Vasudhara, aka: Vasudhārā, Vasudhāra, Vasu-dhara; 7 Definition(s)
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Vasudhārā (वसुधारा).—A holy place. Those who visit this place could enjoy the fruits of performing horse-sacrifice. If one gives offering to the manes after getting oneself purified by bathing in this holy tīrtha (bath), one will attain the world of Viṣṇu. There is a lake of the Aṣṭavasus (eight Vasus) in this place. By bathing there, one could become the subject of the love and regard of the eight Vasus. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 82, Stanza 63).Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
Vasudhāra (वसुधार).—A mountain where there are eight temples to the Vasus.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 38. 23; 39. 44; 42. 30.
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.
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)
Vasudhārā (वसुधारा) refers to one of the 135 metres (chandas) mentioned by Nañjuṇḍa (1794-1868 C.E.) in his Vṛttaratnāvalī. Nañjuṇḍa was a poet of both Kannada and Sanskrit literature flourished in the court of the famous Kṛṣṇarāja Woḍeyar of Mysore. He introduces the names of these metres (eg., Vasudhārā) in 20 verses.Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
Itihasa (narrative history)
Vasudhārā (वसुधारा) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vasudhārā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).
Katha (narrative stories)
Vasudhara (वसुधर) is the name of a porter (bhārika) from Kauśāmbī, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 57. Accordingly, as Ratnadatta said to Udayana and Naravāhanadatta: “... there is a poor porter here, of the name of Vasundhara [Vasudhara]; and suddenly he is found of late to be eating, drinking, and bestowing alms. So, out of curiosity, I took him to my house, and gave him food and drink to his heart’s content, and when I had made him drunk, I questioned him... ”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vasudhara, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Vasudhārā (वसुधारा) refers to the first of “seven days” (saptavāra) classified as a dhāraṇī according to a 17th-century Sanskrit manuscript from Nepal .—This collection associates each dhāraṇī with a specific day of the week, a tradition going back to at least the sixteenth century in Nepal.Source: Cambridge Digital Library: Pañcarakṣā, Saptavāra
Languages of India and abroad
Vasudhārā (वसुधारा).—the capital of Kubera. [वसोर्धारा (vasordhārā)
1) a stream of ghee prepared for Vasus; कुड्यलग्नां वसोर्धारां सप्त वारान् घृतेन तु । कारयेत् पञ्च वारान् वा नातिनीचां न चोच्छ्रिताम् (kuḍyalagnāṃ vasordhārāṃ sapta vārān ghṛtena tu | kārayet pañca vārān vā nātinīcāṃ na cocchritām) Chhandogapaddhati.
2) Name of a vessel for pouring ghee into fire; त्वया द्वादशवर्षाणि वसोर्धाराहुतं हविः (tvayā dvādaśavarṣāṇi vasordhārāhutaṃ haviḥ) Mb.1.223.72.
3) Name of the heavenly Ganges (mandākinī); Mb.13.8.5.].
Vasudhārā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vasu and dhārā (धारा). See also (synonyms): vasubhārā.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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