Viravrata, Vīravrata, Vira-vrata: 7 definitions


Viravrata 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Viravrata in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vīravrata (वीरव्रत).—A King born in the family of Bharata. To Vīravrata who was the son of Madhu, two sons named Manthu and Amanthu were born. (Bhāgavata, Fifth Skandha).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vīravrata (वीरव्रत).—A son of Madhu and Sumanas; wife Bhojā; Father of Manthu and Pramanthu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 15. 15.

1b) In honour of Śiva; here a golden lion is offered as present.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 101. 28.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Viravrata in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Vīravrata (वीरव्रत) refers to the “warrior observance”, according to the Guhyasūtra chapter 3.—Accordingly, “[...] One may perform the Block-of-Wood Observance in a forest full of bears, tigers and lions, conquering the urges to sleep and eat, [constantly] reciting. If one takes on the appearance of a woman and sings and dances, adorned with bracelets, with a winnowing fan, ball and plait, one observes the Colourful Observance. With a weapon in hand, full of compassion, if one wanders like a saviour of creatures (?) focussed upon recitation, meditation and worship, one performs the Warrior Observance (vīravrata). [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Viravrata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vīravrata (वीरव्रत).—a. adhering to one's purpose; पूर्णः श्रुतधरो राजन्नाह वीरव्रतो मुनिः (pūrṇaḥ śrutadharo rājannāha vīravrato muniḥ) Bhāgavata 1.87.45.

Vīravrata is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vīra and vrata (व्रत).

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

1) Vīravrata (वीरव्रत):—[=vīra-vrata] [from vīra > vīr] mfn. acting like a man, adhering to one’s purpose, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a man (son of Madhu and Sumanas), [ib.]

3) [v.s. ...] n. heroism, [Bālarāmāyaṇa]

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Viravrata in German

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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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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Viravrata in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Vīra-vrata (वीर-व्रत):—n. 1. resolution of a hero; 2. heroism;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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