Vibhavasu, aka: Vibha-vasu, Vibhāvasu; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vibhāvasu (विभावसु).—One of the eight principal ministers of Mahiṣāsura, an asura chieftain from the city Mahiṣa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 93. All of these ministers were learned, valiant and just.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Vibhāvasu (विभावसु).—A hermit who got angry quickly. This hermit cursed his brother Supratīka. (See under Garuḍa, para 5).

2) Vibhāvasu (विभावसु).—A hermit. This hermit respected Yudhiṣṭhira much. (Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 26, Stanza 24).

3) Vibhāvasu (विभावसु).—One of the sons born to Prajāpati Kaśyapa by his wife Danu. Vibhāvasu also was present at the battle between Vṛtrāsura and Indra. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 6).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Vibhāvasu (विभावसु).—A Vasu worshipped for tejas;1 wife Uṣā who bore three sons, Vyuṣṭha, Rociṣa and Ātapa;2 fought with Mahiṣa in the Devāsura war.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 3. 3; XI. 26. 3.
  • 2) Ib. VI. 6. 11 and 16.
  • 3) Ib. VIII. 10. 32.

1b) A son of Danu; a follower of Vṛtra in his battle with Indra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 30; 10 [20].

1c) A son of Mura (s.v.).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 59. 12.

1d) A name of Sūrya.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 83.

1e) A Pratardana god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 30.

1f) Was abandoned by his wife Dyutī for Soma;1 Yayāti of Kuruvaṃśa compared to.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 23. 24.
  • 2) Ib. 35. 8.

1g) The king of elephants.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 237.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vibhāvasu (विभावसु).—There is a story of “Two brothers” in the Ādiparva of the Mahābhārata. The two brothers, Vibhāvasu and Supratīka are fighting for sharing their father’s property. Their dispute is going on births after births.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (mahābhārata)
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Vibhāvasu (विभावसु) is the name of a great warrior (mahāratha) who fought on Śrutaśarman’s side but was slain by Prabhāsa, who participated in the war against Sūryaprabha, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 48. Accordingly: “... then four more great warriors, armed with bows, sent by Śrutaśarman, surrounded Prabhāsa:... the third was Vibhāvasu, king of the mountain Jayapura”.

The story of Vibhāvasu was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vibhāvasu, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Vibhāvasu (विभावसु).—

1) the sun.

2) fire; रचयिष्यामि तनुं विभावसौ (racayiṣyāmi tanuṃ vibhāvasau) Ku.4.34; R.3.37;1.82; तेजश्चास्मि विभावसौ (tejaścāsmi vibhāvasau) Bg.7.9.

3) the moon.

4) a kind of necklace.

Derivable forms: vibhāvasuḥ (विभावसुः).

Vibhāvasu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vibhā and vasu (वसु).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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