Vatuka, aka: Vaṭuka; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Vatuka in Purana glossaries]

Vaṭuka (वटुक) refers to the four sons of Sudarśana and his wife Dukūlā according to chapter 13 of the Koṭirudra-Saṃhitā of the Śiva-purāṇa that were consecrated by Śiva in the four quarters. Accordingly (verse 57-60), “Because they had been established by Śiva and Śivā they are known as Vaṭukas. Those who neglect penance are known as Tapodhamas. Thanks to the mercy of Śiva and Śivā they expanded in various ways. Their worship at the outset is the great worship of Śiva, the supreme soul. No worship shall be performed by any person as long as he has not performed Śiva’s worship. If it is performed it does not turn out to be auspicious. Whether auspicious or inauspicious, the Vaṭuka is not to be eschewed. In the Prājāpatya rite and at the feast a single Vaṭu is considered excellent.”

(Source): Wisdom Library: Shiva Purana
Purana book cover
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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

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Vatuka in Theravada glossaries]

A Damila, paramour of Anula. He reigned for one year and two months and was then poisoned by her. He was originally a carpenter in Anuradhapura. Mhv.xxxiv.19f.; Dpv.xx.27.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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