Vishrava, Viśrava, Viśrāva, Visrāva: 6 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Viśrava and Viśrāva can be transliterated into English as Visrava or Vishrava, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Viśrava (विश्रव).—A son of Pulastya and Iḍivilā and of great tapas. Father of Kubera through Iḍaviḍā (Iḍivilā) one of his four wives. By another wife he had sons—Rāvaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa. Ceḍaviḍā was the name of one of his wives.1 Son of Ilavilā (Iḍaviḍā, Iḍivilā) and a sage by tapas. Married Bṛhaspati's daughter.2 Wives of: Devavarṇanī, Puṣpotkaṭā, Vākā and Kaikasī; the first brought Vaiśravaṇa whom the father named Kubera; Kaikasī gave birth to Rāvaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa, Śūrpanakhā and Vibhīṣaṇa; Puṣpotkaṭa's sons—Mahodara, Prahasta, Mahāpāṃśu, Khara; daughter, Kumbhīṇasī; Vākā's sons Triśiras, Dūṣaṇa, Vidhyutjihva; daughter Asalikā.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 36-37; VII. 1. 43; IX. 2. 32; 10. 15.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 99; III. 8. 38; 61. 11; Matsya-purāṇa 145. 93.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 32-35, 41, 49, 50.

1b) A Ṛṣi by tapas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 145. 93. Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 91.

1c) A son of Draviḍā; had a son Viśāla.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 86. 16.

1d) The father of two gaṇas, Śiva and Sumanas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 28.
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viśrāva (विश्राव).—

1) Dropping, flowing forth (for visrāva q. v.).

2) Celebrity, renown.

3) Noise; विक्षावैस्तोयविश्रावं तर्जयन्तो महोदधेः (vikṣāvaistoyaviśrāvaṃ tarjayanto mahodadheḥ) Bk.7.36.

Derivable forms: viśrāvaḥ (विश्रावः).

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Visrava (विस्रव) or Visrāva (विस्राव).—Flowing, dropping, trickling; विमुक्तकवचः क्रुद्धः सिद्धः शोणितविस्रवैः (vimuktakavacaḥ kruddhaḥ siddhaḥ śoṇitavisravaiḥ) Rām.7.21.38.

Derivable forms: visravaḥ (विस्रवः), visrāvaḥ (विस्रावः).

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

Viśrāva (विश्राव).—m.

(-vaḥ) 1. Fame, celebrity. 2. Flowing, dropping. E. vi before śru to hear or drop, aff. ghañ .

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Visrāva (विस्राव).—m.

(-vaḥ) 1. Flowing, dropping. 2. The water of boiled-rice.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Visrava (विस्रव).—[masculine] flowing forth, flood.

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

1) Viśrāva (विश्राव):—[=vi-śrāva] 1. vi-śrāva m. ([from] √2. śru = sru; for 2. See [column]2) flowing forth, dropping, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) [=vi-śrāva] [from vi-śru] 2. vi-śrāva m. (for 1. See sub voce, [column]1) noise, sound, [Bhaṭṭi-kāvya]

3) [v.s. ...] great fame or celebrity, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Visrava (विस्रव):—[=vi-srava] [from vi-sru] m. a flow, stream, [Mahābhārata]

5) [v.s. ...] efflux, issuing moisture, [Jātakamālā]

6) Visrāva (विस्राव):—[=vi-srāva] [from vi-sru] m. (also written -śrāva) flowing forth, issuing, [Harivaṃśa]

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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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