Vapus; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) Vapus (वपुस्).—A daughter of Dakṣa. Dharmadeva married her. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Aṃśa 1, Chapter 7).

2) Vapus (वपुस्).—A celestial maid. She made a futile attempt to hinder the penance of the hermit Durvāsas, and by the curse of the hermit she had to take birth as the daughter of Kundhara by Menakā in the next birth. (Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, 1, 49, 56; 2, 41).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia
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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)

Vapus (वपुस्, “beauty”) as in vapus-mada refers to “pride in one’s beauty” and represents one of the eight forms of vainglory (mada), according to Samantabhadra in his Ratna-Karaṇḍa-śrāvakācāra (with commentary of Prabhācandra). These eight madas are included in the twenty-five blemishes (dṛg-doṣas), which are generally held to be the eight madas, the three mūḍhatās, the six anāyatanas, and the eight doṣas.

Source: Jaina Yoga
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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-English dictionary

Vapus (वपुस्).—a. [vap-usi] Handsome, beautiful (Ved.). -n.

1) (a) Body, person; (smaraṃ) वपुषा स्वेन नियोजयिष्यति (vapuṣā svena niyojayiṣyati) Ku- 4.42; नवं वयः कान्तमिदं वपुश्च (navaṃ vayaḥ kāntamidaṃ vapuśca) R.2.47; Śi.1.5. (b) Form, figure, appearance; लिखितवपुषौ शङ्खपद्मौ च दृष्ट्वा (likhitavapuṣau śaṅkhapadmau ca dṛṣṭvā) Me.82; परिघः क्षतजतुल्यवपुः (parighaḥ kṣatajatulyavapuḥ) Bṛ. S.3.25.

2) Essence, nature; अष्टानां लोकपालानां वपुर्धारयते नृपः (aṣṭānāṃ lokapālānāṃ vapurdhārayate nṛpaḥ) Ms.5.96.

3) Beauty, a beautiful form or appearance; 'वपुः क्लीबं तनौ शस्ताकृतावपि (vapuḥ klībaṃ tanau śastākṛtāvapi)' इति मेदिनी (iti medinī); श्रमेण च विवर्णानां वक्त्राणां विल्पुतं वपुः (śrameṇa ca vivarṇānāṃ vaktrāṇāṃ vilputaṃ vapuḥ) Mb.11.2.34.

4) Ved. A wonderful phenomenon, wonder.

5) Ved. Water.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vapus (वपुस्).—n.

(-puḥ) 1. The body. 2. A handsome form or figure. 3. Beauty, beautiful appearance. E. vap to sow, Unadi aff. usi .

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