Vasudha, aka: Vasudhā, Vasu-dha; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Vasudhā (वसुधा, “wealth producing”):—One of the twenty-four emanations of Lakṣmī accompanying Nārāyaṇa. This particular manifestation couples with his counterpart form called Puruṣottama and together they form the seventeenth celestial couple. Lakṣmī represents a form of the Goddess (Devī) as the wife of Viṣṇu, while Nārāyaṇa represents the personification of his creative energy, according to the Pāñcarātra literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vasudhā (वसुधा).—Daughter of Narmadā, a Gandharva woman. Narmadā had three daughters Sundarī, Ketumatī and Vasudhā. (For more details see under Puṣpotkaṭā).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Vasudhā (वसुधा).—(also Vasundharā); ety. of.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 37. 1; 36. 226; Vāyu-purāṇa 63. 1.

1b) The deity to be remembered in installing a new image; the presiding deity is Śarva.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 265. 38, 40.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Vasudhā (वसुधा).—1. Base of a triangle. 2. Earth. Note: Vasudhā is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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India history and geogprahy

Vasudhā.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘one’. Note: vasudhā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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vasudhā : (f.) the earth.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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vasudhā (वसुधा).—f The earth.

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

Vasudhā (वसुधा).—

1) the earth; वसुधेयमवेक्ष्यतां त्वया (vasudheyamavekṣyatāṃ tvayā) R.8.83; पुरा सप्तद्वीपां जयति वसुधामप्रतिरथः (purā saptadvīpāṃ jayati vasudhāmapratirathaḥ) Ś.7.35;1.25.

2) the heaven; धरान् धरित्रीं वसुधां भर्तुस्तिष्ठाम्यनन्तरम् (dharān dharitrīṃ vasudhāṃ bhartustiṣṭhāmyanantaram) Mb. 13.93.1 (com. vasūn devān dhatte iti vyutpattyā vasudhāṃ divam).

3) the ground; वसुधालिङ्गनधूसरस्तनी (vasudhāliṅganadhūsarastanī) Ku.4.4. °अधिपः (adhipaḥ) a king. °धरः (dharaḥ) a mountain; वसुधाधरकन्दराभिसर्पी प्रतिशब्दोऽपि हरेर्भिनत्ति नागान् (vasudhādharakandarābhisarpī pratiśabdo'pi harerbhinatti nāgān) V.1.18. °नगरम् (nagaram) the capital of Varuṇa.

Vasudhā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vasu and dhā (धा).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vasudhā (वसुधा).—f.

(-dhā) The earth. E. vasu wealth, dhā to have or contain, affs. ka and ṭāp .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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. 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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