Svapitri, Svapitṛ, Sva-pitri: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Svapitṛ can be transliterated into English as Svapitr or Svapitri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Svapitri in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Svapitṛ (स्वपितृ) refers to “one’s own father”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.16 (“Brahmā consoles the gods”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā said to the Gods: “[...] That daughter [i.e., Pārvatī] of the lord of the mountains is now in her prime of youth. She is serving Śiva in his penance on the Himalayas. As a result of the tenacious pleadings of her father [i.e., svapitṛ], she is serving Him in meditation. She is the most beautiful lady in the three worlds. She stands in front of Him and worships Him. Still lord Śiva who is engrossed in His meditation is not distracted by her presence. [...]”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Svapitṛ (स्वपितृ).—m. pl. one’s ancestors.

— Cf. [Latin] pater, [Gothic.] fadar; A. S. faeder.

Svapitṛ is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sva and pitṛ (पितृ).

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

1) Svapitṛ (स्वपितृ):—[=sva-pitṛ] [from sva] a m. (for svapitṛ See p. 1280, col. 1) o°’s own father, [Prabodha-candrodaya; Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] [plural] o°’s own deceased ancestors, [Mahābhārata]

3) [from svap] b mfn. (for sva-pitṛ See p. 1276, col. 1) asleep, a sleeper, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

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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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