Vidhipurvaka, Vidhipūrvaka, Vidhi-purvaka: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vidhipurvaka in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vidhipūrvaka (विधिपूर्वक) refers to “sacred injunction”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.43.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] permitted by Śiva and with his blessings, O sage, Dakṣa the devotee of Śiva, with a delighted heart completed his sacrifice. [...] Thus the patriarch, Dakṣa, in collaboration with the Ṛtviks, completed that great rite of the gods in accordance with the sacred injunction (vidhipūrvaka)”.

Source: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Vidhipūrvaka (विधिपूर्वक) refers to “prescribed rites” (viz., for worshiping guests), according to the Rāmāyaṇa chapter 2.28. Accordingly:—“[...] soothening with kind words to Sītā, when eyes were blemished with tears, the virtuous Rāma spoke again as follows, for the purpose of waking her turn back: ‘[...] The celestials, the ancestors, the guests who arrive are to be worshiped always according to the prescribed rites (vidhipūrvaka). Bath is to be performed three times a day at appropriate time by the one moving in the forest, with one’s mind kept in restraint. Hence, living in a forest is very much a misery’”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vidhipurvaka in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Vidhipūrvaka (विधिपूर्वक) refers to “according to the rule (stated in the canon)”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 9.19cd-26, while instructing to visualize Sadāśiva in order to worship the formless Amṛteśa]—“[...] Thus, having meditated, [the Mantrin] should worship Deveśa according to the rule [stated in the canon] (vidhipūrvaka). He should revere Īśāna, etc., and Sadyojāta, etc., in each’s own form, in open, unoccupied ground, on a liṅga, in water, above a lotus, and in each’s own direction.”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vidhipurvaka in Yoga glossary
Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Vidhipūrvaka (विधिपूर्वक) refers to “that which was prescribed earlier”, according to the Yogayājñvalkya 6.12, 16-6.19ab.—Accordingly, while discussing that yoga was practised by all four castes and women: “[...] [For [all those] Vaiśyas, women, Śūdras and ascetics who perform their religious duties, a mantra without oṃ [is prescribed] in Prāṇāyāma, O Gārgi. [For in their case,] the wise recommend either a Śaiva or Vaiṣṇava mantra ending in namaḥ. Otherwise, a Śūdra as well as a woman should practise with a non-Vedic [mantra] prescribed earlier (vidhipūrvaka), and they should repeat [it] forty times in Prāṇāyāma. Śūdras should not repeat a Vedic mantra and women should never [do so]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vidhipurvaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vidhipūrvaka (विधिपूर्वक):—[vidhi-pūrvaka] (kaḥ) adv. According to rule.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vidhipurvaka in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vidhipūrvaka (ವಿಧಿಪೂರ್ವಕ):—[adverb] in accordance wtih the rules or religious precepts; observing strictly what is enjoined.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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