Svayambhuva, Svāyambhuva, Svāyaṃbhuva, Svayam-bhuva: 9 definitions

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Svāyaṃbhuva (स्वायंभुव) or “Manu-Svāyaṃbhuva” refers to the male portion of Brahmā after he split himself into two, according to the Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, “Brahmā was ordered by Śiva to create. After mental creation Brahmā desired to have progeny by sexual union (maithuna prabhava). He divides himself in two—male portion and female portion. The male portion is known as Manu-svāyaṃbhuva and the female portion became Śatarūpā. By penance Śatarūpā got Manu as her husband. As a result two sons—Priyavrata and Uttānapāda and two daughters—Ākūti and Prasūti were born. [...]

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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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Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

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).

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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 .

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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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