Varṇadharma, aka: Varnadharma; 1 Definition(s)
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Varṇadharma (वर्णधर्म).—Of the four varṇas; could take to other professions in extreme cases. The āśrama dharma; specific duties of the Vānaprastha and Sannyāsa.1 First introduced in the Svāyambhuva epoch in five dvīpas of concentric islands of Hindu cosmos—Plakṣa, Śālmali, Kuśa, Krauñca and Śākadvīpas; its observance in Tretayuga, languishing in Dvāpara, completely ruined in the Kaliyuga; based on Śrauta and Smārta dharma.2 Aurva narrates to Sagara the duties of all castes.3
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VII. 11. 14-24; XI. 17. 13-58; ch. 18 (whole) . Vāyu-purāṇa 8. 168-75.
- 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 41; 29. 46; 30. 4; 31. 27-8. 107; 32. 33-44; 35. 195; III. 7. 407-8; 13. 132; 50. 4. IV. 3. 50; 43. 58.
- 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 8. 20-40.
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including religious ceremonies, various arts, sciences and historical legends. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
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