Vishu, Viṣu: 11 definitions


Vishu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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 term Viṣu can be transliterated into English as Visu or Vishu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Viṣu (विषु).—See Vaivasvatagati; equinox, distance of; fit time for making gifts;1 occurs between the spring and winter.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 68, 72-3; Matsya-purāṇa 124. 93; 187. 37; 274. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 125; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 8. 74 and 78.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 17. 2; 82. 25; 83. 7; 98. 2. 124. 47.
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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 geography

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

Vishu refers to one of the festivals of the Nambutiris. Vishu represents the solar new year’s day. A very important festival in Malabar. It is the occasion for gifts, chiefly to superiors. The first thing seen by a Nambutiri on this day should be something auspicious. His fate during the year depends on whether the first object seen is auspicious, or the reverse. The Nambutiri people form the socio-spiritual aristocracy of Malabar, and, as the traditional landlords of Parasu Rama’s land, they are everywhere held in great reverence.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

viṣu (विषु).—n S The first point of Aries or of Libra, into which the sun entering occasions the equinox.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viṣu (विषु).—ind.

1) In two equal parts, equally.

2) Differently, variously.

3) Same, like.

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

Viṣu (विषु).—Ind. 1. Many, various. 2. Equally, same, like. E. viṣa, ku aff.

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

Viṣu (विषु).— (probably a loc. pl. of dvi, cf. vi), adv. 1. Equally, same, alike. 2. Many, various.

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

Viṣu (विषु).—[adverb] on both sides (—°).

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

1) Viṣu (विषु):—1. viṣu ind. (only in [compound] and derivatives, [probably] connected with viśva [according to] to [Pāṇini 6-4, 77], [vArttika] 1, [Patañjali] a [Vedic or Veda] [accusative] viṣvam = viṣuvam) on both sides, in both directions

2) in various directions

3) similarly, equally.

4) Viṣū (विषू):—[from viṣu] a = viṣu1 above.

5) Viṣu (विषु):—[=vi-ṣu] 2. vi-ṣu (3 √su; only [perfect tense] p. [Ātmanepada] -suṣvāṇa with pass. meaning, [Ṛg-veda ix, 101, 11]; [according to] to [Vopadeva] also [Aorist] vy-aṣāvīt; [future] vi-soṣyati and vi-saviṣyati), to press or squeeze out (the Soma plant for obtaining its juice).

6) Viṣū (विषू):—[=vi-ṣū] b (2 √sū; only [imperfect tense] [Ātmanepada] vyasūyata), to bring forth (a child), [Bālarāmāyaṇa]

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

Viṣu (विषु):—ind. Many; same.

[Sanskrit to German]

Vishu in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Viṣu (ವಿಷು):—

1) [noun] the state or quality of being equal.

2) [noun] the name of the fifteenth year in the HIndu cycle of sixty years.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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