Svayambhuva, aka: Svāyambhuva, Svāyaṃbhuva, Svayam-bhuva; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1a) Svāyambhuva (स्वायम्भुव).—A name of Nārada.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 6. 3.

1b) (see Manu)1 the Devas are Yāmas, the sages are Marīci and six others besides his ten sons; all engaged in Pratisarga and attained the final bliss;2 Pṛthu milked the cow-earth with the help of Svāyambhuva Manu in his hand; to his family belonged a Prajāpati Aṅga;3 came out of the first face and of white colour;4 married Śatarūpā.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 53-4; Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 119; 109. 5.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 9. 3-6.
  • 3) Ib. 10. 3, 15.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 26. 32; 61. 119; 109. 5.
  • 5) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 36; Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 11-12.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Svāyambhuva (स्वायम्भुव) or Svāyambhuvāgama refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The Śaivāgamas are divided into four groups viz. Śaiva, Pāśupata, Soma and Lākula. Śaiva is further divided in to Dakṣiṇa, Vāma and Siddhānta (eg., svāyambhuva).

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Svāyaṃbhuva (स्वायंभुव).—a. (- f.)

1) Relating to Brahman; तुरासाहं पुरोधाय धाम स्वायंभुवं ययुः (turāsāhaṃ purodhāya dhāma svāyaṃbhuvaṃ yayuḥ) Ku.2.1.

2) Descended from Brahman; स्वायंभुवान्मरीचेर्यः प्रवभूव प्रजापतिः (svāyaṃbhuvānmarīceryaḥ pravabhūva prajāpatiḥ) Ś.7.9.

-vaḥ An epithet of the first Manu (as he was a son of Brahman).

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Svayambhuva (स्वयम्भुव).—

1) the first Manu.

2) Name of Brahman.

3) of Śiva.

Derivable forms: svayambhuvaḥ (स्वयम्भुवः).

Svayambhuva is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms svayam and bhuva (भुव).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Svayambhuva (स्वयम्भुव).—m.

(-vaḥ) 1. The first Manu. 2. Brahma. 3. Siva. E. svayam self, bhū to be or exist, aff. ka; or svayambha Brahma, and aṇ pleonasm or patronymic aff.

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Svāyambhuva (स्वायम्भुव).—mfn.

(-vaḥ-vī-vaṃ) 1. Relating to Swayambhu. 2. Derived from the self-born. m.

(-vaḥ) An epithet of the first Manu, the son of Swayambhu. E. svayambhū, and aṇ aff.; also svāyambhū .

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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