Vishuddha, aka: Visuddha, Viśuddhā, Viśuddha; 9 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Viśuddhā and Viśuddha can be transliterated into English as Visuddha or Vishuddha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Viśuddhā (विशुद्धा).—A group of gods of the X epoch of Manu.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 2. 25.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Vishuddha, is the fifth primary chakra according to the Hindu tradition.

Vishuddha is positioned at the neck region, near the spine, with its Kshetram or superficial activation point in the pit of the throat. Hence, it is also known as the throat chakra.

Appearance: According to the Hindu culture, this chakra is described as having a white color with 16 purple or smoke-colored petals. Within the pericarp is a sky-blue downward pointing triangle containing a circular white region like the full moon. This represents the element of akasha or aether. This region is represented by the deity Ambara, who is also white in color and is depicted with four arms, holding a noose and a goad, making the gestures of granting boons and dispelling fear while seated upon a white elephant.

The bija mantra (seed sound) is the syllable हं haṃ, and is written in white upon the chakra. In the Bindu, or point above the mantra, resides the deity Sadashiva, who has 5 faces and 10 arms. The right half of his body is a white Shiva, and the left half of the body is a golden Shakti. He is holding a trident, chisel, sword, vajra, fire, a great snake, a bell, a goad, and a noose, and is making the gesture of dispelling fear. He is clad in a tiger skin. His Shakti is Shakini, who is shining white, seated on a red lotus, and with five faces, three eyes each, and four-armed, with a bow and arrow, noose, and goad.

Vishuddha has 16 purple petals upon which are written the 16 Sanskrit vowels in golden;

a ā i ī u ū
e ai o au अः अं

The petals correspond to the vrittis of the mantra Ong [Aum], the Sama-mantras, the mantras Hung, Phat, Washat, Swadha, Swaha, and Namak, the nectar Amrita, and the seven musical tones.


Vishuddha chakra is known as the purification center. Here the nectar amrita drips down from the Bindu chakra and is split into a pure form and a poison. In its most abstract form, it is associated with higher discrimination, and is associated with creativity and self-expression. When Vishuddha is closed, we undergo decay and death. When it is open, negative experiences are transformed into wisdom and learning. The success and failure in one's life depend upon the state of this chakra (whether it is polluted or clean). Guilty feeling is the most prominent reason for this chakra to block the Kundalini Energy moving upwards.

It is associated with the element Akasha, or Æther, and the sense of hearing, as well as the action of speaking.

Meditation upon this chakra is said to bring about the following siddhis or occult powers: vision of the three periods, past, present and future; freedom from disease and old age; destruction of dangers; and the ability to move the three worlds.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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F (Complete purity). Excellence.

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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visuddha : (pp. of visujjhati) clean; pure; bright; stainless; sanctified.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Visuddha, (adj.) (pp. of visujjhati) clean, pure, bright; in appld meaning: purified, stainless, sanctified Vin. I, 105; D. III, 52 (cakkhu); S. II, 122 (id.); IV, 47 (sīla); A. IV, 304 (su°); Sn. 67, 517, 687; Nd2 601; Pug. 60; PvA. 1 (su°); Sdhp. 269, 383. (Page 640)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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Viśuddha (विशुद्ध).—p S Cleansed, purified, rectified: also as a Highly clean, pure, holy, correct, chaste &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

Viśuddha (विशुद्ध).—p Cleansed, a Highly clean.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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-English dictionary

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Viśuddha (विशुद्ध).—a.

1) Purified, cleansed.

2) Pure, free from vice, sin, or imperfection.

3) Spotless, stainless.

4) Correct, accurate.

5) Virtuous, pious, straightforward; विशुद्धमुग्धः कुलकन्यकाजनः (viśuddhamugdhaḥ kulakanyakājanaḥ) Māl.7.1.

6) Humble.

-ddham A kind of mystical circle (cakra) in the body.

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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