Vishvavedi, Viśvavedī: 1 definition



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The Sanskrit term Viśvavedī can be transliterated into English as Visvavedi or Vishvavedi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Viśvavedī (विश्ववेदी).—A minister of King Śauri. This minister wanted the King to be just. Śauri and his four brothers Khanitra, Udāvasu, Sunaya and Mahāratha were the sons of Prajāpati. The main ruler of the kingdom was Khanitra. The others were Governors of the East, West North and South divisions of the kingdom. The four brothers had a priest each named Suhotra, Kuśāvarta, Pramati and Vasiṣṭha respectively.

Viśvavedī gathered these four priests together and created four wicked fairies and sent them against Khanitra the King. The fierce fairies attacked Khanitra. But because of his purity and cleanliness the fairies had to admit defeat. The fairies came back and attacked their creators, the four priests and Viśvavedī who had planned the programme, and killed all the five of them. (Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, Chapter 314).

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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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