Varuna, aka: Vāruṇā, Vāruṇa, Varuṇa, Varunā; 30 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Varuṇa (वरुण) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “water god”. Acording to the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.82-88, when Brahmā, Indra and all other gods went to inspect the playhouse (nāṭyamaṇḍapa) designed by Viśvakarmā, he assigned different deities for the protection of the playhouse itself, as well as for the objects relating to dramatic performance (prayoga).

As such, Brahmā assigned Varuṇa to the protection of the space within the building (sky/ceiling, ambara). The protection of the playhouse was enacted because of the jealous Vighnas (malevolent spirits), who began to create terror for the actors.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

One of the Deva-vibhāvana (hands that indicate the forms which accord with the character and actions of Brahmā and other Devas).—Varuṇa: left hand–Śikhara, right hand–Patāka.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Varuṇa (वरुण).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—The plant bears bitter leaves, and reddish flowers. It is hot and is useful in dysuria, urinary calculi, obesity, abscess and gulma.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vāruṇa (वारुण).—One of the nine divisions of Bhārata, a region south of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Vāruṇa is surrounded by an ocean (sāgara) and is one thousand yojanas in extent. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Varuṇa (वरुण).—One of the eight guardians of the quarters. Birth. Varuṇa was the son of Prajāpati, Kaśyapa born of Aditi. He was one of the twelve sons of Aditi. So he is considered to be one of the twelve Ādityas (Sons of Aditi). The twelve Ādityas are Dhātā, Aryaman, Mitra, Śakra, Varuṇa, Aṃśa, Bhaga, Vivaśvān, Pūṣā, Savitā, Tvaṣṭā and Viṣṇu. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 65, Stanza 15). (See full article at Story of Varuṇa from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Varuṇa (वरुण).—A Deva Gandharva. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 65, Stanza 42, that this Devagandharva was the son of Prajāpati Kaśyapa born of his wife Muni.

3) Vāruṇa (वारुण).—The sons of Aṅgiras. (See under Payasya).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Varuṇa (वरुण) refers to a deity that was once worshipped in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) according to the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Varuṇa appears as a Marut, as an Āditya and as a lord of the waters. His character as a controller of the order of the world in its ethical aspect may be dimly seen in his association with hell. One shrine and one image of Varuṇa, the former erected by Bali and the latter by the sage Pulastya are referred to in the Nīlamata.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1a) Varuṇa (वरुण).—(see Mītrāvaruṇa) King of the Asuras; when called upon to fight by Hiraṇyakaśipu, he said that his passion was in a subdued state, and asked him to meet Hari in battle;1 Once Varuṇa is said to have conquered all the world and performed the Rājasūya compared to Yudhiṣṭhira's. Presented Pṛthu with a white umbrella: noted for much wealth. Protected Krauñcadvīpa. Bali was bound with his noose;2 A son of Aditi: his wife was Carṣaṇī3 (Sunādevī, Vāyu-purāṇa.) propitiated by Hariścandra, Varuṇa gave him a son on condition that he offered him in a sacrifice to him. Though reminded a number of times, Hariścandra evaded fulfilling his promise and consequently got the disease, mahodara. But his son Rohita purchased Sunaḥśepa as his substitute. Varuṇa was pleased and relieved him of his disease.4 Helped Ṛcīka in securing a thousand white horses with black ears for his śulka.5 Ṛtumat in the Trikūṭa hill was his pleasure garden.6 Fought with Hetī in the Devāsura war. In the Tārakāmaya, when Indra lost his fortune, Varuṇa conferred with the gods and Brahmā how to restore it.7 Offered sacrifice by Vasiṣṭha on behalf of Śrāddha deva; a Lokapāla. Description of the sacrifice.8 When Nanda took bath once at āsurīvela, an asura took him to Varuṇa. Welcomed Kṛṣṇa, apologised for the capture of Nanda, and released him. Presented Kṛṣṇa, horses for his new city. Got back his umbrella taken by Naraka, from Kṛṣṇa who killed him;9 was sent against Kṛṣṇa taking pārijāta from Indra's place but beaten by Garuḍa, went back; supplied Balarāma at Vraja with Vāruṇī.10 His city Sukhā on the west of Meru was visited by Arjuna who sojourned in search of the dead child of the Dvārakā Brāhmana.11 Identified with Hari.12 Lord of waters, an Āditya, and a face of Śiva.13 Vanquished by Rāvaṇa; finding him unwilling to give audience, Paraśurāma took up Śiva's bow when Varuṇa appeared and begged to be excused; gave up Gokarṇa.14 Wife Stutā or Surā; gave Nāgapāśa as wedding present to Kāmeśvara; world of.15 Performed saubhāgyaśayana; made overtures of love to Ūrvaśī, already engaged to Mitra. She was cursed; became father of Agastya by letting fall retas collected in a pitcher.16 Makara as his riding animal; worship of in Gṛhabali and before commencement of palace building; chariot of;17 penance at Badarī; services of; in churning the ocean whence he received the umbrella;18 a lokapāla in the city of Sukhā;19 worshipped with avabhṛtāgni;20 Icon of; gift of pearl oysters pleases Varuṇa.21 [66 (V) 21-26]; 65. 19; Vi. V. 25. 2.

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 1. 32; 7. 31; III. 17. 27-30.
  • 2) Ib. III. 17. 28; X. 74. 13; IV. 15. 14; 22. 59; V. 20. 19; 24. 23.
  • 3) Ib. VI. 6. 39; 18. 4; Matsya-purāṇa 6. 4; 171. 56; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 66; 84. 6.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 7. 8-22.
  • 5) Ib. IX. 15. 7.
  • 6) Ib. VIII. 2. 9.
  • 7) Ib. VIII. 5. 17; 10. 28; 11. 42; Matsya-purāṇa 153. 179-83; 154. 487; 174. 15; 175. 22; 177. 49.
  • 8) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 1. 13; 13. 6; 14. 17; III. 6. 13; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 16; 3. 67; Matsya-purāṇa 266. 23.
  • 9) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 28. 2-10; 50. 56; 59. 22 [2 and 3]; Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 29. 10, 34; 30. 1.
  • 10) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. [65 (V) 43];
  • 11) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 89. 44; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 32.
  • 12) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 16. 17.
  • 13) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 5, 103; 24. 33 and 37; 26. 41. III. 7. 254; 24. 4; 57. 35; Matsya-purāṇa 8. 3; 31. 12; Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 89; 108. 31, 33; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 131; 22. 3.
  • 14) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 7; 57. 35-74; 58. 8-31.
  • 15) Ib. III. 59. 6; IV. 15. 20; 20. 49; 33. 64-5.
  • 16) Matsya-purāṇa 60 49; 61. 28-31; 201. 23-9.
  • 17) Ib. 67. 13; 93. 22; 124. 23; 125. 41; 126. 6; 127. 23; 137. 32; 150. 127; 268. 16.
  • 18) Ib. 201. 23; 249. 14; 251. 4.
  • 19) Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 89; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 8. 9.
  • 20) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 33.
  • 21) Matsya-purāṇa 261. 17; 266. 64; 289. 6.

1b) The name of the sun in the month of Śucī (Āṣāḍha).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 36; Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 6; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 8; 12. 32; V. 1. 58.

1c) A Marut of the third gaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 95.

1d) A Mauneya Gandharva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 1.

1e) The hill on the west of the Kailāsa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 121. 19.

1f) One of the eleven Vāsiṣṭha branches.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 90.

1g) His wife was Śunādevī, the daughter of Samudra; his sons were Kali and Vaidya, and daughter Surasundarī (see Varuṇa).*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 84. 6.

1h) A Sāma.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 48.

2a) Vāruṇa (वारुण).—One of the nine divisions of Bhārata varṣa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 9; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 8; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 79. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 3. 7.

2b) A muhūrta of the day;1 offer of piṇḍa in the śrāddha.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 40; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 41.
  • 2) Ib. 111. 40.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Varuṇa (वरुण) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.15, I.65, I.59.41, I.65, I.60.50) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Varuṇa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Vāruṇa also refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.86.10).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Varuṇa (वरुण) refers to a weapon (magical formula recited over weapons). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda
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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

1) Varuṇa (वरुण) is a Sanskrit word for a weapon used in Purāṇic literature, such as the Devī-bhāgavata-purāṇa (9.20.22-53), where it was in the presence of Devī Bhadrakālī, who was preparing for the war between Śankhacūḍa with the Devas.

2) Varuṇa (वरुण) refers to one of the 53 gods to be worshipped in the western quarter and given pāyasa (rice boiled in milk) according to the Vāstuyāga rite in Śaktism (cf. Śāradātilaka-tantra III-V). The worship of these 53 gods happens after assigning them to one of the 64 compartment while constructing a Balimaṇḍapa. Vāstu is the name of a prodigious demon, who was killed by 53 gods (eg., Varuṇa).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Varuṇa (वरुण).—Varuṇa of the Ṛgvedic pantheon becomes a water-god. He bears a pāśa, the noose of chastisement. He is the presiding deity of the western direction.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Varuṇa (वरुण) refers to one of the forty-seven tānas (tone) used in Indian music.—The illustration of Varuṇa (as a deity) according to 15th-century Indian art is as follows.—The colour of his body is jellow. His face is similar to the face of a peacock. A viṇā is held with both hands.

The illustrations (of, for example Varuṇa) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

Source: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style

Varuṇa (वरुण) is one of the Aṣṭadikpālaka (“eight guardians of the directions”), as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The hand poses for the eight dikpālas (guardians of directions) are described in the Abhinayadarpaṇa and they are followed in the dance performance. When the right hand and the left hand of the dancer assume patāka and śikhara-hasta respectively, it is considered varuṇa-hasta. In images Varuṇa is found holding pāśa in both his hands in kaṭaka or siṃha-karna-hasta. In dance, while depicting Varuṇa, the dancer can use kapittha-mudrās in both the hands.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Kavya (poetry)

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Varuṇa (वरुण) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—One of the nine parts of Bhāratavarṣa. In the mentions of Purana’s as well as the Kāvyamīmāṃsā, some are inclined to surmise that Varuna was situated in the north eastern direction of India. Which may be represents an Indian colony in central Asia.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Vāruṇa (वारुण) or Vāruṇāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Candrajñānāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Vāruṇa Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Candrajñāna-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Varuṇa (वरुण, “mysterious, hidden”):—In Vedic hinduism, he is the regent of the western direction and personifies the mysterious law of the Gods. He presides over he relationship of humans with the Gods. He is the presiding deity of the invisible world and represents the inner reality of things, higher truth (Ṛta), and order in their trascendent aspects, beyond understanding. He is also the lord of the causal waters that surround the world.

He lives in the most beautiful world called Vibhāvarī. As the King and justive-giver, Varuṇa’s duty is to punish the guilty. He has two wifes (Ṛddhi and Vāruṇī) and has three sons and one daughter:

  1. Puṣkara,
  2. Bāla,
  3. Surā
  4. and Adharma
Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Varuna is the lord of the waters and one of the principal Devas. He is one of the Adityas, a son of Aditi and sage Kashyapa. The first references to him appear in the Rig Veda, where he is more often addressed as the part of the dual Mitra-Varuna. In later texts, Mitra disappears, leaving only Varuna.

He is also the lord of justice, and of oaths. He controls all the waters in the ocean and lakes and rivers. He is often depicted as carrying a noose, called VarunaPasha in his hand, with which he punishes evildoers.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

In Vedic religion, Varuṇa is a god of the water and of the celestial ocean, as well as a god of law of the underwater world. A Makara is his mount. In Hindu mythology, Varuna continued to be considered the god of all forms of the water element, particularly the oceans.

As chief of the Adityas, Varuna has aspects of a solar deity though, when opposed to Mitra (Vedic term for Surya)[citation needed], he is rather associated with the night, and Mitra with the daylight.

As the most prominent Deva, however, he is mostly concerned with moral and societal affairs than being a deification of nature. Together with Mitra–originally 'agreement' (between tribes) personified—being master of ṛtá, he is the supreme keeper of order and god of the law. The word ṛtá, order, is also translated as "season".

In post-Vedic texts Varuna became the god of oceans and rivers and keeper of the souls of the drowned. As such, Varuna is also a god of the dead, and can grant immortality. He is attended by the nagas. He is also one of the Guardians of the directions, representing the west.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Varuna. One of the chief lay disciples of Sumana Buddha. Bu.v.28.

2. Varuna. Son of Revata Buddha and also his chief disciple. His mother was Sudassana (, 21; J.i.35). Once, when he was ill, large numbers of people came to see him, and he preached to them on the three signata, ordaining one hundred thousand persons by the ehi bhikkhu ordination. BuA.134.

3. Varuna. The personal attendant of Anomadassi Buddha. J.i.36; Bu.viii.22; DhA.i.88, etc.

4. Varuna. The personal attendant of Paduma Buddha. Bu.ix.21; J.i.36.

5. Varuna. Sixteen kappas ago there were eight kings of this name, all previous births of Malitavambha (Kumudadayaka) Thera. ThagA.i.211; Ap.i.180.

6. Varuna. A disciple of Piyadassi Buddha. ThagA.i.75, 273.

7. Varuna. A brahmin, a former birth of Suppiya Thera. ThagA.i.93; Ap.ii.452.

8. Varuna. A king of fifty one kappas ago, a previous birth of Sayanadayaka Thera. Ap.i.99.

9. Varuna. One hundred and sixty kappas ago there were two kings of this name, previous births of Sucintita Thera. Ap.i.115.

10. Varuna. A king of forty kappas ago, a previous birth of Ekasannaka Thera. Ap.i.121.

11. Varuna. A king in the time of Atthadassi Buddha, a previous birth of Sivali (Ekasaniya) Thera. Ap.i.149 calls him devaraja; ThagA.i.139 calls him ekaraja.

12. Varuna. A yavapala who gave grass to Siddhattha Buddha for his seat. BuA.185.

13. Varuna. A brahmin village, residence of the brahmin Vasabha. BuA.172.

14. Varuna. A king of twenty five kappas ago, a former birth of Pilindavaccha Thera. ThagA.i.52; Ap.i.59.

15. Varuna. A Naga king in the time of Anomadassi Buddha, a previous birth of Maha Moggallana. He played music to the Buddha and entertained him in his abode. Ap.i.31.

16. Varuna. An ascetic who, together with the hunter Sura, discovered intoxicating liquor. This came to be called Varuni. See Kumbhakara Jataka, J.v.12f.

17. Varuna. A Naga king. His wife was Vimala and their daughter was Irandati. For details see Vidhurapandita Jataka. Varuna is identified with Sariputta.

18. Varuna. A king of the devas, mentioned as the companion of Sakka, Pajapati and Isana. In battle against the Asuras, the devas of Tavatimsa were asked to look upon the banner of Varuna in order to have all their fears dispelled (S.i.219).

In the Tevijja Sutta (D.i.244; cf. J.v.28; vi.20; also Mil. 22) Varuna is mentioned with Indra, Soma, Isana, Pajapati, Yama and Mahiddhi, as the gods invoked by brahmins.

In the Atanatiya Sutta (D.iii.204) he is mentioned with Indra and others as a Yakkha chief.

Buddhaghosa says (SA.i.262) that Varuna is equal in age and glory (vanna) with Sakka and takes the third seat in the assembly of devas.

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.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Varuṇa (वरुण).—Protector deity of the western cremation ground.—Varuṇa is a prominent god in the Vedas; his later association is as lord of the waters. Hence, he is listed as Nāgendra (Saṃvarodayatantra 17.39) and is described in the Adbhutaśmaśānālaṃkāra as mounted on a makara. He is red in color and brandishes a lasso and skull cup.

Source: Google Books: Vajrayogini

Kubera (कुबेर) is the name of the protector (dikpati) associated with Karaṅkaka: the western cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

These protectors (eg., Varuṇa) are variously known as dikpati, dikpāla and lokāpala and can be traced to purāṇic legends where eight protectors are assigned to each direction by Brahmā. According to the Śmaśānavidhi verse 20, these protectors are in union with their wives and have four arms, two of which make the añjali gesture of obeisance, while the second pair usually holds a skull bowl and a tantric weapon. They are variously depicted upon their respective mounts, or sitting at the base of the tree.

The Guhyasamayasādhanamālā by Umāptideva is a 12th century ritualistic manual including forty-six Buddhist tantric sādhanas. The term sādhana refers to “rites” for the contemplation of a divinity.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini

Vāruṇā (वारुणा) refers to one of the eight wisdoms (vidyās) described in the ‘śrī-amṛtakuṇḍalin-utpatti’ chapter of the 9th-century Vajrāmṛtatantra or Vajrāmṛtamahātantra: one of the main and earliest Buddhist Yoginītantras. Chapter 9 begins with the visualisation of Amṛtakuṇḍalin [...] The practitioner should visualize a sword in his hand; afterwards, he should visualize the eight Wisdoms [viz., Vāruṇā] along with the door-guardians; eventually he should project the eight Wisdoms into the petals.

Source: De Gruyter: A Fragment of the Vajrāmṛtamahātantra
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

Varuṇa (वरुण) refers to the third of the “eight world protectors” (aṣṭalokapāla) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 8). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., aṣṭalokapāla and Varuṇa). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Varuṇa is, besides one of the “eight world protectors” (aṣṭalokapāla), one of the “ten world protectors” (daśalokapāla) and one of the “fourteen world protectors” (caturdaśalokapāla).

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

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General definition (in Jainism)

Varuṇa (वरुण) in both Sanskrit and Prakrit refers to the plant Crataeva Roxburghii, the shoots (aṅkura) of which are classifed as ananta-kāya, or “plants that are inhabited by an infinite number of living organisms”, and therefore are abhakṣya (forbidden to consume) according to Nemicandra (in his Pravacana-sāroddhāra v245-246). Those plants which are classifiedas ananta-kāyas (eg., varuṇa) seem to be chosen because of certain morphological peculiarities such as the possession of bulbs or rhizomes orthe habit of periodically shedding their leaves; and in general theyare characterized by possibilities of vegetative reproduction.

Source: Jaina Yoga

Vāruṇa (वारुण) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Vāruṇa] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

varūṇa (वरूण).—m (S) The name of the deity of the waters and regent of the west.

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varūna (वरून).—prep (vara) From the top or upper or outer part of; from over or above. 2 From or through; noting progress from premisses to inferences. Ex. tulā myāṃ śabdāvarūna ōḷakhalēṃ. 3 Upon; in consequence of; on occasion of. Ex. tūṃ sāṅgitalyāvarūna mī gēlōṃ. 4 From before or the front-part of; from the vicinity of; by. Ex. tō mājhē gāṃvāvarūna gēlā. 5 Along the surface of. 6 After or upon; in succession or posteriority to. With reference to time. Ex. snāna kēlyāvarūna bhōjanāsa basalōṃ. 7 Upon or on. Ex. jhāḍāṃvarūna pāṅkharēṃ basalīṃ; ghōḍyāṃvarūna sagaḷīṃ māṇasēṃ basalīṃ. This use is confined to the plural number. See hūna. varūna cālaṇēṃ or jāṇēṃ To overflow or run over.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

varuṇa (वरुण).—m The name of the deity of the waters.

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varuna (वरुन).—prep From the top or upper or outer part of; from; upon; by. varuna cālaṇēṃ-jāṇēṃ Overflow.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Varuṇa (वरुण).—[vṛ-unan Uṇ.3.53]

1) Name of an Āditya (usually associated with Mitra); Bṛ. Up.1.4.11.

2) (In later mythology) The regent of the ocean and of the western quarter (represented with a noose in hand); यासां राजा वरुणो याति मध्ये सत्यानृत्ये अवपश्यञ्जनानाम् (yāsāṃ rājā varuṇo yāti madhye satyānṛtye avapaśyañjanānām); वरुणो यादसामहम् (varuṇo yādasāmaham) Bg.1.29; त्वं विश्वेषां वरुणासि राजा ये च देवा ये च मर्ताः (tvaṃ viśveṣāṃ varuṇāsi rājā ye ca devā ye ca martāḥ) Ṛv.2.27.1; प्रतीचीं वरुणः पाति (pratīcīṃ varuṇaḥ pāti) Mb.; अतिसक्तिमेत्य वरुणस्य दिशा भृशमन्वरज्यदतुषारकरः (atisaktimetya varuṇasya diśā bhṛśamanvarajyadatuṣārakaraḥ) Śi.9.7.

3) The ocean.

4) Firmament.

5) The Sun.

6) The Varuṇa tree.

Derivable forms: varuṇaḥ (वरुणः).

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Vāruṇa (वारुण).—a. (-ṇī f.) [वरुणस्येदम् अण् (varuṇasyedam aṇ)]

1) Belonging to Varuṇa: साक्ष्येऽनृतं वदन् पाशैर्बध्यते वारुणैर्भृशम् (sākṣye'nṛtaṃ vadan pāśairbadhyate vāruṇairbhṛśam) Ms.8.82; Bhāg.1.5.32.

2) Dedicated or sacred to Varuṇa.

3) Given to Varuṇa.

4) Watery, marine; जानामि वारुणाँ- ल्लोकान् (jānāmi vāruṇāṃ- llokān) Rām.4.58.13; पृथिवी पर्वता मेघा मूर्तिमन्तश्च ये परे । सर्वं तद्वारुणं ज्ञेयमापस्तस्तम्भिरे यतः (pṛthivī parvatā meghā mūrtimantaśca ye pare | sarvaṃ tadvāruṇaṃ jñeyamāpastastambhire yataḥ) || Mb.12.183.4.

5) Western.

-ṇaḥ 1 Name of one of the nine divisions of Bharatavarṣa -2 An aquatic animal.

-ṇam 1 Water.

2) The शतभिषज् (śatabhiṣaj) constellation; नक्षत्रे वारुणे कुर्वन् भिषक्सिद्धिमवाप्नुयात् (nakṣatre vāruṇe kurvan bhiṣaksiddhimavāpnuyāt) Mb.13.89.12.

-ṇaḥ, -ṇam The west.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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