Vishnudatta, aka: Viṣṇudattā, Viṣṇudatta, Vishnu-datta; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Viṣṇudattā and Viṣṇudatta can be transliterated into English as Visnudatta or Vishnudatta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geogprahy

Viṣṇudatta (विष्णुदत्त) is an example of a Vaiṣṇavite name mentioned in the Gupta inscriptions. Classification of personal names according to deities (eg., 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 (eg., Viṣṇudatta) during the rule of the Guptas followed patterns such as tribes, places, rivers and mountains.

(Source): Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Viṣṇudattā (विष्णुदत्ता) refers to an upāsikā or lay devotee of the Śaka race, recorded in the Nasik cave inscriptions of Īśvarasena.—The inscription records the foundation of her perpetual endowment to provide medicines for the sick among the community of Buddhist monks from the four quarters, dwelling in the monastery on the Triraśmi mountain. Viṣṇudattā belonged to the Śaka race. She was the daughter of the Śaka Agnivarman, wife of the Ganapaka (Accountant) Rēbhila and mother of the Ganapaka Viśvavarman.

(Source): What is India: Inscriptions of the Kalachuri-chedi era
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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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