Vaivasvata Manu: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vaivasvata Manu in Purana glossary
Source: Astrojyoti: Brahma Purana

Vaivasvata Manu had no children and he arranged for a sacrifice so that he might have a son. Nine sons were born as a result of this sacrifice. Their names were

  1. Ikshvaku,
  2. Nabhaga,
  3. Dhrishta,
  4. Sharyati,
  5. Narishyanta,
  6. Pramshu,
  7. Rishta,
  8. Karusha
  9. and Prishadhra.

Manu also made an offering to the two gods Mitra and Varuna. As a result of this offering, a daughter named Ila was born. Thanks to a boon conferred on her by Mitra and Varuna, Ila became a man named Sudyumna.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Vaivasvata Manu in Hinduism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Vaivasvata Manu (or, Śrāddhadeva Manu) was the son of Vivasvān (son of Kaśyapa and Aditi) and was born by the womb of Saṃjñā.

Śrāddhadeva begot ten sons togehther with his wife Śraddhā:

  1. Ikṣvāku,
  2. Nabhaga,
  3. Dhṛṣṭa,
  4. Śaryāti,
  5. Nariṣyanta,
  6. and Kavi (sometimes replaced with Nābhāga).
  7. Diṣṭa,
  8. Karūṣa (or Karūṣaka or Tarūṣa),
  9. Pṛṣadhra,
  10. Nṛga (sometimes replaced with Vasumān),

Ikṣvāku was the eldest. They also had a daughter called Ilā whom later was transformed into a woman called Sudyumna. In order for Vaivasvata Manu to beget these sons, Vasiṣṭha performed a sacrifice satisfy the demigods Mitra and Varuṇa

(see Bhāgavata-purāṇa 9.1.11-42)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Hindu mythology, Sraddhadeva Manu (or, Vaivasvata Manu) is the current Manu and the progenitor of the current humanity (manvantara). He is the seventh of the 14 Manus of the current kalpa (aeon).

Sraddhadeva was the king of Dravida (in present-day South India) during the epoch of the Matsya Purana. According to the Matsya Purana, the Matsya Avatar of Vishnu first appeared as a shaphari (a small carp), to Sraddhadeva, while he washed his hands in a river flowing down the Malaya Mountains in his land of Dravida.

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