Vishnudharmottarapurana, Vishnudharmottara-purana, Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa: 3 definitions

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Vishnudharmottarapurana 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 Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa can be transliterated into English as Visnudharmottarapurana or Vishnudharmottarapurana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavyashastra (science of poetry)

[«previous next»] — Vishnudharmottarapurana in Kavyashastra glossary
Source: Shodhganga: A new light on the alamkaras mentioned by vamana in his kavyalamkarasutravrtti

Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa (विष्णुधर्मोत्तरपुराण) is considered as an ‘Upapurāṇa’ in Indian tradition. It is also a work of an encyclopaedic character and it is probably a much older compilation than the Agnipurāṇa. In the third kāṇḍa of this work we come across two chapters (chapters fourteen and fifteen) which deal with the topics of Sanskrit Poetics. The Viṣṇu-dharmottarapurāṇa defines seventeen (17) poetic figures and occasionally mentions the figure upamā.

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Kavyashastra (काव्यशास्त्र, kāvyaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian tradition of poetry (kavya). Canonical literature (shastra) of the includes encyclopedic manuals dealing with prosody, rhetoric and various other guidelines serving to teach the poet how to compose literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana

Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa (विष्णुधर्मोत्तरपुराण) refers to one of the various Minor Puranas (i.e., Upapurāṇa) not commonly mentioned in the traditional lists of Puranic literature: a category of ancient Sanskrit texts which gives a huge contribution in the development of Indian literature.—There are many important Upapurāṇas which are excluded from the lists of Upapurāṇas given by different sources. Among those important Upapurāṇas the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa is a remarkable one as it is encyclopedic in nature. The Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa is a voluminous purāṇa which is mainly divided into three parts called khaṇḍas. Each khaṇḍa contains chapters called adhyāyas.

The first khaṇḍa of the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa contains the discussion about various subject matters such as Geographical account, Astronomy, Astrology, Religion, Politics, Chronography and Genealogies of kings and sages and their stories. Moreover, the first khaṇḍa contains some rules and regulations of śrāddhas and vratas. The second khaṇḍa discusses various aspects of dharma and rājanīti, Astronomy, Medicine and the rules and regulations of four āśramas viz. brahmacarya, gārhasthya, vanaprastha and sanyāsa. The third khaṇḍa is dedicated to various contents such as Sanskrit and Prākṛt Grammar, Lexicology, Metrics, Poetics, Dance, Drama, Music, Painting, Iconography, Architecture etc.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vishnudharmottarapurana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa (विष्णुधर्मोत्तरपुराण).—Name of an उपपुराण (upapurāṇa).

Derivable forms: viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇam (विष्णुधर्मोत्तरपुराणम्).

Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viṣṇu and dharmottarapurāṇa (धर्मोत्तरपुराण).

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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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