Vacaspati, Vācaspati: 12 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Vachaspati.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति).—Bṛhaspati (s.v.) who by means of propitiatory ceremonies to planets, etc., disillusioned Raji's sons and won back the kingdom for Indra;1 worship of.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 24. 44-9.
  • 2) Ib. 73. 7.

1b) The name of Vyāsa of the 21st dvāpara; Dāruka avatār of the Lord.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 194.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vācaspati (वाचस्पति) refers to the “Lord of Speech”, according to the Kulakaulinīmata verse 4.136-140.—Accordingly, “The goddess Nityā is always white and, completely full, resides in the circle of the moon. She is adorned with a rosary of crystal and a book. She is in the middle of a forest of Kadamba trees and enters into one’s own body. The principle (over which she presides) is between the vital breath and is located above (Śiva) the Tranquil One. One should repeat it along with emission at the beginning and end of the Vidyā. One should make it enter with the force of a river carrying along with it all the scriptures. Once placed within the heart, one becomes the Lord of Speech (vācaspati) himself. He knows all that is made of speech and contemplates the principle which is the meaning of all written prose. O great goddess! By reciting it a 100,000 times a man becomes a (great) poet”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vacaspati in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vācaspati (वाचस्पति).—m (S) A name of bṛhaspati, the regent of the planet Jupiter and preceptor of the gods.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vacaspati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vācaspati (वाचस्पति).—[vācaḥ patiḥ ṣaṣṭhaṣaluk]

1) The lord of speech', an epithet of Bṛhaspati, preceptor of the gods; अविज्ञात- प्रबन्धस्य वचो वाचस्पतेरपि । व्रजत्यफलताम् (avijñāta- prabandhasya vaco vācaspaterapi | vrajatyaphalatām) Kirātārjunīya 11.43; also वाचसांपतिः (vācasāṃpatiḥ).

2) The constellation Puṣya.

3) An orator.

4) The Veda; ततो वाचस्पतिर्जज्ञे तं मनः पर्यवेक्षते (tato vācaspatirjajñe taṃ manaḥ paryavekṣate) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 14. 21.9.

5) Name of a lexicographer.

Derivable forms: vācaspatiḥ (वाचस्पतिः).

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

Vācaspati (वाचस्पति).—m.

(-tiḥ) 1. Vrihaspati: see the last. 2. A title of the great scholar Professor Tara-Natha Tarka-Bachaspati, son of the illustrious Pandit Kali-Dasa Sarbabhouma and grandson of the Venerable Pandit Ram-Ram Tarkasid'Dhanta, the commentator of the six different schools of Hindu philosophy: (Vide Mr. Adam'S report on the researches of the Pandits of Bengal.) He was born at Kalna, situated on the bank of the river Bhagirathi, in the District of Burdwan in the year 1806 A. D. and died at the sacred city of Benares in 1885, at the ripe age of eighty, where he retired for abstract meditation and contemplation of the Supreme Spirit. He is the commentator “of Sankhya-Tatwa-Koumudi,” of Bachaspati Mishra, “Sid'Dhanta-Koumudi,” the most authoritative grammar of Panini methodised by Bhattoji-Dikshita, and several Sanskrit dramas; he is also the author of “Shabdartharatna”, a useful work on the philosophy of grammar, “Sid'Dhantabindusara,” &c.; he is also the compiler of “Ashubodh,” the well known Sanskrit grammar, “Dhaturupa,” the easy treatise on the paradigm of Sanskrit conjugations, both meant for beginners, “Vachaspatya,” the first voluminous Sanskrit dictionary with derivations in alphabetical order and “Shabdastoma-Mahanidhi”, the most useful handy Sanskrit dictionary, and other works in almost all the branches of Sanskrit language too numerous to mention, all of which he wrote single-handed. E. vāc speech, in the sixth case, pati master.

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

Vācaspati (वाचस्पति).—[vāc + as-pati], m. Vṛhaspati, preceptor of the gods, [Pañcatantra] pr. [distich] 2.

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

Vācaspati (वाचस्पति).—[masculine] lord of speech, master of language, [Epithet] of [several] gods, [especially] of Bṛhaspati, also a man’s name.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Vidyānivāsa. See Rudra and Viśvanātha, sons of Vidyānivāsa.

Vācaspati has the following synonyms: Nyāyavācaspati.

2) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—guru of Manohara Śarman (Śrutabodhaṭīkā). Oxf. 352^b.

3) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—poet. Quoted by Kṣemendra in Kavikaṇṭhābharaṇa 5, 1. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa] See Śabdārṇavavācaspati.

4) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—grammarian and lexicographer. Quoted by Hemacandra Oxf. 185^b, by Maheśvara Oxf. 188^a, by Keśava Oxf. 189^b, by Rāyamukuṭa, Bhaṭṭoji and Bhānujī. His Kośa is mentioned by Puruṣottamadeva in the Hārāvalī and by Medinīkara, and very frequently quoted by Sundaragaṇi in the Dhāturatnākara.

5) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—i. e. the god Bṛhaspati, mentioned by Vasantarāja 20, 6 as one of the authors on Śākuna.

6) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—Adhyāyapañcapādikā.

7) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—Vardhamānendu q. v.

8) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—Smṛtisaṃgraha and Smṛtisārasaṃgraha.

9) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—son of Pramoda: Ātaṅkadarpaṇa Mādhavanidānaṭīkā.

10) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—father of Śaṅkara (Dvādaśāhapaddhati).

11) Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—Gayāśrāddhapaddhati.

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

Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—[vāca-spati] (tiḥ) 2. m. Idem.

[Sanskrit to German]

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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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vācaspati (वाचस्पति):—(nm) master of speech-Brihaspati : mythologically, the preceptor of gods.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vacaspati in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vācaspati (ವಾಚಸ್ಪತಿ):—

1) [noun] Břhaspati, the preceptor of gods.

2) [noun] a man who speaks fluently and well; an eloquent speaker or learned person; a scholar.

3) [noun] Brahma, the consort of Sarasvati, the Goddes of Speech.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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