Vidyavidya, Vidyāvidyā, Vidya-avidya: 1 definition


Vidyavidya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vidyāvidyā (विद्याविद्या) refers to “vidyā and avidyā” which is the nature (ātmika) of Goddess Durgā, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.11. Accordingly as Brahmā said to Nārada:—“[...] O Brahmin, best of my sons, listen attentively to what I did when the lord Viṣṇu went away .I began a continuous laudatory prayer of the Goddess Durgā, the beloved of Śiva, the creator of the universe, of the nature (ātmika) of Vidyā and Avidyā (vidyāvidyā) and identical with the pure supreme Brahman”.

Note: The Goddess Durgā is personified as knowledge true as well as false. True knowledge leads to realization of Sadāśiva, the supreme lord, whereas false knowledge is an illusion where by the non-existent (asat) appears to be existent (sat) and vice versa.

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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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