Viravati, aka: Vīravatī; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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Vīravatī (वीरवती).—The wife of Satrājit; mother of Bhangakāra, Satyabhāmā and others.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 56.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Vīravatī (वीरवती) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.24). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vīravatī) 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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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Vīravatī (वीरवती) is the daughter of  Vīravara and Dharmavatī, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 53. Accordingly, “... once on a time a heroic and handsome Brāhman, from the country of Mālava, named Vīravara, came there to take service under that king [Vikramatuṅga]. He had a wife named Dharmavatī, a daughter named Vīravatī, and a son named Sattvavara; these three constituted his family;...”.

Vīravatī (वीरवती) is also mentioned in the fourth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 78. Accordingly, “... once on a time a Brāhman of the name of Vīravara came from Mālava to take service under that king [Śūdraka] who loved heroes. His wife’s name was Dharmavatī, his son was Sattvavara, and his daughter was Vīravatī. These three composed his family; and his attendants were another three: at his side a dagger, a sword in one hand, and a splendid shield in the other”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Vīravatī, 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

Pali-English dictionary

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viravati : (vi + rav + a) cries aloud; shouts; utters a cry.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Viravati, (vi+ravati) 1. to shout (out), to cry aloud; to utter a cry or sound (of animals) J. II, 350 (kikī sakuṇo viravi); V, 206; Mhvs 12, 49 (mahārāvaṃ viraviṃsu mahājanā); PvA. 154, 217, 245 (vissaraṃ), 279 (id.); Sdhp. 179, 188, 291.—2. to rattle J. I, 51.—Caus. virāveti to sound Mhvs 21, 15 (ghaṇṭaṃ to ring a bell). (Page 633)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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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.

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