Vipasha, aka: Vipāśā; 10 Definition(s)


Vipasha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

The Sanskrit term Vipāśā can be transliterated into English as Vipasa or Vipasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vipāśā (विपाशा).—Name of a river originating from Himālaya, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Vipāśā (विपाशा).—A Purāṇically famous river in the region of five rivers (Punjab). Vasiṣṭha was stricken with grief at the death of his son Śakti and jumped into this river with the help of a rope to commit suicide. The waves of the river united the knots of the rope and saved him. From that day onwards this river came to be known as Vipāśā. (See under Kalmāṣapāda) Other information about this river given in the Purāṇas is given below:—

(i) Vipāśā stays in the palace of Varuṇa serving him. (Mahābhārata Chapter 9, Stanza 19).

(ii) Two devils named Bahi and Hīka live in this river. (Mahābhārata Karṇa Parva, Chapter 44, Stanza 41).

(iii) If offering to the Manes is made in this river and celibacy is observed there for three days without anger, one could get away from death and birth. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 25, Stanza 24).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Vipāśā (विपाशा).—Visited by Balarāma;1 R. of the Plakṣadvīpa,2 from the Himālayas,3 in Bhāratavarṣa;4 sacred to Amoghākṣī and the pitṛs.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 79. 11.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 19; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 11; III. 14. 18.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 25.
  • 4) Ib. II. 12. 15; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 96, 99.
  • 5) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 35; 22. 23.

1b) One of the 16 wives of Havyavāhana;1 in the chariot of Tripurāri.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 51. 14; Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 14.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 133. 23.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vipāśā (विपाशा) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.9.19, II.9, VI.10.14, VIII.30.35, VIII.30.44). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vipāśā) 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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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Vipāśā (विपाशा) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—The Bias or Beas, a tributary of Sutlej.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Vipāśā (विपाशा) is the name of a river, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 74. Accordingly, “... and while he was there with them the rainy season arrived, seeming to announce with the roarings of its joyous clouds his recovery of his friend. And then the impetuous river there, named Vipāśā, that flowed into the sea, was filled with an influx of sea-water and began to flow backwards, and it deluged that shore with a great inundation, and then, owing to the cessation of that influx, it seemed to flow on again to the sea”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vipāśā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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vipāśa (विपाश).—p S Unnoosed, unfettered, freed from a noose or tie.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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-English dictionary

Vipāśā (विपाशा).—f. Name of one of the five rivers in the Panjab (now called Beas); एषा रम्या विपाशा च नदी परमपावनी (eṣā ramyā vipāśā ca nadī paramapāvanī) Mb.3.13.8.

See also (synonyms): vipāś.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vipāsa (विपास).—(m. or nt.), a high number: °sasya, gen., Gv 105.21; replaces ārāva, q.v., of Mvy 7839.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vipāśa (विपाश).—mfn.

(-śaḥ-śā-śaṃ) Unnoosed, unfettered, freed from a noose or tie. f.

(-śā) 1. The Vipasa or the Beyah river in the Punjab. E. vi privative, and pāśa or pāśā a noose, from paś to bind, causal form, with ac and ṭāp or kvip aff.; hence also vipāś; the name applies to the river as having destroyed the cord which the Muni Vasisht'Ha had tied round his neck, when about to hang himself through grief for the death of his sons slain by Viswamitra.

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