Vishnurupa, Viṣṇurūpā, Viṣṇurūpa, Vishnu-rupa: 3 definitions


Vishnurupa 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 terms Viṣṇurūpā and Viṣṇurūpa can be transliterated into English as Visnurupa or Vishnurupa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Vishnurupa in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Viṣṇurūpā (विष्णुरूपा) refers to “one whose form is Viṣṇu”, according to the second recension of the Yogakhaṇḍa of the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, as Ṛṣi Vyāsa said to the Goddess: “[...] (I have) fallen from wisdom. (I have) fallen from (my) austerities and from heaven. (I have) fallen from (my) final goal. O divine mistress of the gods, you are my saviour in (this) profanity (adivyaka). (Your) form is Viṣṇu [i.e., viṣṇurūpā] and the rays (of divine Light). You have created the entire universe. Kaulinī, assume your own (true) nature and reveal reality!”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Viṣṇurūpa (विष्णुरूप) refers to the “form of Viṣṇu”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.30 (“The Celebration of Pārvatī’s Return”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime the lord of mountains returned from the Gaṅgā. He saw the mendicant in the human form in his court-yard. [...] O dear, then the mendicant who was clever at diverse sports showed his endless great power to the mountain. The mountain saw him immediately transmuted in to the form of Viṣṇu (viṣṇurūpa-dhara) the four-armed, with crown earrings and yellow garment. Flowers etc. which had been offered to the mace-bearing lord, Viṣṇu, at the time of worship, he saw on the body and over the head of the mendicant. [...]”.

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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»] — Vishnurupa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viṣṇurūpa (विष्णुरूप).—[adjective] bearing the shape of Viṣṇu.

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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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