Upattavigraha, Upāttavigraha, Upatta-vigraha: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Upattavigraha in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Upāttavigraha (उपात्तविग्रह) refers to “taking up bodies”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.28 (“Description of the fraudulent words of the Brahmacārin”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva (in guise of a Brahmacārin): “So long I have been thinking that some one else has come. Now everything has become clear. You are a person who cannot be killed. O lord, what has been said by you is known. It is not otherwise. If what has been said by you is real, it cannot be called unreal. Sometimes lord Śiva is seen in that guise. But He is the supreme Brahman who, out of his own accord, takes up bodies [i.e., svarāga-upāttavigraha] in his own sports. [...]”.

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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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