Varahakalpa, Vārāhakalpa, Varaha-Kalpa, Varāhakalpa: 7 definitions

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Varahakalpa in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प) is the name of a specific Kalpa (aeon), named after the form Viṣṇu assumed when discovering the origins of a Liṅga that appeared, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.15:—“[...] a boar (vārāha) has the power of steadily going deep below. Hence Viṣṇu, the wanderer in the forest, assumed the form of the boar. Or Viṣṇu, the protector of all the worlds assumed the form of a Boar to start a new Kalpa (Aeon). Since the day he assumed the form of a Boar, the aeon by the title of Vārāha has started. Or the Vārāhakalpa can be considered to have started since the day we two decided to assume these forms”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प).—In this aeon, Hari took the incarnation of a boar; see Varāha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 11. 36.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प) is the name of a Kalpa described in the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, chapter twenty-one deals with the first creation (ādisarga) of the universe by Śiva while chapter twenty-two describes creation by Brahmā in the Vārāhakalpa. Herein five types of creation are enumerated. Chapter twenty-three describes the birth of the sage Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatkumāra etc. and the creation by Rudra born from Brahmā’s forehead.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Varahakalpa in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प) is the name of a particular Kalpa, according to the Kularatnoddyota, one of the earliest Kubjikā Tantras.—Accordingly, “There will be a terrible demon called Mahiṣa who will be the king of the demons [i.e., asurādhipa]. O goddess, you will descend into the world in order to kill him as Durgā and Kātyāyaṇī in a black and brown form. O goddess, (you will be) the means to achieve every goal and you will destroy the suffering of those who bow before you. (This will take place) in the sixth Manvantara of the coming Vārāha Kalpa [i.e., vārāhakalpa]. O lady of fair vows, in the twenty-eighth of the four Yugas of the seventh (Manvantara) (you will incarnate) in order to kill a certain demon called Kaṃsa.... In this way, O Mother of Kula, aspects of you will descend into the world with many kinds of tasks to accomplish and with many names”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Varāhakalpa (वराहकल्प).—the period of the boar incarnation, the period during which Viṣṇu assumed the form of a boar.

Derivable forms: varāhakalpaḥ (वराहकल्पः).

Varāhakalpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varāha and kalpa (कल्प).

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Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प).—Name of the present Kalpa (that in which we are at present living).

Derivable forms: vārāhakalpaḥ (वाराहकल्पः).

Vārāhakalpa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vārāha and kalpa (कल्प).

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

1) Varāhakalpa (वराहकल्प):—[=varāha-kalpa] [from varāha] m. the period during which Viṣṇu assumed his boar-form, [Mahābhārata]

2) Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प):—[=vārāha-kalpa] [from vārāha] m. ‘Boar Kalpa’, Name of the now existing Kalpa or day of Brahmā (being the first of the second Parārdha of Brahmā’s existence), [Monier-Williams’ 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 (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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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Varahakalpa in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

1) Varāha-kalpa (वराह-कल्प):—n. the period of the boar-incarnation; the period during which Vishnu assumed the form of a boar;

2) Vārāhakalpa (वाराहकल्प):—n. iron age;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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