Vicitravirya, Vicitravīrya, Vicitra-virya: 11 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Vichitravirya.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य):—Brother of Bādarāyaṇa (Vyāsadeva). He married Ambikā and her sister Ambālikā, but died of a heart attack because of his attachment to them.. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.22.21-24)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य).—Father of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. (For further details see under Dhṛtarāṣṭra).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य).—A Kṣetraja son of Matsyagandhī;1 a son of Śantanu and Dāsayī: married the two daughters of the Kāśī king—Ambikā and Ambālikā, gained in svayaṃvara by Bhīṣma. Being too much attached to them he took ill and died.2 By his appointment Kṛṣṇadvaipāyana gave two sons Dhṛtarāṣṭṛa, and Pāṇḍu to Ambikā and Vidura to Ambālikā, his queens.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 14. 17; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 20. 34.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 21-4; X. 49. 17; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 70; Vāyu-purāṇa 73. 18; 99. 240; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 20. 36-7.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 50. 45-7.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.63.95, I.63) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vicitravīrya) 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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Vichitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य): Vichitravirya was Bhishma's half brother, the younger son of queen Satyavati and king Santanu. Chitrangada, the elder brother of Vichitravirya, succeeded Santanu to the throne of Hastinapura. When he died childless, Vichitravirya, became king. He had two sons, Dhritarashtra and Pandu.

Source: JatLand: South Asia

Vichitra Virya or Vichitravirya (विचित्रवीर्य) was a Chandravanshi Kuru king of Hastinapura, who is mentioned in the great epic of the Mahābhārata. After death of Shantanu at the of around 72 and 52 years of reign, Vichitraveerya sat on the throne.

Shantanu was a Kuru king of Hastinapura. He was a descendant of the Bharata race, of the lunar dynasty and the ancestor of the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He was the youngest son of King Pratipa of Hastinapur and had been born in the latter's old age. The eldest son Devapi suffered from leprosy and abdicated his inheritance to become a hermit. The middle son Bahlika devoted his life to conquer the old Aryan territories near Balkh and hence, Shantanu become the King of Hastinapur.

Shantanu had son Bhishma from Ganga. He also married Satyavati. Shantanu and Satyavati had two sons, Chitrāngada and Vichitravirya.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य).—Name of a king of the lunar race. [He was a son of Śantanu by his wife Satyavatī and so half-brother of Bhīṣma. When he died childless, his mother called Vyāsa (her own son before her marriage), and requested him to raise up issue to Vichitravīrya in accordance with the practice of Niyoga. He complied with the request, and begot on Ambikā and Ambālikā, the two widows of his brother, two sons Dhṛtarāṣṭra and Paṇḍu respectively.]

Derivable forms: vicitravīryaḥ (विचित्रवीर्यः).

Vicitravīrya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vicitra and vīrya (वीर्य).

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

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य) or Vicitravīryya.—m.

(-ryaḥ) A sovereign, the 22nd monarch of the lunar dynasty in the third age, the son of Santanu and husband of Pandu'S mother. E. vicitra wonderful, vīrya power.

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

Vicitravīrya (विचित्रवीर्य).—[Vi-citra-], m. a proper name, Chr. 3, 6.

Vicitravīrya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vicitra and vīrya (वीर्य).

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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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