Vishvamurti, Viśvamūrti, Vishva-murti: 5 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Viśvamūrti can be transliterated into English as Visvamurti or Vishvamurti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vishvamurti in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Viśvamūrti (विश्वमूर्ति) refers to the “multi-formed body of Viṣṇu”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.39.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] then, in order to confound the sage Dadhīca, Viṣṇu, clever in the use of illusion, became multi-formed (viśvamūrti). In that body of Viṣnu, the most excellent brahmin Dadhīca saw thousands of devas and living beings. There were crores of Bhūtas, crores of Gaṇas and crores of universes in the body of multi-formed Viṣṇu then”.

2) Viśvamūrti (विश्वमूर्ति) refers to the “omni-formed lord” and is used as an epithet of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.41.—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu and others eulogized Śiva:—“[...] obeisance to the great lord, greater than the greatest, the greatest of the great, the all-pervading omni-formed lord (Viśvamūrti). Obeisance to Viṣṇukalatra, Viṣṇukṣetra, the sun, Bhairava, the refuge of the refugees, the three-eyed and the sportive”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Viśvamūrti (विश्वमूर्ति).—a. existing in all forms, all-pervading, omnipresent; कल्याणानां त्वमसि महसां भाजनं विश्वमूर्ते (kalyāṇānāṃ tvamasi mahasāṃ bhājanaṃ viśvamūrte) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 1.3; (-rtiḥ) 1 the Supreme Being.

2) Name of Śiva.

Viśvamūrti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viśva and mūrti (मूर्ति).

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

Viśvamūrti (विश्वमूर्ति).—[adjective] existing in all forms or whose form is the universe.

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

1) Viśvamūrti (विश्वमूर्ति):—[=viśva-mūrti] [from viśva] mfn. having all forms (or one ‘whose body is the universe’), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc. (applied to the Supreme Spirit)

2) [v.s. ...] m. a kind of mixture, [Rasendracintāmaṇi]

[Sanskrit to German]

Vishvamurti 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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