Suvira, aka: Suvīra, Suvīrā; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Suvīra (सुवीर):—Son of Kṣemya (son of Udgrāyudha). He had a son called Ripuñjaya. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.21.28-29)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Suvīra (सुवीर).—A King of the Bhārata dynasty, son of Kṣemya and father of Ripuñjaya. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 9).

2) Suvīra (सुवीर).—A King born from an aspect of the asura called Krodhavaśa. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 74, Verse 14).

3) Suvīra (सुवीर).—Son of King Dyutimān, Suvīra was a famous ruler equal in prowess to Indra. (Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 2, Verse 13).

4) Suvīra (सुवीर).—A Kṣatriya dynasty. The wicked King, Ajabindu was born in this dynasty. (Udyoga Parva, Chapter 74, Verse 14).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Suvīra (सुवीर).—A son of Kṣemya (Kṣema, Vāyu-purāṇa) and father. of Ripuñjaya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 21. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 193.

1b) A son of Śibi, after whom came the Suvīra country.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 23; Matsya-purāṇa 48. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 23-4; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 18. 10.

1c) A son of Devaśravas and Kaṃsavatī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 41.

1d) A son of Devajanī, and an Yakṣa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 130.

1e) A mountain to the east of Aruṇoda.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 18.

1f) A son of Maṇivara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 161.

1g) Their king was Śaibya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 52. 11 [12].
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Suvīra (सुवीर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.55) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Suvīra) 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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Suvira. A Deva. Once, when the Asuras marched against the Devas, Sakka sent for Suvira and asked him to fight the Asuras. Suvira agreed to do this, but was very lazy about it. This happened three times. Sakka admonished him after the third time on the evils of laziness.

The Buddha related the story to the monks to show them the value of exertion and energy. S.i.216f.

2. Suvira Sutta. The story of Suvira (q.v.).

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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Suvīrā (सुवीरा) is the goddess presiding over one of the six petals of the southern lotus of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala, according to the Vārāhyabhyudayatantra. These six petals are presided over by a kuleśvarī (presiding lady) named Pāṇḍaravāsinī. The central deity of the vārāhyabhyudaya-maṇḍala is the twelve-armed Vajravarāhī.

Suvīrā is associated with the sacred site (pīṭha) named Nagara. All the goddess of the southern lotus petals are to be visualised as dancing naked and being half-male / half-female (ardhanarīśvarī) with their two sides being yellow and red. In their four arms they brandish a bowl and staff, with a ḍamaru and their familial attribute.

The Vārāhyabhyudayatantra is an explanatory tantra on the Laghuśaṃvara, but its verses are largerly extracted from the 10th century Abhidhānottaratantra, a scriputre describing various sādhanas (path towards spiritual realization).

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Suvīrā (सुवीरा) is the name of a Ḍākinī (‘sacred girl’) presiding over Nagara: one of the four Śmaśāna (‘sacred spot’) present within the Kāyacakra (‘circle of body’) , according to the 9th-centruy Vajraḍākatantra. The Kāyacakra is one of three Cakras within the Tricakra system which embodies twenty-four sacred spots or districts resided over by twenty-four Ḍākinīs (viz., Suvīrā) whose husbands abide in one’s body in the form of twenty-four ingredients (dhātu) of one’s body.

Suvīrā has for her husband the hero (vīra) named Mārāri. She is the presiding deity of Nagara and the associated internal location are the ‘toes’ and the bodily ingredient (dhātu) is the ‘fat’.

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)
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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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