Vatsya, Vātsya: 7 definitions

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Vatsya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Vātsya (वात्स्य) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Vātsya) various roles suitable to them.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35.—“Kohala and others together with Vātsya, Śāṇḍilya, and Dhūrtila (Dattila) stayed in this earth for some time as mortals, and put into practice this Śāstra which augments the intellect of men, deals with the deeds of the three worlds and is a specimen of all other Śāstras”.

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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).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vātsya (वात्स्य).—A hermit belonging to the Guruparamparā (the line of teachers). It was this hermit Vātsya who wrote the famous Vātsyāyana Sūtra (the science of Amour). He was one of the guests at the serpant-sacrifice (Sarpasatra) of Janamejaya. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva Chapter 53, Stanza 9). He visited Bhīṣma who lay on the bed of arrows. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 47, Stanza). See under Guruparamparā.

2) Vātsya (वात्स्य).—A country famous in the Purāṇas. This country has the name Vatsa also. (See under Vatsa)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vātsya (वात्स्य).—A pupil of (Vedamitra) Śākalya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 6. 57; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 22.

1b) A gotrakāra (Bhārgava).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 17.

1c) A Vājin; son of Vatsa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 25; 92. 73.

1d) A son of Gārgya.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 92. 73.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vātsya (वात्स्य) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.48.9, I.53) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vātsya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Vātsya (वात्स्य).—[adjective] relating to Vatsa; [masculine] as patron.

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

1) Vatsya (वत्स्य):—[from vatsa] m. [plural] = vatsa-deśāh, [Rāmāyaṇa] ([Bombay edition])

2) [v.s. ...] [wrong reading] for vatsa, [Mahābhārata]

3) Vātsya (वात्स्य):—[from vātsa] mfn. treating of Vatsa, [Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

4) [v.s. ...] m. [patronymic] [from] vatsa [gana] gargādi

5) [v.s. ...] Name of an ancient teacher, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

6) [v.s. ...] of an astronomer, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi] : [plural] Name of a people, [Mahābhārata]

7) [from vātsa] n. [gana] pṛthv-ādi.

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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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