Vashavartin, Vaśavartin, Vasha-vartin: 9 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Vaśavartin can be transliterated into English as Vasavartin or Vashavartin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vashavartin in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्) refers to “subservient” and is used to demonstrate how mortal beings are subservient to women, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Durgā said to Brahmā:—“[...] I shall take up the body of Satī and be subservient (vaśavartin) to Him even as Lakṣmī the Goddess of Fortune is the beloved of Viṣṇu. O Brahmā thanks to His own favour I shall so endeavour as to make Him subservient to me always. O Brahmā, being born of Dakṣa’s wife in the from of Satī, I shall duly honour Śiva with my sports. Just as ordinary mortals on the earth are subservient (vaśavartin) to their women-folk so also Śiva shall be subservient to a woman due to my ardent devotion”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्).—A group of gods of the epoch of Uttama Manu, 12 in number; also Vaṃśavartins.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 26-30; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 14.
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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»] — Vashavartin in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्) refers to someone “under the sway” (of another) according to the Kṛṣṇayāmala.—One of the names of the goddess Lalitā, that is, Tripurasundarī, in the Thousand Names of Lalitā—the Lalitāsahasranāmastotra—of the Brahmāṇḍapurāṇa, is “Command” (ājñā). [...] The Kṛṣṇayāmala, a late mediaeval Tantra, presents Kṛṣṇa as Tripurasundarī’s essential nature and, as the Kṛṣṇayāmala says: “she is under the sway of Kṛṣṇa’s command” [i.e., kṛṣṇājñā-vaśavartin].

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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»] — Vashavartin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्).—(so vaśaṃgata) a. obedient to the will of another, submissive, subject; नमस्यामो देवान्ननु हतविधेस्तेऽपि वशगाः (namasyāmo devānnanu hatavidheste'pi vaśagāḥ) Bhartṛhari 2.94. (-m.) a servant.

Vaśavartin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vaśa and vartin (वर्तिन्). See also (synonyms): vaśānuga, vaśaga.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्).—(1) adj. (also written vasa°; = Pali vasavattin; in Sanskrit only subject to, and so sometimes [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit], e.g. brahmā pi tasya (WT tasyo with v.l.) vaśavarti bhoti Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 369.7, verse), also -tā, -tva, abstracts; controlling, having control over: devā maheśvarā nāma cittavaśavartī Mahāvastu i.224.3 = ii.27.3 (verse); svacitta-vaśavarti-tāṃ Lalitavistara 180.1 (prose), state of controlling one's own mind; tac-cittavaśa- varti-tvād 244.22; sarvadharma-vaśavartī Lalitavistara 275.8; 423.18; Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 13.10—11; sarvadharmeṣu vaśavartī Mahāvastu ii.144.19; sarvayoga-va° Laṅkāvatāra-sūtra 11.16; -vihāra-va° Gaṇḍavyūha 341.1; (tava rūpa surūpa…) vasavarti (so text) Lalitavistara 321.22 (verse; Māra's daughters say to the Bodhisattva), thy fair form dominates (us); iha khalu kāmadhātau Māraḥ…adhipatir īśvaro vaśavartī Lalitavistara 299.20 (prose), in control; vaśavartī Mahābrahmā Lalitavistara 275.16, the dominant (all-powerful) great Br.; vasa-(so ed.)-vartimanuṣyeṣu, among dominant (power- ful) men, Mahāvastu ii.286.7; daśaśata-vaśavarti-prativiśiṣṭānāṃ (Buddhānāṃ) Divyāvadāna 95.23, who are the (most) eminent among ten hundred dominant (all-powerful) persons; (2) m. sg. (= Pali Vasavattin, Dīghanikāya (Pali) i.219.31), name of the chief of the paranirmitavaśavartin gods: Lalitavistara 45.11 (verse, °ti-deva- bhavane); 302.6; vaśavarti-devaputra-pramukhāḥ paranir- mitavaśavartino devaputrās 362.15 (the same personage was called Paranirmitavaśavartī, q.v., in 361.13; both prose); 439.18; 441.19; Mahāvastu i.208.14; 230.13; ii.11.2; Divyāvadāna 140.16; Bodhisattvabhūmi 349.21; Gaṇḍavyūha 503.3; for some passages in Gaṇḍavyūha and Daśabhūmikasūtra.g. in which there is a deceptive appearance of use of this as a name for the whole class of paranirmitava- śavartin gods, see s.v. Suyāma (actually it seems never to be so used).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्).—adj. acting according to another’s will, obedient.

Vaśavartin is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vaśa and vartin (वर्तिन्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्).—[adjective] = vaśaga.

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

1) Vaśavartin (वशवर्तिन्):—[=vaśa-vartin] [from vaśa > vaś] mfn. being under the control of, acting obediently to the will of, obsequious, subject (with [genitive case] or [compound]), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] (ifc.) having power over, ruling, [Lalita-vistara]

3) [v.s. ...] having power over all, too powerful, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Viṣṇu, [Viṣṇu-smṛti, viṣṇu-sūtra, vaiṣṇava-dharma-śāstra]

5) [v.s. ...] of a Brāhman or Mahā-Brāhman, [Lalita-vistara]

6) [v.s. ...] sg. ([scilicet] gaṇa) or [plural] a [particular] class of gods in the third Manv-antara, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

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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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