Varisena, Vārisena, Vāriṣenā, Vāriṣenā, Vāriseṇā, Varishena: 5 definitions


Varisena means something in 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.

The Sanskrit terms Vāriṣenā and Vāriṣenā can be transliterated into English as Varisena or Varishena, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Vārisena (वारिसेन).—A King. This King stays in the Palace of Yama and worships him. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 8, Stanza 20).

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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)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Vāriṣenā (वारिषेना) refers to one of the eight Dikkumārīs living in the upper world (on mount Meru), according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.


“[...] Likewise, having known by the shaking of their thrones, the eight Dikkumārīs [viz., Vāriṣenā] living on mount Meru, inhabitants of the upper world, came. After bowing to the Jina and the Jina’s mother and announcing themselves as before, they quickly made a mass of clouds in the sky, like the month nabhasya. For a yojana around the house they [viz., Vāriṣenā] laid the dust completely with perfumed water like darkness by moonlight. They made a shower of five-colored flowers knee-deep, making the earth made of variegated paintings as it were. [...].”.

Source: HereNow4u: Jain Dharma ka Maulika Itihasa (2)

Vārisena (वारिसेन) is the son of Yaśodharā and Namirājā.—[...] The ‘Śrī Pāsanāha Cariyaṃ’ gives the following description of Lord Pārśvanātha’s Gaṇadharas (principal disciples).—“[...] Vārisena is the seventh Gaṇadhara of Lord Pārśvanātha, Vārisena was the resident of Mithilā. Yaśodharā and Namirājā were his parents. His values of the past birth were so strong that since his childhood his mind was attracted towards mendicancy. With the permission of his parents he went to Lord Pārśvanātha's Samavaśaraṇa with other prince friends of his and impressed by the sermon, took initiation and became a Gaṇadhara. .”.

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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

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

1) Vāriṣeṇa (वारिषेण):—[=vāri-ṣeṇa] [from vāri > vār] m. ([from] vāri + senā) Name of a king, [Mahābhārata] ([varia lectio] -sena)

2) Vārisena (वारिसेन):—[=vāri-sena] [from vāri > vār] m. Name of a king, [Mahābhārata; Inscriptions]

3) [v.s. ...] ([varia lectio] -ṣeṇa)

4) [v.s. ...] of a Jina, [Horace H. Wilson]

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Varisena in German

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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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