Vidhata, aka: Vidhātā; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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Vidhātā (विधाता).—A son born to Bhṛgu. By his wife Khyāti two sons Dhātā and Vidhātā and a daughter named Lakṣmī were born to Bhṛgu. Lakṣmī was given in marriage to Viṣṇu. The daughter of Meru, Āyati, was married by Dhātā and Niyati by Vidhātā. The son Mṛkaṇḍu was born to Vidhātā by Niyati. This Mṛkaṇḍu was the father of Mārkaṇḍeya. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Aṃśa 1, Chapter 10).

The following statements occur about Dhātā and Vidhātā in Mahābhārata.

(i) At Nākaloka (heaven) Dhātā and Vidhātā took the form of women and allowed hermit Uttaṅka to see them. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 3, Stanza 166).

(ii) Dhātā and Vidhātā stood above the city of Virāṭa to see the battle between Arjuna and Kṛpa. (Mahābhārata Virāṭa Parva, Chapter 56, Stanza 11).

(iii) Dhātā and Vidhātā lived with Manu. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 65, Stanza 42).

(iv) Dhātā and Vidhātā gave to Subrahmaṇya two followers named Suvrata and Sukarmā. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 45, Stanza 42).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Vidhātā (विधाता).—Brahmā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 23. 75; IV. 9. 44; 15. 14.

1b) One of the names in the third Marut gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 126.
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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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Vidhātā (विधाता) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.49) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vidhātā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Given as the name of a god to whom sacrifices should be offered as a means of obtaining happiness.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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vidhātā (विधाता).—a S That appoints, establishes, ordains, orders, arranges: also that applies, fixes, sets. See the noun vidhāna. 2 Hence A name of Brahma.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vidhātā (विधाता).—a That appoints, establishes, &c. m The Creator.

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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