Vishnupada, aka: Viṣṇupada, Viṣṇupāda, Vishnu-pada; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Viṣṇupada and Viṣṇupāda can be transliterated into English as Visnupada or Vishnupada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Viṣṇupada (विष्णुपद).—A place at the source of the river Gaṅgā See under Gaṅgā.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Viṣṇupada (विष्णुपद).—A lake in the Niṣadha hill;1 sacred to Pitṛs;2 the place where Dhruva is located.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 67; III. 43. 14; Matsya-purāṇa 121. 66; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 64.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 22. 25.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 222.

1b) The path where Dharma, Dhruva and others take their stand above the seven sages; the region between the seven ṛṣis and Dhruva where live ascetics and yogis of a high order; the source of rain and the stay of the three worlds; from this proceeds the Gangā; issuing from the nail of the great toe of Viṣnu's left foot;1 the third division of the celestial region.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 176; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 8. 98-109;
  • 2) Ib. II. 8. 122.

1c) A mountain in Gayā; a hill where Dharmaratha performed a sacrifice.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 48. 93; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 102; 105. 26; 109. 18; 111. 46-7 and 56.

2) Viṣṇupāda (विष्णुपाद).—The celestial regions where Dhruva holds the Bhagavatpadī on his head with intense devotion;1 sacred for Gangā.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 17. 1-2.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 13. 118.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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 geogprahy

Viṣṇupada (विष्णुपद) is the name of a mountain mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 20. 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. We know from the inscription that a lofty standard of the divine Viṣṇu was set up on the hill called Viṣṇupada.

Viṣṇupada literally means “the hill marked with footprints of Viṣṇu”. Viṣṇupada hill has been identified with that part of the Delhi Ridge on which the column stands. But there is no mountain in Delhi and the inscription appears to have been brought there from the mount Viṣṇupada. On the evidence from the Epics, this Viṣṇupada hill is not far from Kurukshetra and the Beas.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Viṣṇu-pada.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘cypher’. Note: viṣṇu-pada is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

Marathi-English dictionary

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viṣṇupada (विष्णुपद).—n (S) An image of the foot of viṣṇu, worshiped at the holy place Gaya.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Viṣṇupada (विष्णुपद).—

1) the sky, atmosphere.

2) the sea of milk.

3) the foot of Viṣṇu (worshipped at Gayā).

4) a lotus.

Derivable forms: viṣṇupadam (विष्णुपदम्).

Viṣṇupada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viṣṇu and pada (पद).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viṣṇupada (विष्णुपद).—n.

(-daṃ) 1. The sky, heaven, atmosphere. 2. The sea of milk. 3. A lotus. f. (-dī) 1. The Ganges. 2. One of the twelve Sankrantis or periods, at which the sun enters a sign of the zodiac, especially the first sign after the equinox. E. viṣṇu, and pada abode, or foot; where Vishnu resides or rests, or proceeding from his foot.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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