Vishnudasa, Viṣṇudāsa, Vishnu-dasa: 7 definitions


Vishnudasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Viṣṇudāsa can be transliterated into English as Visnudasa or Vishnudasa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Viṣṇudāsa (विष्णुदास) or Viṣṇudāsa Rāmāyaṇa is another name of  Rāmanārāyaṇa (19th century): the author of Kīrtichandomālā, who, because of his devotion for Lord Viṣṇu, was conferred with the title of Viṣṇusakhyāpanna. Rāmanārāyaṇa was the son of king Sucetarāma and disciple of Rāmasiṃha, Sadāsukha and Harinātha.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Viṣṇudāsa (विष्णुदास).—A Vaiṣṇavite devotee who lived in ancient days. The story of this devotee who defeated his king Cola in devotion to Viṣṇu, is given in Padma Purāṇa, Uttara Khaṇḍa, Chapter 110. The story is as follows.

In days of old there was a king named Cola in Kāñcīpura. It was because of his reign that the country got the name Cola. He had performed several sacrifices. On the banks of the river Tāmraparṇī, stood his golden Yūpas (pegs on which sacrificial animals were tied) that the place looked like Caitraratha. (See full article at Story of Viṣṇudāsa from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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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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India history and geography

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Viṣṇudāsa (विष्णुदास) is an example of a Vaiṣṇavite name mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. Classification of personal names according to deities (e.g., from Vaiṣṇavism) were sometimes used by more than one person and somehow seem to have been popular. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Derivation of personal names (e.g., Viṣṇudāsa) during the rule of the Guptas followed patterns such as tribes, places, rivers and mountains.

Source: What is India: Epigraphia Indica volume XXXI (1955-56)

Viṣṇudāsa is one of the Brāhmaṇa donees mentioned in the “Asankhali plates of Narasiṃha II” (1302 A.D.). When a grant was made to a large number of Brāhmaṇas, the chief amongst the donees seems to have been called Pānīyagrāhin especially. In the present record, though all the donees (e.g., Viṣṇudāsa) are referred to as Pāṇigrāhi-mahājana, their list is headed by a Brāhmaṇa with Pāṇigrahī as his surname.

These copper plates (mentioning Viṣṇudāsa) were discovered from the house of a Santal inhabitant of Pargana Asankhali in the Mayurbhanj State (Orissa). It was made when king Vīra-Narasiṃhadeva was staying at the Bhairavapura-kaṭaka (city, camp or residence).

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vishnudasa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Viṣṇudāsa (विष्णुदास) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—father of Balabhadra (Saptapadārthīvṛtti). L. 137.

2) Viṣṇudāsa (विष्णुदास):—son of Mādhava: Kavikautuka. Śiśuprabodha Kāvyālaṃkāra.

3) Viṣṇudāsa (विष्णुदास):—Manodūta kāvya.

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

1) Viṣṇudāsa (विष्णुदास):—[=viṣṇu-dāsa] [from viṣṇu] m. ‘Viṣṇu’s slave’, Name of a king, [Catalogue(s)]

2) [v.s. ...] of another man, [ib.]

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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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