Ushanku, aka: Uśaṅku; 1 Definition(s)
Ushanku means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
The Sanskrit term Uśaṅku can be transliterated into English as Usanku or Ushanku, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Uśaṅku (उशङ्कु).—(RUŚAṄKU). A hermit. Seeing that old age was coming on him this hermit forsook his body in the Pṛthūdaka tīrtha and went to the realm of Viṣṇu. Ārṣṭiṣeṇa, Viśvāmitra, Sindhudvīpa, Devāpi and such others got Brāhmaṇya (the state of being Brahmin) by doing penance in the hermitage of this hermit. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 38, Stanzas 33-39).(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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