Turvasu: 13 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Turvasu (तुर्वसु):—One of the sons of Yayāti (one of the six sons of Nahuṣa) and Devayānī (daughter of Śukrācārya). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.18.33)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Turvasu (तुर्वसु).—A son born to Yayāti of his wife Devayānī. Yayāti had two wives Śarmiṣṭhā and Devayānī. Of Śarmiṣṭhā, Yayātī had three sons named Druhyu, Anudruhyu and Pūru and of Devayānī, two sons named Yadu and Turvasu.

Once Yayāti called all his five sons to his side and asked them if any one of them would be willing to exchange his youth with his father’s old age. All the four refused but Pūru agreed to accede to his father’s request. Yayāti then cursed Turvasu and all the other three. (See under Yayāti).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Turvasu (तुर्वसु).—A son of Yayāti and Devayānī; refused to part with his youth to his father; he was therefore cursed to have no issue and to live a king among the wicked and low tribes and Mlecchas; became overlord of the Mlecchas in the western part of the kingdom. His son was Vahni.1 His line became merged with the Paurava line, during the time of Marutta.2 Equal to Viṣṇu; father of Garbha; Yavanas take their origin from him,3 got the south-east of the kingdom, when his father retired to the forest.4

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 18. 33 and 41; 19. 22; 23. 16; Matsya-purāṇa 24. 53; Vāyu-purāṇa 93. 16.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 68. 16, 40, 50; 73. 126; 74. 1 and 4; Matsya-purāṇa 33. 9-11; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 1-4.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 32. 9; 34. 30; 48. 1.
  • 4) Vāyu-purāṇa 93. 39-44, 89.

1b) A son of Devayānī and Yadu?*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 1. 132; Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 141.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Turvasu (तुर्वसु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.70.32) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Turvasu) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Turvasu (तुर्वसु) refers to one of the two sons of Devayānī (the daughter of Śukra) and Yayāti: one of the sons of Virajā and Nahuṣa, according to the Vaṃśānucarita section of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] Nahuṣa married Virajā (the daughter of Pitṛ) and was blessed with five sons of whom Yayāti was the most famous. Yayāti had two wives—Devayānī and Śarmiṣṭhā. Devayānī gave birth to Yadu and Turvasu.

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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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India history and geography

Source: academia.edu: The Chronology of Ancient Gandhara and Bactria

Probably, Greek “Xuthus” was identical with Indian “Turvasu”. According to Puranic sources, Yavanas were the cursed sons of King Turvasu, the son of Chandravamsi King Yayati. Turvasu had many sons. It appears that some of the sons of Turvasu had already migrated to Western Anatolia and Greece in Pre-Ramayana era and came to be known as Aeolians, Achaeans and Dorians.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Turvasu (तुर्वसु) or Turvvasu.—m.

(-suḥ) One of the sons of Yayati, king of the south and eastern portion of India, reigning over the Mlechcha tribes.

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

Turvasu (तुर्वसु).—m. A proper name, Mahābhārata 1, 3159.

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

Turvasu (तुर्वसु).—[masculine] [Name] of a son of Yayāti.

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

Turvasu (तुर्वसु):—[from turva > turv] m. (later form of śa) Name of a son of Yayāti by Devayānī and brother of Yadu, [Mahābhārata i; Harivaṃśa 1604 and 1617; Bhāgavata-purāṇa etc.]

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

Turvasu (तुर्वसु):—(suḥ) 2. m. A son of Yayāti.

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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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