Upamanyu; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Upamanyu (उपमन्यु).—A dutiful disciple of the teacher Ayodhadhaumya. This teacher had three disciples of prominence. They were Āruṇi, Upamanyu and Veda. To know how Upamanyu was put to test by the teacher see under Ayodhadhaumya.

2) Upamanyu (उपमन्यु).—In the Kṛtayuga, there lived a hermit named Vyāghrapāda who had two sons. They were called Upamanyu and Dhaumya. Some learned men are of opinion that Upamanyu the son of Vyāghrapāda and Upamanyu the disciple of Ayodhadhaumya, were one and the same. Once Upamanyu visited another hermitage along with his father. He happened to drink the milk of the cow there. After that they returned to their own hermitage, Upamanyu went to his mother and asked her to make milk pudding for him. But the mother felt very sorry because there was no milk. At last she mixed flour in water and made pudding and gave it to him. Upamanyu did not accept it. His mother told him that there was no way to get milk and that men could get wealth, crops etc. only by the grace of Śiva.

2) Upamanyu who was of a wilful nature did penance with meditation and contemplation on Śiva. Finally Śiva appeared before him in the shape of Indra and told him to ask for his boon. Upamanyu boldly replied that he wanted no boon from anybody else except Śiva. Śiva made his appearance in his own form and made Upamanyu a deva (God).

2) Upamanyu said all these things when he talked with Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 14).

2) In the Book "Our hermits," written by Rāmasvāmi Śāstrī in Tamil, it is mentioned that Upamanyu had written a book "Śiva bhaktavilāsa" in which biographies of devotees of Śiva of great attainments are given.

3) Upamanyu (उपमन्यु).—In the Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa we come across another Upamanyu as the son of a hermit named Sutapas. Upamanyu reached the hermitage of Kaśyapa, with the idea of marrying Sumati, the daughter of Kaśyapa and the elder sister of Garuḍa. Nobody liked the idea of giving Sumati in marriage to that old man. The hermit got angry at this and cursed Kaśyapa that if he gave his daughter in marriage to any Brāhmaṇa his head would break into a hundred pieces. (Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, Chapter 18).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Upamanyu (उपमन्यु).—A Śrutarṣi and a madhyamādhvaryu; son of Vasu; after him came the group of Aupamanyus.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 3 & 15; III. 8. 98; Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 89.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

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1) Upamanyu (उपमन्यु).—The famous commentator on the grammatical verses attributed to Nandikeśvara which are known by the name नन्दिकेश्वरकारिका (nandikeśvarakārikā) and which form a kind of a commentary on the sūtras of Maheśvara;

2) Upamanyu.—A comparatively modern grammarian possibly belonging to the nineteenth century who is also named Upamanyu and who has written a commentory on the famous Kāśikāvṛtti by Jayāditya and Vāmana. Some believe that Upamanyu was an ancient sage who wrote a nirukta or etymological work and whose pupil came to be known as औपमन्यव (aupamanyava).

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Upamanyu is the son of Vyāghrapāda (previously known as Madyanthinar), whose story is associated with the sthala-purāṇa of the Thillai Nataraja Temple in Cidambaram (Chidambaram) which is one of the Pañcasabhā or “five halls where Śiva is said to have danced”.—According to legends, the origin of the sthala is described thus: [...] Later, Vyāghrapāda (Madyanthinar) married the sister of Sage Vasiṣṭha according to his father’s desire and they lived happily, worshipping the Tirumūlanāda (Śiva in liṅga form). In course of time, a male child was born to Vyāghrapāda and the child was named Upamanyu. The child was brought up in sage Vasiṣṭha’s place. He was nourished with Kāmadhenu’s milk. When they came back from the sage’s place to Vyāghrapuram, the lord created the sea of milk for Vyāghrapāda, as the child cried for milk. This made the child happy. The child grew and became well versed in the four Vedas and the six Śāstras.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Upamanyu (उपमन्यु).—a. Ved.

1) Understanding, intelligent.

2) Zealous, striving after.

3) (m.) Name of the pupil of Āyoda-dhaumya, who aided Śiva in the propagation of his doctrine and received the ocean of milk from him.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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