) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—One of the two attendants given to Subrahmaṇya by Himavān, the other one being Ativarcas. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Verse 46).

8) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—A son of the king Khanīnetra. He is known as Karandhama as well. (See under Karandhama).

9) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—Wife of sage Dadhīci. At the request of Indra, the maharṣi sacrificed himself so that the former might use his bones. Suvarcas who hated the Devas especially Indra as the cause of her husband’s death cursed Indra that he and his dynasty be ruined. She decided to end her life in the pyre of her husband when the following celestial voice was heard: "You are pregnant." Then she opened her stomach with a sharp stone, took out the foetus and placed it near a Banyan tree and ended her life in her husband’s pyre. (Padma Purāṇa, Uttara Khaṇḍa, 135; Śivaśataka, 24-25). The child born from the foetus is the famcus Pippalāda. (See under Pirpalāda).

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्) [=Suvarcasa?] refers to “one who is radiant with energy”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “[...] Once the Self, both manifest and unmanifest, has been aroused by that, this Śāmbhava (state) of subtle being is confined by it. [...] In order to flood it (completely), the three have been intensified with 4) Emission. The Sun has risen there. He is the lord of the letters. The Lord of the Universe is in the form of a (dimensionless) Point beyond action, time, and the qualities (of Nature). He, radiant with energy [i.e., suvarcas], shines intensely and emanates the letters. This fourfold energy (catuṣkala) of the quaternary beginning with the Transmental has arisen (thus). It is disturbed by (this) Krama Yoga and is the pure Śāmbhava body which has sixteen divisions (formed) by (each) group of four individually”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्, “beautiful vigour”):—One of the six sons of Garuḍa (vehicle of Viṣṇu) and his wife Unnati, according to the Purāṇas. Garuḍa represents the mantras of the Vedas which carry the Lord of Sacrifices.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्).—[adjective] full of splendour or vigour, fiery, glorious, strong, a man’s name.

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

1) Suvarcas (सुवर्चस्):—[=su-varcas] [from su > su-yaj] mfn. full of life or vigour, fiery, splendid, glorious, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a son of Garuḍa, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] of one of Skanda’s attendants, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a son of Dhṛta-rāṣṭra, [ib.]

5) [v.s. ...] of a son of the tenth Manu, [Harivaṃśa]

6) [v.s. ...] of a son of Khanī-netra, [Mahābhārata]

7) [v.s. ...] of a Brāhman, [ib.]

8) [v.s. ...] of a brother of Bhūti, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

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Suvarcas in German

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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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