Vishnusvamin, Vishnu-svamin, Viṣṇusvāmin: 3 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Viṣṇusvāmin can be transliterated into English as Visnusvamin or Vishnusvamin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

1) Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman and husband of Kālarātri who was expert in the magic power of witches, such as flying through the air, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 20. Accordingly, “That Kālarātri had for husband a Brāhman of the name of Viṣṇusvāmin, and he, being an instructor in that country, taught many pupils who came from different lands, as he was skilful in the exposition of the Vedas”.

2) Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman from Vṛkṣaghaṭa, as mentioned in the eighth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 82. Accordingly, “... there is a great tract of land assigned to Brāhmans in the country of Aṅga, called Vṛkṣaghaṭa. In it there lived a rich sacrificing Brāhman named Viṣṇusvāmin. And he had a wife equal to himself in birth. And by her he had three sons born to him, who were distinguished for preternatural acuteness”.

3 Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman from Vakraloka, according to the nineteenth story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 93. Accordingly, “... there lived in that city [Vakraloka] a teacher of the name of Viṣṇusvāmin. And he had a pupil, a very handsome Brāhman, of the name of Manaḥsvāmin. And he, though he was of high birth, and well educated, was so enslaved by the passions of youth that he fell in love with a courtesan of the name of Hamsāvalī”.

4) Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्) is the name of a Brāhman from Brahmasthala, a district (rāṣṭra) situated in Pāṭaliputra (Pāṭaliputrapura), according to the twenty-second story of the Vetālapañcaviṃśati in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 96. Accordingly, “... on it [Brahmasthala] there lived a Brāhman of the name of Viṣṇusvāmin. He had a wife that was as well suited to him as the oblation to the fire. And in course of time he had four sons by her. And when they had learned the Vedas, and passed their childhood, Viṣṇusvāmin went to heaven, and his wife followed him”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Viṣṇusvāmin, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the founder of a Vaiṣṇava sect. Works of H. H. Wilson 1, 34. 35. 119.

2) Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्):—Quoted in Raseśvaradarśana of the Sarvadarśanasaṃgraha Oxf. 247^b.

3) Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्):—Bhāgavatapurāṇaṭīkā.

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

1) Viṣṇusvāmin (विष्णुस्वामिन्):—[=viṣṇu-svāmin] [from viṣṇu] m. a temple or statue of V°, [Rājataraṅgiṇī]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of various men, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha] etc. ([especially] of a celebrated Vaiṣṇava teacher, predecessor of Vallabhācārya, [Religious Thought and Life in India 134]).

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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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