Upendra, Upendrā: 12 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "Brother Of Indra"

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Upendra (उपेन्द्र, “Indra’s younger brother”):—One of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu through which Nārāyaṇa manifests himself. He is accompanied by a counterpart emanation of Lakṣmī (an aspect of Devī) who goes by the name Kṣamā.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (pancaratra)

Upendra (उपेन्द्र) or Upendrasaṃhitā is the name of a Vaiṣṇava Āgama scripture, classified as a rājasa type of the Muniprokta group of Pāñcarātra Āgamas. The vaiṣṇavāgamas represent one of the three classes of āgamas (traditionally communicated wisdom).—Texts of the Pāñcara Āgamas are divided in to two sects. It is believed that Lord Vāsudeva revealed the first group of texts which are called Divya and the next group is called Muniprokta which are further divided in to three viz. a. Sāttvika. b. Rājasa (eg., Upendra-saṃhitā). c. Tāmasa.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Upendra (उपेन्द्र).—A synonym of Viṣṇu. Mahāviṣṇu once took birth by Aditi the wife of Kaśyapaprajāpati. In that birth Mahāviṣṇu had the name Upendra. He was known as Vāmana too. (Bhāgavata, 10th Skandha).

2) Upendrā (उपेन्द्रा).—A river. (Mahābhārata, Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 9, Stanza 27).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Upendra (उपेन्द्र).—A manifestation of Hari born of Aditi and Kaśyapa. He was known as Vāmana because of his short stature.1 Anointed by gods as the Lord of all worlds. Helped Indra his elder brother in the administration of his kingdoms.2 Knew the yoga power of Hari3 and was invoked by gopas for the protection of the baby Kṛṣṇa.4 Had a son Bṛhatśloka through Kīrti.5 Also known as Urukrama. A son of Diti.6 Kṛṣṇa, crowned by Indra as the Indra of cows, urged by the speech of Gava; perhaps the cows of heaven like the Kāmadhenu; at that time the cattle delighted the earth with milk.7

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 3. 42: V. 24. 24; VI. 6. 39; Vāyu-purāṇa 98. 84; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 21. 59; 73. 84.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 23. 23-25.
  • 3) Ib. II. 7. 45; 5. 30; IV. 2. 18.
  • 4) Ib. X. 6. 22 and 23;
  • 5) Ib. VI. 18. 8.
  • 6) Matsya-purāṇa 146. 20; 244. 26-8.
  • 7) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 12. 12-15.
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upendra (उपेन्द्र).—[upagata indraṃ anujatvāt] Name of Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa as the younger brother of Indra in his 5th or dwarf incarnation; see इन्द्र (indra); उपेन्द्रवज्रादपि दारुणोऽसि (upendravajrādapi dāruṇo'si) Gīt.5; यदुपेन्द्रस्त्वमतीन्द्र एव सः (yadupendrastvamatīndra eva saḥ) Śi.16.7.

Derivable forms: upendraḥ (उपेन्द्रः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Upendra (उपेन्द्र).—name of a nāga king: Mahāvyutpatti 3265; Mahā-Māyūrī 246.15.

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

Upendra (उपेन्द्र).—m.

(-ndraḥ) A name of Vishnu or Krishna. E. upa after, indra Indra: born subsequently to Indra.

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

Upendra (उपेन्द्र).—i. e. upa-indra, m. A name of Viṣṇu, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 1, 6; [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 209, 19.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Upendra (उपेन्द्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Suparṇaciti Vs. Peters. 2, 174.

2) Upendra (उपेन्द्र):—son of Rāma Bhaṭṭa: Suparṇacitidīpikā.

3) Upendra (उपेन्द्र):—Bhaiṣajyarasāmṛtasaṃhitā.

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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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