Vishravas, aka: Viśravas; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Viśravas can be transliterated into English as Visravas or Vishravas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Viśravas (विश्रवस्).—Father of Rāvaṇa. General Information. Viśravas was the son born to Pulastya the son of Brahmā, by his wife Havirbhuk. The son Vaiśravaṇa was born to him by his wife Ilabilā (Iḍabiḍā) and Rāvaṇa and his brothers by his wife Kaikasī. In Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 274, there is a story about the birth of Vaiśravaṇa (Kubera) as son to Viśravas.

The son Vaiśravaṇa was born to Pulastya. Vaiśravaṇa rejected his father Pulastya and served his grandfather Brahmā. Pulastya did not like this. He generated another son Viśravas from half of his body. Viśravas tried to wreak vengeance on Vaiśravaṇa, who took refuge near Brahmā, who was much pleased at Vaiśravaṇa and granted him immortality, the state of being the owner of wealth, the position of 'Lokapāla', connection with Śiva, a son named Nalakūbara, the city of Laṅkā, the Puṣpaka Vimāna, the lordship of the Yakṣas and the title Rājarāja (King of Kings). Family Life. Kubera engaged three beautiful Rākṣasa damsels, Puṣpotkaṭā, Rākā and Mālinī to attend on Viśravas. Puṣpotkaṭā had the name Kaikasī also. Kaikasī gave birth to Rāvaṇa and Kumbhakarṇa. Khara and Śūrpaṇakhā were born to Rākā and Mālinī gave birth to Vibhīṣaṇa. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 275, Verse 7). (See full article at Story of Viśravas from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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-English dictionary

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Viśravas (विश्रवस्).—m. Name of a son of Pulastya, and father of Rāvaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa, Bibhīṣaṇa and Śūrpaṇakhā by his wife Kaikasī and of Kubera by his wife Iḍāviḍā.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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