Vaivasvatamanu, aka: Vaivasvata-manu; 1 Definition(s)


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[Vaivasvatamanu in Purana glossaries]

Vaivasvatamanu (वैवस्वतमनु).—The seventh Manu, also known as ‘Śrāddhadeva’.1 Son of Samjñā and Vivasvat sons of whom Ikṣvāku was the eldest;2 in this epoch Purandara was Indra: Kaśyapa, Atri and others were sages: Ādityas and Vasus were gods: Vāmana was the manifestation of Hari;3 a Kṣatriya mantravādin His sacrifice was disturbed by sons of Varūtri who were burnt by Indra in the vedi a Prajāpati: king and daṇḍadhara.4 Saved by the Matsya Hari during the deluge. After anointing his son on the throne, M. performed penance on the Malaya mountain for a lac of years when Brahmā blessed him as protector of the universe after the pralaya. Once in making a water oblation to his manes, a fish fell into his hand which he put into his water vessel. Finding its rapid growth he placed it in a well, tank, Ganges and the sea respectively. From its abnormal growth he suspected it to be an asura or Vāsudeva; on questioning it he found it to be the Lord and was asked to use it (the fish) as the life boat when the whole world went down in the deluge, saving at the same time some lives;5 performed tapas on the Yamunā for one hundred years with a view to get progeny;6 see Satyavrata; celebrated an Aśvamedha in honour of Mitra and Varuṇa; out came Ilā who went to them;7 the Lord of men, and seven worlds with towns;8 divided the Vedas into four for the progress of the world;9 in order to get sons he performed the mitrāvaruṇa ritual; owing to the hota's carelessness a daughter Ilā came out; she became again a male Sudyumna by name; by an imprecation of Śiva he again became a woman near Budha's hermitage. Budha got by her a son by name Purūravas;10 interpretation of śabdabrahma by.11

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 1-9; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 4, 81; III. 59. 22 and 38; 63. 215; IV. 1. 6-28; Vāyu-purāṇa 84. 22; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 6-7.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 38. 1.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 1-9.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 120; 38. 26 and 32; III. 1. 3 and 6; 8. 21; 10. 98; 60. 7; Matsya-purāṇa 145. 115; 248. 15.
  • 5) Ib. 1. 11 to the end; 2. 16; 9. 1; 16. 1; 52. 3.
  • 6) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 15; VIII. 24. 50; IX. 1. 3-12; 2. 1; 6. 4.
  • 7) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 60. 1-10.
  • 8) Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 18.
  • 9) Ib. 60. 8.
  • 10) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 8-12.
  • 11) Ib. VI. 5. 64.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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