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Vipula, aka: Vipulā; 8 Definition(s)


Vipula means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, 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

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Vipula (विपुल) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Vipula) various roles suitable to them.

2a) Vipulā (विपुला) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. Vipulā falls in the Anuṣṭup (Anuṣṭubh) class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing eighteen syllables each.

2b) Vipulā (विपुला) refers to a type of āryā syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. The Vipulā variation is one amongst five types of āryā-meters.

2c) Vipulā (विपुला) refers to one of the varieties of the catuṣpadā type of song, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. It is also known as Pṛthulā. Accordingly, “the song which consists mostly of long and prolated syllables, and includes short sentences and words, and observes successively three different tempos, is called pṛthulā in connection with the practice of delicate dance”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstraNāṭyaśāstra book cover
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).


Vipula (विपुल) is the name of a mountain on the eastern side of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being. On the peak of mount Vipula stands a Aśvatta tree hosting various devas, asuras and apsaras. The lake in this direction is called Asitoda around which are situated thirteen mountains.

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.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1a) Vipula (विपुल).—A son of Vasudeva and Rohiṇī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 46.

1b) A mountain sacred to Vipulā; a Viṣkambhaparvata,1 to the west of Ilāvṛta.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 36; Vāyu-purāṇa 35. 16.
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 2. 18.

1c) A son of Maṇivara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 159.

2a) Vipulā (विपुला).—The Goddess enshrined at Vipula.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 36.

2b) The sabhā of Kubera; description of; here is Puṣpaka, the Vimāna; around are the ten cities of the Gandharvas in the east, thirty cities of the Yakṣas in the west, and a hundred cities of the Kinnaras in the south.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 5-11, 20, 24, 27-8.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

3) Mother of Revata Buddha. J.i.35; Bu.vi.6.

1) A khattiya, father of Revata Buddha. J.i.35; Bu.vi.16.

2) One of the five peaks near Rajagaha, the highest of them. See Vepulla. S.i.67; J.vi.518; Mil.242.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).


vipula : (adj.) extensive; great; large.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Vipula, (adj.) (cp. Sk. vipula) large, extensive, great, abundant. The word is poetical.—D. III, 150; A. I, 45 (°paññatā); Sn. 41, 675, 687, 978, 994; Th. 1, 588; Nd1 581 (=adhimatta); Vv 676 (=mahanta VvA. 290); Ap 40; Pv. II, 118; II, 49; II, 969 (=ulāra PvA. 139); Miln. 164, 311, 404; PvA. 7, 76; Sdhp. 271. (Page 627)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English DictionaryPali book cover
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Vipula (विपुल) is the name of a mountain where Mahāvīra’s disciples attained God-hood during his 12th Year as Kevalī.—From Kauśāmbī the Lord reached Rājagṛha and stayed at Guṇaśīla caitya. The Lord’s monsoon stay of the year was at Rājagṛha. In that same year his disciples, ‘Vehāsa’ and ‘Abhaya’ became gods after their fast unto death on Vipula Mountain.

Source: HereNow4u: Lord Śrī Mahāvīra

India history and geogprahy

Vipula (विपुल).—Rajgir Stone Image inscription records the name of Vipula, which is one of the five hills of Rajgir. Vipula is associated here as well as in Jaina tradition with the king Śreṇika. The Mahābhārata also mentions this hill, while enumerating the five hills at Rājagṛha. At one place in the Saṃyutta-nikāya, it is declared to be the best of the Rājagṛha hills. At another place in the same work, it is described as a massive hill. The hill stands on the north-eastern side of the hotsprings and to the north of Gijjhakūṭa inscription contains a reference to two rivers Suvarṇasiktā and Palāśinī of this mountain. The mountain is identical with Girnar hill, about a mile to the cast of the town Junagarh.

Source: archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptionsIndia history book cover
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The history and of India includes names of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as historical dynasties, rulers, tribes and various local traditions, languages and festivals. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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