Vishvacakra, Viśvacakra, Vishva-cakra: 5 definitions


Vishvacakra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Viśvacakra can be transliterated into English as Visvacakra or Vishvacakra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Vishvachakra.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vishvacakra in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Viśvacakra (विश्वचक्र).—A gift; a wheel of the world in gold (20 palas to 1000) with Jalaśāyi Viṣṇu and His avatārs, the sages, the four Vedas, the Pañca Bhutās, the Rudras and the Lokapālās placed thereon; to be given as a gift on an auspicious day; daily worship of the cakra yields one plenty of wealth and long life.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 274. 9: 285. 1-23.
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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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Viśvacakra.—(EI 24), name of a mahādāna. Note: viśvacakra is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vishvacakra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viśvacakra (विश्वचक्र).—a kind of valuable gift (mahādāna) of pure gold.

Derivable forms: viśvacakram (विश्वचक्रम्).

Viśvacakra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viśva and cakra (चक्र).

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

Viśvacakra (विश्वचक्र):—[=viśva-cakra] [from viśva] n. ‘world-wheel’, a wheel made of gold representing the universe (or the gift of such a wheel offered to Brāhmans), [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

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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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