Vajranabha, Vajranābha, Vajra-nabha: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vajranabha in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ):—Son of Balasthala (son of Pāriyātra). He was said to have been born from the effulgence of the sun-god (arka, a form of Sūrya). He had a son named Sagaṇa. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.12.2-4)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—A warrior of Subrahmaṇya. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Stanza 63).

2) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—A King of the line of Śrī Rāma. The genealogy is the following. Śrī Rāma-Kuśa-Aditi-Niṣadha-Nabhas-Puṇḍarīka-Kṣemadhanvā-Devānīka-Ṛkṣa-Pāriyātra-Bala-Vinda-Vajranābha. Khagaṇa was the son of Vajranābha. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 9).

3) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—An asura. Prabhāvatī whom Pradyumna the son of Śrī Kṛṣṇa married, was the daughter of this asura. (For details see under Prabhāvatī).

4) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—A King who ruled over Mathurā. He was a friend of Parīkṣit. At the request of hermit Śāṇḍilya, Uddhava talked to Vajranābha about the greatness of Bhāgavata.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—A son of Balasthala; was made of a portion of the sun. His son was Khagana.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 12. 2-3.

1b) A son of Ulūka, (Utka, Viṣṇu-purāṇa) and father of Śamkhana.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 205; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 4. 106.

1c) A son of Danu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 19.

1d) A son of Aunka.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 205.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.58) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vajranābha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Vajranabha in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ) is an incarnation of Jīvānanda and previous incarnation of Ṛṣabha, according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, “In the continent Jambūdvīpa, in the East Videhas, in the province Puṣkalāvatī in the vicinity of the ocean, in the city Puṇḍarīkiṇī, they were born in succession as the five sons of King Vajrasena by his wife Dhāriṇī. Among them the soul of the doctor [viz., Jīvānanda] was the first son, named Vajranābha, indicated by fourteen great dreams”.

2) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ) is the name of an ancient Guru, according to chapter 4.2 [vāsupūjya-caritra].—Accordingly:—“One day he [i.e., Padmottara], noble-minded, went to the feet of the guru Vajranābha and took initiation, the messenger of the advent of the Śrī of emancipation. He, wise, acquired the body-making karma of a Tīrthaṅkara by means of some of the pure Sthānakas, devotion to the Arhats, etc. For a long time he kept his vow sharper than the blade of a sword and at death he became a powerful god in the heaven Prāṇata”.

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Vṛṣabhanātha

Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ) is the name of Vṛṣabhanātha’s eleventh incarnation (bhava).—After completing his life as a deva Jīvānanda was born in Puṣkalāvatī to the wife of king Vajrasena, Dharaṇī. At the time of conception the mother saw 14 great dreams. Vajrasena named his son Vajranābha, who went on to become a cakravartī (emperor). His four friends were born as his brothers Bāhu, Subāhu, Pīṭha and Mahāpīṭha and became provincial kings. When his father, Tīrthaṅkara Vajrasena, after attaining omniscience (kevalī), started delivering his religious sermons, the cakravartī Vajranābha (due to his past good merits) too accepted initiation (renounced the world).

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—a. having a hard nave (said of a wheel); see next word.

Vajranābha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and nābha (नाभ).

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Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—the discus of Kṛṣṇa; वज्रनाभं ततश्चक्रं ददौ कृष्णाय पावकः (vajranābhaṃ tataścakraṃ dadau kṛṣṇāya pāvakaḥ) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 1.225.23 (com. vajraṃ varatrāsā nābhau yasya tat | sūtrabaddhaśakunivat punaḥ prayokturhastamāyātītyarthaḥ ||).

Derivable forms: vajranābhaḥ (वज्रनाभः).

Vajranābha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vajra and nābha (नाभ).

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

Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ).—m.

(-bhaḥ) The discus of Krishna.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Vajranābha (वज्रनाभ):—[=vajra-nābha] [from vajra > vaj] mfn. having a hard nave (said of a wheel etc.), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Kṛṣṇa’s discus, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of one of Skanda’s attendants, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] of a Dānava, [Harivaṃśa]

5) [v.s. ...] of several princes (a son of Uktha; of Unnābha; of Sthala), [Kāvya literature; Purāṇa]

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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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