Viprakula, Vipra-kula: 1 definition


Viprakula 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

Viprakula (विप्रकुल) refers to a “Brahmin family”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.12:—“[...] the life as a human being is very difficult to obtain among all living beings. O devas, O sages, a life in a good family is still more difficult. After obtaining the still more difficult birth in a brahmin family (viprakula) of good conduct on account of great merits one shall perform rites assigned to propitiate Śiva. No one shall transgress duties assigned to his caste. Charitable gifts and sacred rites shall be performed to the extent of one’s capacity and affluence”.

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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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