Vedashiras, Vedaśiras: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Vedaśiras can be transliterated into English as Vedasiras or Vedashiras, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vedashiras in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vedaśiras (वेदशिरस्).—A hermit born in the clan of Bhṛgu. He was born to the hermit Mārkaṇḍeya by his wife Mūrdhanyā otherwise called Dhūmrā. Pīvarī was the wife of Vedaśiras. (Brahma: 2, 11, 7; Vāyu Purāṇa 28: 6).

While Vedaśiras was doing penance once, a celestial maid named Śuci came to make him deviate from penance. A daughter was born to him by her. Yamadharma wished to kidnap that daughter. Vedaśiras cursed Yamadharma to become a river. (Skanda Purāṇa, 4: 259).

2) Vedaśiras (वेदशिरस्).—A hermit. He was the son born to Kṛśāśva by his wife Dhiṣaṇā. Vedaśiras learned Viṣṇu Purāṇa from the Nāgas (serpents) in Pātāla (underworld) and taught it to his disciple Pramati. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, 6: 8: 47).

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Vedaśiras (वेदशिरस्) is the son of Prāṇa who was born from Āyati (son of Meru) and Dhātā: one of the three daughters of Bhṛgu and Khyāti, according to the Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Dhātā and Vidhātā became the Sons-in-law of Meru marrying Āyati and Niyati respectively. Prāṇa was born form Dhātā and Mṛkaṇḍu was born from Vidhātā. Prāṇa had a son named Vedaśiras and the son of Mṛkaṇḍu was Mārkaṇḍeya.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vedashiras in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Vedaśiras (वेदशिरस्):—[=veda-śiras] [from veda] 1. veda-śiras n. (for 2. See under 3. veda) ‘head of the Veda’, Name of a mythical weapon, [Catalogue(s)]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Ṛṣi (son of Mārkaṇḍeya and Mūrdhanyā, progenitor of the Bhārgava Brāhmans), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Prāṇa, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

4) [v.s. ...] of a son of Kṛśāśva (cf. -śira), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] ([Bombay edition])

5) [=veda-śiras] [from veda] 2. veda-śiras n. (for 1. See p. 1016, col. 2) the head or broom end of the V° (cf. [preceding]), [Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

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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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