Vastupurusha, Vāstupuruṣa, Vastu-purusha: 6 definitions


Vastupurusha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 term Vāstupuruṣa can be transliterated into English as Vastupurusa or Vastupurusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vāstupuruṣa (वास्तुपुरुष).—In days of yore a ghost of immense size, who was feared by all other ghosts came into existence. This ghost was buried inside the earth by the Devas. This ghost is called Vāstupuruṣa. He is the deity of whatever we build on the earth. The offering made to this Vāstupuruṣa on completion of a house is called "Puravāstubali". (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 40).

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Source: Ancient Indian Wisdom: Vāstu-puruṣa-maṇḍala

Vāstupuruṣa is the deity that is believed to be in control of a place un-inhabited by humans, a place, whereupon any structure is to be constructed. The Vāstupuruṣa is also the deity that is believed to protect any structure. He is the same as Vāstoṣpati mentioned in the Ṛgveda. According to Kramrisch (P. 45), Vāstoṣpati is but another name for Vāstupuruṣa, the puruṣa who is vāstu.

Vāstupuruṣa is to be worshipped at the construction of a new dwelling; and his figure is to be placed in the foundation at a suitable place. When the figure is to be placed at a wall, in the foundation etc., it should be shown as down-faced (adharānanaṃ). It is said that Vastupuruṣa came out for the destruction of the gods and men. The gods tried to control him and struck him variously for many years. At last Viṣṇu subdued him and also pacified him; and it was agreed that the deities springing from various parts of his body would be worshipped by people; and if anyone did not worship Vāstu the latter would devour him.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Oxford Reference: A Dictionary of Hinduism

The figure of a person (puruṣa) bound diagonally into a square or quadrangle (referred to as a maṇḍala), representing the ground plan for a building, particularly a temple. The Vedic gods, with Brahmā at the centre, are supposed to be pressing the puruṣa into the ground, the whole presenting a divinely appointed template for the ordered construction of the building. The geometry is worked out in considerable detail in Vāstuśāstra.

Source: AIKTC: Journal of the Bombay branch of the Royal Asiatic Society - Volume 79

Vāstupuruṣa (वास्तुपुरुष):—The Bṛhatsaṃhitā has described Vāstupuruṣa, the presiding deity of the ground on which the house is to be built. The concept of Vāstoṣpati or Vāstupuruṣa i.e. the presiding deity of Vāstu i.e. land or house is as old as the Ṛgveda. In the Ṛgveda hymns have been addressed to Vāstoṣpati (Ṛgveda VII 54.1-3, VII 55.1).

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vāstupuruṣa (वास्तुपुरुष):—[=vāstu-puruṣa] [from vāstu > vāstava] m. = -nara, [Agni-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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vastupuruṣa (ವಸ್ತುಪುರುಷ):—[noun] a man trained in or having the skill for discerning one object from the other.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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