Vishakhayupa, Viśākhayūpa, Vishakha-yupa: 4 definitions

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Vishakhayupa 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.

The Sanskrit term Viśākhayūpa can be transliterated into English as Visakhayupa or Vishakhayupa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Viśākhayūpa (विशाखयूप).—A holy place of pilgrimage. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 90, Stanza 15, that this spot became a holy place because Indra, Varuṇa and other gods did penance here.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Viśākhayūpa (विशाखयूप).—A son of Pālaka and father of Rājaka: ruled for 50 years (53 years Matsya-purāṇa).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 125; Matsya-purāṇa 272. 4; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 312.

1b) A son of Balāka and father of Janaka.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 24. 4-5.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Viśākhayūpa (विशाखयूप) refers to the name of a Forest or Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.88.12, III.174.16). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Viśākha-yūpa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: archive.org: Lakshmi Tantra

Viśākhayūpa (विशाखयूप) according to the Lakṣmītantra 11.11-12.—Accordingly, “when one Vyūha emerges from a (previous) Vyūha, like one step immediately follows the one that precedes it, all the intermediate space is filled with the brilliant energv (tejas) of (God). That revered (divine entity) consisting of amassed brilliance is unmanifested and without embodiment and consists of reality, knowledge etc. and is called Viśākhayūpa”.

Note: Viśākhayūpa is a great brilliant column divided into four sections. Each section is allocated to one of the Vyūha deities, but also contains all four of them respectively occupying the four points of the compass. This symbolizes the uninterrupted continuity of Vyūhas through all the four states of consciousness, namely: Vāsudeva’s domain turīya, where there is no polarization ; Saṃkarṣaṇa’s domain suṣupti, where the first signs of polarization are faintly discernable; Pradyumna’s domain svapna, where consciousness is subtly polarized; and Aniruddha’s domain jāgrat, where consciousness is fully polarized and limited. These four deities Vāsudeva etc. being identical with God, each incorporates all four Vyūha deities and hence in each state all four are present. In each successive state they become more and more distinct to tally with the distinctive character of the main deity of the section. The entire column thus represents the one and single deity (Viśākhayūpa).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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