Virupaksha, aka: Virupākṣa, Virūpākṣa, Virupa-aksha; 15 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Virupākṣa and Virūpākṣa can be transliterated into English as Virupaksa or Virupaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

1) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष):—Fourth of the eleven emanations of Rudra (ekādaśa-rudra), according to the Viśvakarma-śilpa. He keeps in his right hands the khaḍga, śūla, damaru, aṅkuśa, sarpa, chakra, gadā and akṣamālā; and in the left hands, the kheṭaka, khaṭvāṅga, śakti, paraśu, tarjanī, ghaṭa, ghaṇṭa, and kapāla.

2) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष):—Tenth of the twelve emanations of Rudra, according to the Rūpamaṇḍana.

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष) is a Sanskrit name referring to one of the eight manifestations of Ruru, who is a form of Bhairava. According to the Rudrayāmala, there are eight main forms of Bhairava who control the eight directions of this universe. Each form (eg., Ruru) has a further eight sub-manifestations (eg., Virūpākṣa), thus resulting in a total of 64 Bhairavas.

When depicting Virūpākṣa according to traditional iconographic rules (śilpaśāstra), one should depcit him (and other forms of Ruru) having a pure white color, adorned with ornaments set with rubies; he should carry an akṣamālā, the aṅkuśa, a pustaka and a vīṇā. The word Śilpaśāstra refers to an ancient Hindu science of arts and crafts, dealing with subjects such as painting, sculpture and iconography.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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1) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—One of the elephants which hold up the earth from Pātāla (underworld). It is said that earthquake occurs when this elephant shakes its head. (For details see under Aṣṭadiggajas).

2) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—A Rākṣasa (giant) who fought on the side of Rāvaṇa against Śrī Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. It is mentioned in Uttara Rāmāyaṇa that this giant was born to Mālyavān by a Gandharva damsel called Sundarī. Seven sons named Vajramuṣṭi, Virūpākṣa, Durmukha, Suptaghna, Yajñakośa, Matta and Unmatta and a daughter named Nalā were born to Mālyavān by Sundarī.

2) All these sons held prominent places in the army of Rāvaṇa. It is mentioned in Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 10, that in the battle between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, when Kumbhakarṇa was killed, the army was commanded by Kumbha, Nikumbha, Makarākṣa, Mahodara, Mahāpārśva, Matta, Unmatta, Praghasa, Bhāsakarṇa, Virūpākṣa, Devāntaka, Narāntaka, Triśiras and Atikāya.

2) When Sugrīva devastated the army of Rāvaṇa and caused havoc among the giants, Virūpākṣa, who was an archer got on an elephant and entered the battlefield. He confronted Sugrīva first. He thwarted the stone flung at him by Sugrīva, and struck him. For a time Sugrīva found it difficult to withstand him. But in the battle which followed, Sugrīva struck Virūpākṣa down and killed him. (Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Yuddha Kāṇḍa, Sarga 97).

3) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—One of the thirtythree notorious Dānavas (demons) born to Prajāpati Kaśyapa by his wife Danu. It is stated in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Stanza 22, that it was this asura called Virūpākṣa, who had, later, taken rebirth as King Citravarmā.

4) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—An asura who was the follower of Narakāsura. This Virūpākṣa was killed on the bank of the river Lohitagaṅgā. (Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Dākṣiṇātyapāṭha, Chapter 38).

5) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—A Rākṣasa who was the friend of Ghaṭotkaca. (Mahābhārata, Droṇa Parva, Chapter 175, Stanza 15).

6) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—This giant named Virūpākṣa was the friend of a stork called Rājadharmā. (Mahābhārata Śānti Parva, Chapter 170, Stanza 15). (See under Gautama V).

7) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—One of the eleven Rudras.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—A son of Danu, and a follower of Vṛtra in his battle with Indra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 10. [20]; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 11; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 11.

1b) Another name for Śiva having the sun, moon and fire for eyes.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 25. 64.

1c) A Śiva gaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 27.

1d) One of the 11 Rudras; as a lokapāla.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 5. 29; 153. 19; 194. 19; 266. 27.

1e) A Bhārgava gotrakartā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 19.

1f) The lord of the south-west direction.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 34. 87.
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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Hemakūṭa, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Virūpākṣa) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष) is the name of a deity to be invoked in a certain ritual, according to the Mānavagṛhyasūtra 2.14. Accordingly, the deity is prescribed when one suffers from possession by the Vināyakas, Śālakaṭaṅkaṭa, Kūṣmāṇḍarājaputra, Usmita and Devayajana. The Baijavāpagṛhyasūtra replaces the names of last two vināyakas with Mita and Sammita. According to R. C. Hazra in his Gaṇapati-worship, “this rite is both expiatory and propitiatory in nature and in which various things including meat and fish (both raw and cooked) and wine and cakes are to be offered”..

The gṛhya-sūtras are a branch of dharma-sūtras and refer to a category of Vedic literature dealing with domstic rites and rituals. The Mānava-gṛhya-sūtra belongs to the Kṛṣṇa-yajurveda. The Baijavāpa-gṛhya-sūtra is known only through references to it in other works (eg., Vīramitrodaya-Saṃskāra).

Source: The religion and philosophy of the Veda and the Upanishads (dharmashastra)
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Virupākṣa (विरुपाक्ष) or Virūpākṣa Yajvan (17th century C.E.), son of Rāmacandrādhvarin of Maudgalyagotra and resident of the village Caṅgamā of Andhrapradesh. He discusses about the metres of Andhra languages in his Narasiṃhavṛttamālā. He quotes Śrīnātha, a. of commentary on Vṛttaratnākara and Dāmodara, author of Vāṇībhūṣaṇa in his Nṛsiṃhavṛttamālā. Virupākṣa mentions about his father, gotra, village and name of the text in the beginning.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष) is the name of a Yakṣa who, due to Kubera’s curse, was born on the earth as the son of a certain Brāhman, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 34. Accordingly, “the God of Wealth had for servant a Yakṣa named Virūpākṣa, who had been appointed chief guardian of lacs of treasure. And he delegated a certain Yakṣa to guard a treasure lying outside the town of Mathurā, posted there like an immovable pillar of marble”.

The story of Virūpākṣa is narrated to king Udayana by his minister Yaugandharāyaṇa in order to demonstrate that “heavenly beings, on account of certain causes, descend from heaven to the earth, by the appointment of fate, and, because they are free from sin, they are not born in the usual way”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Virūpākṣa, 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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष) refers to the first of the “four world protectors” (caturlokapāla) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 7). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., caturlokapāla and Virūpākṣa). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

The king of the Nagas is Virupaksha, one of the four Lokapala, or Celestial Guardians of the Four Cardinal Points. His kingdom is the continent west of Mount Meru but the chief residence of the Nagas is Bhogavati, 3,000 yoganas under the sea.

Source: Internet Archive: The gods of northern Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष) is the name of a shrine built by Trailokyamahādevī and Lokamahādevī, both queens of Vikramāditya and belonging to the Haihaya family. The shrine was previously known as Lokeśvara. Vikramāditya II was the son of Vijayaditya, son of Vinayaditya, son of Vikramāditya I.

Virūpākṣa is one of the eight temples located in a space to the north of the village Paṭṭadakal, arrayed in a rectangle of about 180 x 140 m on the western bank of the river.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal

Virupaksha temple (at Hampi) is an archaeologically important site containing ancient Indian mural paintings, from the Vijayanagara period.

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Painting: A Survey (h)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Virūpākṣa (विरूपाक्ष).—a. having deformed eyes; वपुर्विरूपाक्षम् (vapurvirūpākṣam) Ku.5.72.

-kṣaḥ Name of Śiva (having an unusual number of eyes); दृशा दग्धं मनसिजं जीवयन्ति दृशैव याः । विरूपाक्षस्य जयिनीस्ताः स्तुवे वामलोचनाः (dṛśā dagdhaṃ manasijaṃ jīvayanti dṛśaiva yāḥ | virūpākṣasya jayinīstāḥ stuve vāmalocanāḥ) || Vb.1.2; Ku.6.21.

Virūpākṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms virūpa and akṣa (अक्ष).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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