Vayubhaksha, Vāyubhakṣa, Vayu-bhaksha: 6 definitions

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Vayubhaksha 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.

The Sanskrit term Vāyubhakṣa can be transliterated into English as Vayubhaksa or Vayubhaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vāyubhakṣa (वायुभक्ष).—An ancient hermit. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 13, that this hermit had been a prominent figure in the palace of Yudhiṣṭhira.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vāyubhakṣa (वायुभक्ष).—m.

1) one who feeds only on air (as an ascetic).

2) a snake; cf. पवनाशन (pavanāśana).

Derivable forms: vāyubhakṣaḥ (वायुभक्षः).

Vāyubhakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vāyu and bhakṣa (भक्ष). See also (synonyms): vāyubhakṣaṇa, vāyubhuj.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vāyubhakṣa (वायुभक्ष).—mfn.

(-kṣaḥ-kṣā-kṣaṃ) Eating air, fasting. m.

(-kṣaḥ) 1. A snake. 2. An ascetic who lives on air. E. vāyu wind, and bhakṣa who eats.

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

Vāyubhakṣa (वायुभक्ष).—I. adj., f. ṣā. 1. feeding on air, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 51, 1. 2. fasting, Chr. 46, 20. Ii. m. 1. an ascetic. 2. a snake.

Vāyubhakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vāyu and bhakṣa (भक्ष).

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

Vāyubhakṣa (वायुभक्ष).—[adjective] living on air.

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

1) Vāyubhakṣa (वायुभक्ष):—[=vāyu-bhakṣa] [from vāyu] mf(ā)n. eating (only) air, living on air, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a snake, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] an ascetic, [Horace H. Wilson]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a Muni, [Mahābhārata]

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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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