Vishishtarupa, Vishishta-rupa, Viśiṣṭarūpa: 1 definition


Vishishtarupa 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 Viśiṣṭarūpa can be transliterated into English as Visistarupa or Vishishtarupa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vishishtarupa in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Viśiṣṭarūpa (विशिष्टरूप) refers to the “special forms” (of Śiva), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.12 (“The story of Śiva and Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Skanda said to the Gods: “All of you mountains will become worthy of being worshipped by the sages and resorted to by persons following the paths of action and knowledge. O mountains, at my word you will be assuming the forms of phallic emblems, the special forms (viśiṣṭarūpa) of Śiva. There is no doubt about it. My maternal grandfather, the excellent mountain Himavat, will become the fortunate bestower of fruits to ascetics. [...]”.

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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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