Visata, aka: Visāta, Visaṭā, Visaṭa, Viśata, Vishata; 5 Definition(s)


Visata means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Viśata can be transliterated into English as Visata or Vishata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Visata in Purana glossaries]

Visaṭā (विसटा) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (eg., Visaṭā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

(Source): Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

1) Viśata (विशत).—A Yāmadeva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 6.

2) Visaṭā (विसटा).—A mother goddess.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 28.
(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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

[Visata in Buddhism glossaries]

Visāta (विसात, “unpleasant”) refers to one of the “twenty form objects” (rūpa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 34). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., visāta). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Visata in Pali glossaries]

visata : (pp. of visarati) spread; diffused. || visaṭa (pp. of visarati) spread; diffused.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Visāta, (adj.) (fr. vi+śat, cp. sāṭeti) crushed to pieces, destroyed M 11 102 (°gabbha, with mūḷha-gabbha; v. l. vighāta). (Page 640)

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Visaṭa, & visata (pp. of vi+sṛ, Sk. visṛta) spread, diffused, wide, broad D. III, 167 (ṭ); Sn. 1 (T. reads t, v. l. BB has ṭ); J. II, 439; IV, 499 (t); Miln. 221, 354 (ṭ; +vitthata), 357. Cp. anu°. (Page 639)

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Visaṭā, & visatā (f.) (abrh. formation fr. vi+sañj, spelling t for tt: see visatta. The writing of MSS. concerning t in these words is very confused) “hanging on, ” clinging, attachment. The word seems to be a quasi-short form of visattikā. Thus at Sn. 715 (=taṇhā C.; spelling t); Dhs. 1059 (trsln “diffusion, ” i.e. fr. vi+sṛ; spelling ṭ)=Nd2 s. v. taṇhā (spelt with t). (Page 639)

(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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