Vibhu; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

[Vibhu in Vastushastra glossaries]

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 (eg. 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.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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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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[Vibhu in Purana glossaries]

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): Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

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): Puranic Encyclopaedia

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.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Vibhu in Jainism glossaries]

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.

(Source): Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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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

[Vibhu in Marathi glossaries]

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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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vibhū (विभू).—m Military array.

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

[Vibhu in Sanskrit glossaries]

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): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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