Vaikunta: 2 definitions

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Vaikunta 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vaikunta in Purana glossary
Source: Shodhganga: Temples and cult of Sri Rama in Tamilnadu

Vaikunta is short for Vaikuntavinnakaram, which refers to one of the 108 divyadesas according to Priyavaccan Pillai’s compendium of the Ramayana based on the Nalayirativviyappirapantam.—Vaikunta-vinnakaram is the venue of the Lord Vaikunthamurti who is supposed to be present in Vaikuntha. The Vaikuntha Perumal Temple at Kanchi is known as Parameccura-Vinnakaaram (infra). By immortal tradition, the Lord in the Vaikuntha is either seated or reclining.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Vishnu's abode is Vaikunta, whose entrance is guarded by the two Gandharvas Jaya and Vijaya. Here, Vishnu is sleeping on the body of an enormous thousand-headed serpent called Adisesha. The serpent is floating in a sea of milk. Vishnu's wife Laxmi is by his side, pressing his feet and lulling him to sleep.

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