Vidyullata, Vidyullatā: 10 definitions


Vidyullata means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vidyullata in Purana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता).—One of the seven major rivers in Kuśadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 87. It is also known by the name Śuklā. Kuśadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Vapuṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata.

2) Vidyullata (विद्युल्लत).—One of the seven major mountains in Krauñcadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 88. All of these mountains are tall and filled with gems. It is also known by the name Raivata. Krauñcadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Jyotiṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata.

Priyavrata is the son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vidyullata in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Vidyullata (विद्युल्लत) refers to a “lightning flash”, according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, as Bhairava explains: “I will tell (you) in brief about the Command [i.e., ājñā] that gives bliss. (First the Command) is contemplated in the form of a lightning flash [i.e., vidyullata] situated in the middle of the Triangle (in the End of the Twelve). Then (the teacher) should cause it to be experienced in the other body (i.e. that of the disciple) entering by the Cavity of Brahmā. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Vidyullata in Jainism glossary
Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता) is the wife of Ratnamālin: a Vidyādhara-lord from Śaśipura, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.4 [Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.—Accordingly, as Muni Satyabhūti said to king Daśaratha (son of king Anaraṇya): “In East Videhā in the city Śaśipura, the ornament of the north row on Vaitāḍhya, you became the long-armed son, Sūryañjaya, of the Vidyādhara-lord, Ratnamālin, by his wife Vidyullatā. One day Ratnamālin went to the city Siṃhapura to conquer an arrogant Vidyādhara-lord, Vajranayana. He began to burn by force the city Siṃhapura together with its children and old people, its women, its cattle, and gardens[...] ”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vidyullata in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता).—f (S vidyut & latā A creeping or winding plant.) Lightning, esp. the zigzag coruscations or flashes.

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

vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता).—f Lightning, esp. the zigzag flashes.

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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 dictionary

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

Vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता).—[feminine] flash of lightning (lit. a creeper & a line of lightning).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Meghadūtaṭīkā.

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

1) Vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता):—[=vidyul-latā] [from vidyul > vi-dyut] f. ‘lightning-creeper’, forked l°, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of [commentator or commentary]

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

Vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता):—[vidyu-llatā] (tā) 1. f. Zig zag lightning.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Vidyullatā (विद्युल्लता) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vidulatā.

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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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