Vasumitra: 8 definitions



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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vasumitra (वसुमित्र).—An ancient Kṣatriya King. It is stated in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Stanza 41 that this King was born from a portion of the asura named Vikṣara, the son of Danāyu.

2) Vasumitra (वसुमित्र).—A King born of the dynasty of Śuṅga. It is mentioned in Bhāgavata, Skandha 10, that Bhadraka, otherwise called Udaṅka was the son of this King.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vasumitra (वसुमित्र).—A son of Sujyeṣṭha (Vasujyeṣṭha, Matsya-purāṇa) and father of Bhadraka (Udanka, Viṣṇu-purāṇa); ruled for ten years.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 17; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 152; Matsya-purāṇa 272. 28; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 339; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 35.
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Source: The Chronological History of Buddhism

Vasumitra I (1500-1420 BCE).—Buddhist sources tell us that Vasumitra I lived 400 years after Buddha nirvana. He was the philosopher of Mulasarvastivadin school of Buddhism. He wrot e a treatise named “Samaya -bhedopa-rachana- chakra”. According to the list of Sarvastivadins given in Buddhist sources, Vasumitra I was the second after Katyayana. There was another Vasumitra (Vasumitra II) during the time of Kushana Kanishka.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The epoch of the Mahavira-nirvana

Vasumitra dynasty according to Harivamsa Purana and Tiloyapannati.—Starting from the epoch of Mahavira nirvana (1189 BCE), Palaka ruled for 60 years, Vishaya kings for 150 years, Murundas for 40 years, Pushpamitra for 30 years, Vasumitra & Agnimitra for 60 years, Gandhavvaya or Rasabha kings for 100 years, Naravahana for 40 years, Bhattubanas for 242 years and Guptas for 231 years.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vasumitra (वसुमित्र).—name of a teacher: Mahāvyutpatti 3487.

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Vasumitrā (वसुमित्रा).—name of a bhāgavatī (q.v.): Gaṇḍavyūha 201.11, 26 ff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vasumitra (वसुमित्र).—[masculine] a man’s name.

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

Vasumitra (वसुमित्र):—[=vasu-mitra] [from vasu > vas] m. Name of various men, [Mahābhārata; Mālavikāgnimitra; Purāṇa etc.]

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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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