Trinavarta, Tṛṇāvarta, Trina-avarta: 5 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Tṛṇāvarta can be transliterated into English as Trnavarta or Trinavarta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Tṛṇāvarta (तृणावर्त).—A whirlwind-shaped demon who was sent by Kaṃsa to kill Kṛṣṇa, but whom Kṛṣṇa killed instead.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Tṛṇāvarta (तृणावर्त).—A demon who was the son of Tārakāsura. This demon was living serving Kaṃsa. Kaṃsa once sent Tṛṇāvarta to kill Kṛṣṇa growing up in Ambāḍi. Tṛṇāvarta, in magic disguise went to the house of Nandagopa. Even when he entered the place bad omens were visible. Yaśodā was breast-feeding baby Kṛṣṇa keeping the babe in her lap. Soon Yaśodā felt the babe gaining weight and very soon she felt the weight unbearable and rose up to place the child on a mat on the ground. But even before that Yaśodā was fixed to the ground by the weight of the babe. But somehow she placed the babe on a mat on the ground and went out to wash her hands and face. When she came back she could not find the babe on the mat. Tṛṇāvarta had come in the form of whirl-wind and had already carried away the child. But after some time the weight of the babe increased so much that Tṛṇāvarta, unable to carry the weight, wanted to drop the child to the ground. But the child stuck on to his neck and breast tightly and Tṛṇāvarta finding no escape from the tight hold which suffocated him, fell to the ground dead on a hard rock. (10th Skandha, Bhāgavata).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Tṛṇāvarta (तृणावर्त).—An Asura friend of Kaṃsa; created a whirlwind which covered all Gokulam with dust and took the baby Kṛṣṇa high in the sky. Kṛṣṇa caught hold of his neck and the demon, unable to bear his weight, fell down dead to the wonder of all Gopas and Gopīs.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 2. 1; 7. 20-32; 26. 6; 46. 26; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 29. 124.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tṛṇāvarta (तृणावर्त).—a whirlwind.

Derivable forms: tṛṇāvartaḥ (तृणावर्तः).

Tṛṇāvarta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tṛṇa and āvarta (आवर्त).

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

Tṛṇāvarta (तृणावर्त):—[from tṛṇa] m. Name of a Daitya, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa x; Brahma-purāṇa iv, 11.]

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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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