Vasuki, Vāsuki, Vāsukī: 23 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna
Vāsuki (वासुकि):—One of the Nāgas that dwell on the Niṣadha mountain, according to the Vāyu-purāṇa.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—One of the famous Nāgas (serpents). Birth. The uragas and nāgas (serpents) were born to Prajāpati Kaśyapa by his wife Kadrū. Vāsuki, the eldest son of Kadrū spent his childhood with his parents. (See full article at Story of Vāsuki from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Vāsuki (वासुकि).—A son of Kadru: a chieftain of the Nāgaloka. He was used as the rope in the amṛtamathana. Identified with Hari.1 A friend of Indra: the milkman of the Nāgas for milking the earth: moving with the sun for two months;2 in the Vaiḍūrya śālā of Lalitā;3 his aid to Tripurāri;4 an ear ornament of Śiva; shaken by Hiraṇyakaśipu: sports in Amarakaṇṭaka;5 heard the viṣṇu purāṇa from Dhṛtarāṣṭra the Nāga and narrated it to Vatsa.6
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 24. 31; VIII. 6. 22 and ch. 7 (whole); XI. 16. 18; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 32 and 444; 8. 13; 36. 15; IV. 9. 51, 56-9; Matsya-purāṇa 6. 39; 8. 7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 9. 77 and 84; 21. 21.
- 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 17. 34; 20. 41; 23. 3; 36. 213; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 3.
- 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 20. 53; 33. 36.
- 4) Matsya-purāṇa 114. 83; 126. 3; 133. 25 and 42.
- 5) Ib. 154. 444; 163. 56; 188. 92; 193. 35; 249. 64.
- 6) Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 8. 46.
1b) The Nāga presiding over the month of Madhu.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 33.
1d) A Nāga living in the Niṣadha hill.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 46. 34; 62. 180; 69. 69.
Vāsuki (वासुकि) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.33.1, I.31.5, I.35) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vāsuki) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
Vāsukī also refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.83.30).
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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Vāsuki (वासुकि) is the Sanskrit name for a deity to be worshipped during raṅgapūjā, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.1-8. Accordingly, the master of the dramatic art who has been initiated for the purpose shall consecrate the playhouse after he has made obeisance (eg., to Vāsuki).
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).
Kavya (poetry)Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
1) Vāsuki (वासुकि) is the name of a king of the Nāgas, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara chapter 6. The son of his brother, Kīrtisena, married Śrutārthā through the gāndharva marriage after seeing her bathe.
Vāsuki (वासुकि) is also mentioned as the king of the Nāgas (nāgarāj) according to the sixteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 90. Accordingly, as Mitrāvasu said to Jīmūtavāhana: “... when Vāsuki, the king of the snakes, saw that, he feared that his race would be annihilated at one fell swoop, so he supplicated Garuḍa, and made a compact with him, saying: ‘King of birds, I will send you one snake every day to this southern sea for your meal. But you must by no means enter Pātāla, for what advantage will you gain by destroying the snakes at one blow?’”.
2) Vāsuki (वासुकि) is the name of the eldest brother of Udayana, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 11. Udayana is the King of Vatsa born to king Sahasrānīka and his wife Mṛgāvatī. Vāsuki is mentioed as having given, once upon a time, a melodious lute.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vāsuki, 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: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—One of the eight kulas (‘families’) of nāgas mentioned by Soḍḍhala in his Udayasundarīkathā. Vāsuki, and other nāgas, reside in pātāla (the nether world) and can assume different forms at will. Their movement is unobstructed in the all the worlds and they appear beautiful, divine and strong.
The Udayasundarīkathā is a Sanskrit work in the campū style, narrating the story of the Nāga princess Udayasundarī and Malayavāhana, king of Pratiṣṭhāna. Soḍḍhala is a descendant of Kalāditya (Śilāditya’s brother) whom he praises as an incarnation of a gaṇa (an attendant of Śiva).Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—Name of a Nāga mentioned by Soḍḍhala.—Vāsuki is said to be the chief of the Pātāla region.
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’.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
Vāsuki (वासुकि) is the name of a nāga chief, presiding over Paratāla, according to the Parākhyatantra 5.44-45. Paratāla (also called Varatāla) refers to one of the seven pātālas (‘subterranean paradise’). The word pātāla in this tantra refers to subterranean paradises for seekers of otherworldly pleasures and each the seven pātālas is occupied by a regent of the daityas, nāgas and rākṣasas.
The Parākhyatantra is an old Śaiva-siddhānta tantra dating from before the 10th century.
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Ancient Science of Life: Snake bite treatment in Prayoga samuccayam
Vāsuki (वासुकि) refers to one of the eight primordial snakes, according to the 20th century Prayogasamuccaya (one of the most popular and widely practised book in toxicology in Malayalam).—The work classifies viṣa into two groups, viz. sthāvara and jaṅgama (animate and inanimate). This is followed by a brief description of the origin of snakes. A mythological story is narrated in this context. It is said that in the beginning, there were only 8 snakes, Ananta, Gulika, Vāsuki, Śaṅkhapālaka, Takṣaka, Mahāpadma, Padma and Karkoṭaka and that all other snakes originated from these.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology
Vasuki is a giant snake, the king of all serpents. Some stories put the name of the king of serpents as Takshaka, who was the snake who was responsible for Parikshit's death.
The most famous story in which Vasuki appears is the incident of churning the ocean of milk to obtain Amrit. Vasuki was used as the rope with which mount meru was bound to churn the ocean. The strain caused him to exhale Alahala, the most potent venom in the universe. There was the danger that this poison could destroy all living beings, which was averted by Shiva who swallowed the poison, turning his throat blue and earning him the sobriquet - Nilakanta (blue-throated).Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism
Vasuki : King of the Nagas or serpents who live in Patala. He was used by the gods and Asuras for a coil round the mountain Mandara at the churning of the ocean.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism
Vāsuki (वासुकि) is the name of a Nāga mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Vāsuki).Source: Google Books: Vajrayogini
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—Serpent deity (nāga) of the eastern cremation ground.—In the Śmaśānavidhi 5, Vāsuki is white, with a blue lotus on his hood. He makes the añjali, bowing before the lord before him.Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
Vāsuki (वासुकि) is the name of a serpent (nāga) associated with Caṇḍogra: the eastern cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te 12th century 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 nāga-kings (eg., Vāsuki) are variously known as nāgarāja, nāgeśa, nāgendra and bhujageśa and are depicted as wearing white ornaments according to Lūyīpāda’s Śmaśānavidhi. They have human tosos above their coiled snaketails and raised hoods above their heads. They each have their own color assigned and they bear a mark upon their raised hoods. They all make obeisance to the dikpati (protector) who is before them and are seated beneath the tree (vṛkṣa).Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
Vāsuki (वासुकि) refers to one of the eight serpent king (nāgendra) of the Guṇacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the guṇacakra refers to one of the four divisions of the sahaja-puṭa (‘innate layer’), situated within the padma (lotus) in the middle of the Herukamaṇḍala. Vāsuki is associated with the charnel grounds (śmaśāna) named Caṇḍogra; with the tree (vṛkṣa) named Śirīṣa; with the direction-guardians (dikpāla) named Indra and with the cloud king (meghendra) named Garjita.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—Name of a celebrated serpent, king of snakes (said to be a son of Kaśyapa); सर्पाणामस्मि वासुकिः (sarpāṇāmasmi vāsukiḥ) Bg.1.28; Ku.2.38; (hence vāsukeyasvasā means 'the sister of the snake-god', an epithet of the deity Manasā; L. D. B.).
Derivable forms: vāsukiḥ (वासुकिः).
See also (synonyms): vāsukeya.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-kiḥ) The serpent Vasuki, sovereign of the snakes and worn by Siva on his person. E. vasu a jewel, ka the head, or vasuka here said to be a name of Kasyapa, aff. of descent iñ .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—m. The serpent Vāsuki, sovereign of the snakes, [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 10, 28.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Vāsuki (वासुकि).—[masculine] [Name] of a genius & a serpent-king.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Vāsukī (वासुकी):—[from vāsuka] f. Name of a woman, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan]
2) Vāsuki (वासुकि):—m. ([from] vasuka) Name of a divine being, [Gobhila-śrāddha-kalpa; Kauśika-sūtra]
3) of a serpent-king (one of the three chief kings of the Nāgas, the other two being Śeṣa and Takṣaka; the gods and demons used the serpent Vāsuki as a rope for twisting round the mountain Mandara when they churned the ocean, [Religious Thought and Life in India 108, 233]), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.
4) of an author, [Pratāparudrīya [Scholiast or Commentator]]
5) of another man, [Pravara texts]
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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Ends with: Valayikritavasuki.
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List of Mahabharata people and places (by Laxman Burdak)
The Mahabharata (English) (by Kisari Mohan Ganguli)
Section XXXIX < [Astika Parva]
Section LIV < [Astika Parva]
Section XXXVIII < [Astika Parva]
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 41 - The Greatness of Prayāga < [Section 3 - Svarga-khaṇḍa (section on the heavens)]
Chapter 10 - Jālandhara’s Messenger Rāhu Meets Śiva < [Section 6 - Uttara-Khaṇḍa (Concluding Section)]
Chapter 4 - The birth of Lakṣmī < [Section 1 - Sṛṣṭi-khaṇḍa (section on creation)]
The Indian Buddhist Iconography (by Benoytosh Bhattachacharyya)
The Bhagavata Purana (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
Chapter 7 - Lord Siva Saves the Universe by Drinking Poison < [Canto VIII - Withdrawal of the Cosmic Creations]
Chapter 24 - Matsya, the Lord’s Fish Incarnation < [Canto VIII - Withdrawal of the Cosmic Creations]
Chapter 7 - The Descendants of King Mandhata < [Canto IX - Liberation]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 99 - The Greatness of Nāgeśvara Tīrtha < [Section 3 - Revā-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 11 - Churning for the Nectar: Birth of the Poison Kālakūṭa < [Section 9 - Vāsudeva-māhātmya]
Chapter 12 - Churning of the Ocean: Birth of Fourteen Precious Jewels < [Section 9 - Vāsudeva-māhātmya]