Vasuman, Vasumān: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Vasumān (वसुमान्):—One of the ten sons of Śrāddhadeva (current Manu) and Śraddhā. In other places this name is sometimes replaced with Nṛga. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa )

2) Vasumān (वसुमान्):—Son of Śrutāyu (one of the six sons of Purūravā and Urvaśī). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.15.2)

3) Vasumān (वसुमान्):—One of the many sons of Jamadagni (son of Satyavatī) and Reṇukā. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.15.12-13)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vasumān (वसुमान्).—(vasumanas) A King of the dynasty of Ikṣvāku. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order. Brahmā-Marīci-Kaśyapa-Vivasvān-Vaivasvata Manu-Ikṣvāku-Vikukṣi-Śaśāda-Kakutstha (Purañjaya)Anenas-Pṛthulāśva-Viṣvagaśva-Prasenajit-Yuvanāśva-Māndhātā-Purukutsa-Trasadasyu-Anaraṇya-Haryaśva-Vasumanas. (See full article at Story of Vasumān from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Vasumān (वसुमान्).—(vasumanas) A King who was famous in the council of Yudhiṣṭhira. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 32).

3) Vasumān (वसुमान्).—(vasumanas) A fire. It is stated in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 221, Stanza 27, that if a woman during her monthly course happens to touch the holy fire, an aṣṭakapāla should be offered to the fire Vasumān. This fire called Vasumān now stays in the palace of Brahmā. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 11, stanza 30).

4) Vasumān (वसुमान्).—(vasumanas) A prince of the family of Janaka. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Śānti Parva, Chapter 309, that a hermit had given him exhortations regarding righteousness.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vasuman (वसुमन्).—A son of Vaivasvata Manu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 3.

1b) A son of Śrutāyu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 15. 2.

1c) A son of Jamadagni.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 15. 13.

1d) A son of Kṛṣṇa and Jāmbavatī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 61. 12.

1e) A son of Vasiṣṭha, and one of the seven sages of the Vaivasvata epoch.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 38. 29; Vāyu-purāṇa 64. 27, 30; 65. 46-7.

1f) With Aṣṭaka, Pratardana and Śibi, all grandsons of Yayāti by his daughter, performed a sacrifice and in that hall Yayāti fallen from heaven, spoke with them and went back to heaven;1 discourse of, with Yayāti on different things of heaven;2 went to heaven with the above.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 35. 5.
  • 2) Ib. 38. 22; 41. 18; 42. 1f.
  • 3) Ib. 42. 14, 26 and 28.
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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Vasumān (वसुमान्) [=Vasumat] refers to a mountain belonging to “Uttaratas or Uttaradeśa (northern division)” classified under the constellations of Śatabhiṣaj, Pūrvabhādrapada and Uttarabhādrapada, according to the system of Kūrmavibhāga, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 14), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The countries of the Earth beginning from the centre of Bhāratavarṣa and going round the east, south-east, south, etc., are divided into 9 divisions corresponding to the 27 lunar asterisms at the rate of 3 for each division and beginning from Kṛttikā. The constellations of Śatabhiṣaj, Pūrvabhādrapada and Uttarabhādrapada represent the northern division consisting of [i.e., Vasumān] [...]”.

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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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