Vibhuti, Vibhūti: 15 definitions

Introduction

Vibhuti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction

Vibhuti - The sublimated power of procreation. Kāma or Eros was destroyed and turned into ashes by the ray from the third-eye of Shiva. Ashes also symbolise the ultimate transience of everything.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vibhūti (विभूति).—One of Viśvāmitra’s sons who were expounders of the Vedas. Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 4, Stanza 57).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vibhūti (विभूति).—A name of Śrī (Lakṣmī). Her abode in the chest of the Lord; wife of Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 18. 20; III. 16. 20; 28. 26; V. 20. 40; VI. 16. 25; 19. 8.

1b) Of Hari; Indra among gods, Viṣṇu among Ādityas, Bhṛgu among Brahmaṛṣis and so on.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 16. 9-40; Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 329.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vibhūti (विभूति) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.4.56, XIII.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vibhūti) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Vibhūti (विभूति) refers to “bhagavān’s divine opulences”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Vibhūti.—(IA 12), holy ashes; same as vibhoga. (SITI), also called vibhūti-kāṇikkai in Tamil inscriptions; originally, voluntary contribution to a temple by the devotees while receiving the sacred ashes; later, it was collected as a tax. Note: vibhūti is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vibhūti : (f.) splendour; glory.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Vibhūti, (f.) (fr. vi+bhavati) 1. (cp. vibhūta 2) destruction, ruin Th. 1, 1018 (°nandin=malign).—2. (cp. vibhava 1) splendour, majesty, glory J. V, 305; PvA. 133 (dāna°), 216 (rāja°). (Page 630)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vibhūti (विभूति).—f S Ashes (of dung, wood &c.) with which Shiva is said to have smeared his body, and employed now, in imitation of him, by devotees. Grandeur, glory, majesty, magnificence. 3 Superhuman power consisting of eight faculties especially attributed to Shiva, and supposed to be attainable through a course of austere worship in honor of Shiva and his wife Durga. The eight are a- ṇimā Extreme minuteness or invisibility, laghimā Extreme lightness or incorporeality, garimā Power of increasing one's weight ad infinitum, prāpti Reach or power of attaining unto anything, prākāmya The fulfilment of every wish, mahimā Illimitable bulk, īśitā Sovereignty or supreme dominion, vaśitā The power of enchanting or of holding in obedience Nature with her works and laws. 4 The term is applied, by a figure, to a person distinguished for learning, riches &c. vibhūtīcēṃ mūḷa rēḍyācē gāṇḍīnta (Of sanctity, sacredness, or honorableness, the origin and rise may have been out of foulness and baseness.) Used in remarking upon the pretensions to holiness or greatness of one whose primitive condition was impure or mean.

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

vibhūti (विभूति).—f Ashes. Grandeur. Super-human power. A Hero, great personage.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vibhūti (विभूति).—f. Might, power, greatness; सा विभूतिरनुभावसंपदां भूयसी तव (sā vibhūtiranubhāvasaṃpadāṃ bhūyasī tava) Śi.14.5; Ku.2.61.

2) Prosperity, welfare; अघोपघातं मघवा विभूत्यै भवोद्भवाराधनमादिदेश (aghopaghātaṃ maghavā vibhūtyai bhavodbhavārādhanamādideśa) Ki. 11.8.

3) Dignity, exalted rank.

4) Riches, plenty, magnificence, splendour; ममैष कामो भूतानां यद् भूयासुर्वि- भूतयः (mamaiṣa kāmo bhūtānāṃ yad bhūyāsurvi- bhūtayaḥ) Bhāg.6.4.44; अहो राजाधिराजमन्त्रिणो विभूतिः (aho rājādhirājamantriṇo vibhūtiḥ) Mu.3; R.8.36.

5) Wealth, riches; (lokān) त्रीनत्यरोच उपलभ्य ततो विभूतिम् (trīnatyaroca upalabhya tato vibhūtim) Bhāg.1.16.34; विभूतयस्तदीयानां पर्यस्ता यशसामिव (vibhūtayastadīyānāṃ paryastā yaśasāmiva) R.4.19;6.76;17.43.

6) Superhuman power (which consists of eight faculties, aṇiman, laghiman, prāpti, prākāmya, mahiman, īśitā, vaśitā and kāmāvasāyitā); Ku.2.11.

7) Ashes of cow-dung.

8) Name of Lakṣmī; हित्वेतरान् प्रार्थयतो विभूतिर्यस्याङ्घ्रिरेणुं जुषतेऽनभीप्सोः (hitvetarān prārthayato vibhūtiryasyāṅghrireṇuṃ juṣate'nabhīpsoḥ) Bhāg.1.18.2.

9) Expansion (vistāra); एतां विभूतिं योग च मम यो वेत्ति तत्त्वतः (etāṃ vibhūtiṃ yoga ca mama yo vetti tattvataḥ) Bg.1.7.

1) Disposition; क्षेत्रज्ञ एता मनसो विभूतीर्जीवस्य मायारचितस्य नित्याः (kṣetrajña etā manaso vibhūtīrjīvasya māyāracitasya nityāḥ) Bhāg.5.11.12.

Derivable forms: vibhūtiḥ (विभूतिः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vibhūti (विभूति).—n. of a Bodhisattva: Gv 442.8 (°teḥ, gen.).

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

Vibhūti (विभूति).—f.

(-tiḥ) 1. Superhuman power, consisting of eight faculties especially attributed to Siva, and supposed to be attainable by human beings, through a course of austere worship, attended with magical rites, in honor of that deity and his spouse Durga: the eight properties thus supposed to be assumable at will are:- aṇimā extreme minuteness or invisibility; laghimā extreme light- ness or incorporeality; prāpti attaining or reaching any thing, as illustrated by the power of touching the moon with the tip of the finger; prākāmyaṃ the fulfilment of every wish; mahimā illimitable bulk; īśitā supreme dominion over animate or inanimate nature; vaśitā the power of enchanting or changing the course of nature, and kāmāvaśāyitā the accomplishment of every promise or engagement. 2. Power, dignity, dominion. 3. Ashes of cow-dung, &c. with which Siva is said to have smeared his body, and thenee used in imitation of him by devotees. 4. Prosperity. 5. Wealth. E. vi implying change of form, &c., bhū to be, aff. ktin .

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

1) Vibhūti (विभूति):—[=vi-bhūti] [from vi-bhū] mfn. penetrating, pervading, [Nirukta, by Yāska]

2) [v.s. ...] abundant, plentiful, [Ṛg-veda]

3) [v.s. ...] mighty, powerful, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] presiding over ([genitive case]), [ib. viii, 50, 6]

5) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Sādhya, [Harivaṃśa]

6) [v.s. ...] of a son of Viśvāmitra, [Mahābhārata]

7) [v.s. ...] of a king, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

8) [v.s. ...] f. development, multiplication, expansion, plenty, abundance, [Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara] etc.

9) [v.s. ...] manifestation of might, great power, superhuman power (consisting of eight faculties, especially attributed to Śiva, but supposed also to be attainable by human beings through worship of that deity, viz. aṇiman, the power of becoming as minute as an atom; laghiman, extreme lightness; prāpti, attaining or reaching anything e.g. the moon with the tip of the finger ; prākāmya, irresistible will; mahiman, illimitable bulk; īśitā, supreme dominion; vaśitā, subjugating by magic; and kāmāvasāyitā, the suppressing all desires), [ib.]

10) [v.s. ...] a [particular] Śakti, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

11) [v.s. ...] the might of a king or great lord, sovereign power, greatness, [Kālidāsa; Pañcatantra; Kathāsaritsāgara] etc.

12) [v.s. ...] successful issue (of a sacrifice), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

13) [v.s. ...] splendour, glory, magnificence, [Harivaṃśa; Raghuvaṃśa; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

14) [v.s. ...] fortune, welfare, prosperity, [Praśna-upaniṣad; Mahābhārata] etc.

15) [v.s. ...] (also [plural]) riches, wealth, opulence, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra; Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara]

16) [v.s. ...] Name of Lakṣmi (the goddess of fortune and welfare), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

17) [v.s. ...] the ashes of cow-dung etc. (with which Śiva is said to smear his body, and hence used in imitation of him by devotees), [Pañcarātra; Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

18) [v.s. ...] (in music) a [particular] Śruti, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]

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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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