Vibhu: 19 definitions



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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Vibhu (विभु) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Puṣpaka, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 49. The Puṣpaka group contains ten out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under five prime vimānas (aerial car/palace), which were created by Brahmā for as many gods (including himself). This group represents temples (e.g. Vibhu) that are to be square and rectangular or oblong in shape. The prāsādas, or ‘temples’, represent the dwelling place of God and are to be built in towns. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Vibhu (विभु).—The son of Prastotā, who was the son of Udgātā, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Udgātā was the son of Abhāva, whose ancestral lineage can be traced to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being. Vibhu had a son named Pṛthu.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vibhu (विभु).—A King of the family of Bharata. It is mentioned in Bhāgavata, Skandha 5, that he was the son of Prastotā and the father of Pṛthuṣeṇa.

2) Vibhu (विभु).—Indra of the age of the fifth Manu. (See under Manvantara).

3) Vibhu (विभु).—Brother of Śakuni. Bhīmasena killed him in the Bhārata-battle. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 157, Stanza 23).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vibhu (विभु).—A name of Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 9. 16.

1b) A son of Dakṣiṇā and a Tuṣita god.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 7-8.

1c) A name of Śiva.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 4. 9.

1d) A son of Prastāva (i); wife Ratī, and son Pṛthusena.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 15. 6; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 67.

1e) A son of Bhaga and Siddhi.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 18. 2.

1f) A son of Vedaśiras and Tuṣitā. From him 88,000 sages learnt celibate life.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 1. 21-22.

1g) The Indra of the Raivata epoch.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 5. 3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 61; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 20.

1h) A name of Brahmā.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 3. 29; X. 1. 18.

1i) agni (Dhiṣṇi).*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 20.

1j) A deva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 95; Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 8.

1k) A sādhya god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 17; Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 16.

1l) The son of Satyaketu; father of Suvibhu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 67. 75; Vāyu-purāṇa 92. 71. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 8. 20.

1m) One of the twenty Amitābha gods.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 16.

1n) A son of Pratyūṣa, a Vasava;1 a Sādhya.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 5. 27.
  • 2) Ib. 203. 12.

1o) A son of Śrutamjaya, ruled for 28 years.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 271. 24.

1p) (Vasu) a grandson of Svāyambhuva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 17; 33. 9.

1q) A son of Pratāvī (Prāstāvī, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 57; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 1. 37.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Vibhu (विभु):—Being everywhere, all pervading, omnipresent. An attribute of Atma.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vibhu (विभु) refers to “one who is pervasive” and is used to describe Ardhanarīśvara, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Bhadrakālī said to Śrīkaṇṭha: “[...] (You are) he, the Siddha who has been pierced (by the power of the Command) and, made of universal bliss, is accompanied by Yogeśvarī. He is Śaṃkara's lord; supreme, he has five faces, three eyes, holds a spear and, adorned with matted hair and crown, (his) divine body is covered with ashes. He is the pervasive [i.e., vibhu] lord Ardhanarīśvara. Beautiful he is, stainless as pure crystal. (He is) the Lord (īśvara), supreme Śambhu, who bears a divine form and is auspicious. O Mahādeva, the three-eyed one, who, self-generated, is such as was repeatedly praised with greatly divine and mental hymns”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu

Vibhu (विभु) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Vibhu] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vibhu (विभु).—a S All-pervading (whether all space or all time); ubiquitous, omnipresent, eternal. Ex. vibhu tō avatārī.

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vibhū (विभू).—m (vyūha S) Military array; an arrangement of troops in any form or figure.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

vibhu (विभु).—a All-pervading. Omnipresent.

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vibhū (विभू).—m Military array.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vibhu (विभु).—a. (-bhū, -bhvī f.) Mighty, powerful.

2) Eminent, supreme.

3) Able to, capable of (with inf.); (dhanuḥ) पूरयितुं भवन्ति विभवः शिखरमणिरुचः (pūrayituṃ bhavanti vibhavaḥ śikharamaṇirucaḥ) Ki. 5.43.

4) Self-subdued, firm, self-controlled; कमपरमवशं न विप्रकुर्यु- र्विभुमपि तं यदमी स्पृशन्ति भावाः (kamaparamavaśaṃ na viprakuryu- rvibhumapi taṃ yadamī spṛśanti bhāvāḥ) Ku.6.95.

5) (In Nyāya phil.) Eternal, existing everywhere, all-pervading, pervading all material things; सर्वमूर्तद्रव्यसंयोगित्वं विभुत्वम् (sarvamūrtadravyasaṃyogitvaṃ vibhutvam)

6) Firm, hard.

-bhuḥ 1 Ether.

2) Space.

3) Time.

4) The soul.

5) A lord, ruler, master, sovereign, king.

6) The supreme ruler; नादत्ते कस्यचित् पापं न चैव सुकृतं विभुः (nādatte kasyacit pāpaṃ na caiva sukṛtaṃ vibhuḥ) Bg.5.15;1.12; प्रकृतेर्विभुत्वयोगात् (prakṛtervibhutvayogāt) Sāṅkhya K.42.

7) A servant.

8) Name of Brahman.

9) Of Śiva; विभुमपि तं यदमी स्पृशन्ति भावाः (vibhumapi taṃ yadamī spṛśanti bhāvāḥ) Ku.6.95;7.31; Mu.1.1.

1) Of Viṣṇu.

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Vibhū (विभू).—1 P.

1) To appear, become manifest.

2) To be equal to, suffice for; एकमेव तदेकं सन्न व्यभवत् (ekameva tadekaṃ sanna vyabhavat) Bṛ. Up. 1.4.11; Bhāg.5.1.12.

3) To pervade; आत्मन्यदृच्छया प्राप्तं विबुभूषुरुपाददे (ātmanyadṛcchayā prāptaṃ vibubhūṣurupādade) Bhāg.2.5.21.

4) To be able, be capable of, prevail. -Caus.

1) To think of, reflect, contemplate.

2) To be aware of, know, perceive, discover, see; तामिन्दुसुन्दरमुखीं सुचिरं विभाव्य (tāmindusundaramukhīṃ suciraṃ vibhāvya) Māl.1.18; 5.21; न विभाव्यन्ते लघवो वित्तविहीनाः पुरोऽपि निवसन्तः (na vibhāvyante laghavo vittavihīnāḥ puro'pi nivasantaḥ) Pt.5. 7; U.2.24.

3) To see or observe minutely, perceive carefully; V.4.

4) To decide, settle, make clear.

5) To manifest, show, reveal; यशः परंजगति विभाव्य वर्तिता (yaśaḥ paraṃjagati vibhāvya vartitā) Mb.7.2.15.

5) To separate.

6) To suppose, imagine.

7) To convince.

8) To establish, prove; तव सुचरितमङ्गुलीय नूनं प्रतनु ममेव विभाव्यते फलेन (tava sucaritamaṅgulīya nūnaṃ pratanu mameva vibhāvyate phalena) Ś.6.11.

9) To protect; लोकान् विभावयसि हंसि जगत्प्रतीपान् (lokān vibhāvayasi haṃsi jagatpratīpān) Bhāg.7.9.38.

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

Vibhu (विभु).—mfn. (-bhuḥ-bhuḥ or bhvī-bhu) 1. Omnipresent, all-pervading. 2. Always, eternal. 3. Firm, solid, hard. 4. Powerful. m.

(-bhuḥ) 1. A master, an owner. 2. Siva. 3. Brahma. 4. Vishnu. 5. A servant. 6. Æther. 7. Space. 8. Time. 9. The soul. E. vi before bhū to be, aff. ḍu .

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

Vibhu (विभु).—i. e. vi-bhū, I. adj. 1. Omnipresent. 2. All-pervading, pervading, Bhāṣāp. 50; 93. 3. Eternal. 4. Firm, solid. Ii. m. 1. A master, a lord, [Pañcatantra] 202, 10; Chr. 33, 2; used particularly in addressing, [Indralokāgamana] 1, 39; Chr. 13, 15; 17, 27. 2. One who is able (with infin.), [Kirātārjunīya] 5, 43. 3. Śiva. 4. Brahman. 5. Viṣṇu. 6. The soul. 7. Time. 8. Space. 9. Æther. 10. A servant.

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

Vibhu (विभु).—[feminine] vibhū & vibhvī far-reaching, pervading, omnipresent; abundant, intense, powerful, mighty, able to (infin). [masculine] lord, ruler, chief of (—°), [Epithet] of Brahman, Viṣṇu, & Śiva; [Name] of a god etc.

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Vibhū (विभू).—[feminine] vibhū & vibhvī far-reaching, pervading, omnipresent; abundant, intense, powerful, mighty, able to (infin). [masculine] lord, ruler, chief of (—°), [Epithet] of Brahman, Viṣṇu, & Śiva; [Name] of a god etc.

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

1) Vibhu (विभु):—[=vi-bhu] a etc. See [column]3.

2) Vibhū (विभू):—[=vi-√bhū] a [Parasmaipada] -bhavati, to arise, be developed or manifested, expand, appear, [Ṛg-veda; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Muṇḍaka-upaniṣad];

2) —to suffice, be adequate or equal to or a match for ([dative case] or [accusative]), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa];

2) —to pervade, fill, [Pañcaviṃśa-brāhmaṇa];

2) —to be able to or capable of ([infinitive mood]), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa];

2) —to exist (in a-vibhavat, ‘not existing’), [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]:

2) —[Causal] -bhāvayati, to cause to arise or appear, develop, manifest, reveal, show forth, display, [Śāṅkhāyana-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata] etc.;

2) —to pretend, feign, [Manvarthamuktāvalī, kullūka bhaṭṭa’s Commentary on manu-smṛti on Manu-smṛti viii, 362];

2) —to divide, separate, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa];

2) —to perceive distinctly, find out, discover, ascertain, know, acknowledge, recognise as ([accusative]), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.;

2) —to regard or consider as, take for (two [accusative]), [Kuvalayānanda];

2) —to suppose, fancy, imagine, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa; Pañcarātra];

2) —to think, reflect, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Pañcatantra];

2) —to suppose anything of or about ([locative case]), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa];

2) —to make clear, establish, prove, decide, [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya];

2) —to convict, convince, [Yājñavalkya; Daśakumāra-carita] :

2) —[Passive voice] of [Causal] -bhāvyate, to be considered or regarded as, appear, seem ([nominative case]), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature etc.] :—[Desiderative] See -bubhūṣā:—[Intensive] See -bobhuvat.

3) Vibhu (विभु):—[=vi-bhu] [from vi-bhū] b mfn. or See vibhū

4) Vibhū (विभू):—[=vi-bhū] [from vi-bhu] b or vibhu, mf(ū or )n. ([Vedic or Veda]) being everywhere, far-extending, all-pervading, omnipresent, eternal, [Ṛg-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Upaniṣad; Mahābhārata] etc.

5) [v.s. ...] abundant, plentiful, [Ṛg-veda; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Brāhmaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] mighty, powerful, excellent, great, strong, effective, able to or capable of ([infinitive mood]), [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

7) [v.s. ...] firm, solid, hard, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] m. a lord, ruler, sovereign, king (also applied to Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and Śiva), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

9) [v.s. ...] (ifc.) chief of or among, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

10) [v.s. ...] a servant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] the sun, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] the moon, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) [v.s. ...] Name of Kubera, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ([Horace H. Wilson] also ‘ether; space; time; the soul’)

14) [v.s. ...] Name of a god (son of Veda-śiras and Tuṣitā), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

15) [v.s. ...] of a class of gods under Manu Sāvarṇi, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

16) [v.s. ...] of Indra under Manu Raivata and under the 7th Manu, [ib.; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

17) [v.s. ...] of a son of Viṣṇu and Dakṣiṇā, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

18) [v.s. ...] of a son of Bhaga and Siddhi, [ib.]

19) [v.s. ...] of Buddha, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

20) [v.s. ...] of a brother of Śakuni, [Mahābhārata]

21) [v.s. ...] of a son of Śambara, [Harivaṃśa]

22) [v.s. ...] of a son of Satya-ketu and father of Su-vibhu, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

23) [v.s. ...] of a son of Dharma-ketu and father of Su-kumāra, [ib.]

24) [v.s. ...] of a son of Varṣa-ketu or Satya-ketu and father of Ānarta, [Harivaṃśa]

25) [v.s. ...] of a son of Prastāva and Niyutsā, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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

27) [v.s. ...] m. [plural] Name of the Ṛbhus, [Ṛg-veda]

28) [=vi-bhū] c in [compound] for vi-bhu

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

Vibhu (विभु):—[(bhuḥ-bhuḥ-bhvī-bhu)] 2. m. A master; owner; Brahmā; a servant; the soul; ether; space; time. a. Omnipresent; eternal; solid.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Vibhu (विभु) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vibhu.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Vibhu (विभु):—(nm) God-the all-pervading, omnipresent; mighty; powerful, omnipotent.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Vibhu (विभु) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Vibhu.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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