Vishvabhuk, Viśvabhuk: 3 definitions


Vishvabhuk means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Viśvabhuk can be transliterated into English as Visvabhuk or Vishvabhuk, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vishvabhuk in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Viśvabhuk (विश्वभुक्).—A story about the birth of five Indras, on earth, in the form of Pāṇḍavas, is given in Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 196, Stanza 29. Viśvabhuk is one of them. The remaining four were, Bhūtadhāmā, Śibi, Śānti and Tejasvī.

2) Viśvabhuk (विश्वभुक्).—The fourth son of Bṛhaspati. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Vana Parva, Chapter 219, Stanza 17, that it is this Viśvabhuk, who sits in the stomach of all living things and digests food. This Agni (fire) is particularly worshipped in sacrifices. The Purāṇas say that the river Gomatī is the wife of this Agni (fire).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Viśvabhuk (विश्वभुक्).—Indra of Śukra devas whose cognates are Asuras.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 11; 57. 91 and 102.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Viśvabhuk (विश्वभुक्) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Viśvabhuk).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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