Vajravega: 7 definitions


Vajravega means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vajravega in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vajravega (वज्रवेग).—A giant who was the brother of Khara, Dūṣaṇa and Tri{??}iras. In the battle between Rāma and Rāvaṇa Vajravega stood as the attendant of Kumbhakarṇa and fought with Śrī Rāma and was killed by Hanūmān. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 287).

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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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Kavya (poetry)

[«previous next»] — Vajravega in Kavya glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Vajravega (वज्रवेग) is the son of Vidyādhara king Padmaveśa from Vaidūryaśṛṅga, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 65. Accordingly, “... and to him [Padmaveśa] a son was born named Vajravega. That Vajravega, while he dwelt in the world of the Vidyādharas, being a vainglorious person, quarrelled with anybody and everybody, confiding in his courage”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vajravega, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Vajravega in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Vajravega (वज्रवेग) refers to the “vajra-thrust”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rainmaking, weather control and prescriptions for the use of specially empowered pesticides to eliminate crop damage.—The Vajratuṇḍa-samayakalparāja consists of six chapters, e.g., (3) mahāgaruḍavegavajravegajvālitagaruḍahṛdayamaṇḍalī nāma dhāraṇī—“The Great Garuḍa Thrust Vajra Thrust Blazing Garuḍa Heart Ruler Dhāraṇī”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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

Vajravega (वज्रवेग) is the name of a Vidyādhara and son of Aśanivega, according to chapter 4.7 [sanatkumāra-cakrin-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.

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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»] — Vajravega in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vajravega (वज्रवेग).—[masculine] [Name] of a Rākṣasa.

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

1) Vajravega (वज्रवेग):—[=vajra-vega] [from vajra > vaj] m. ‘having the swiftness of a thunderbolt or of lightning’, Name of a Rākṣasa, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Vidyā-dhara, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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