Vishveshvara, Viśveśvara, Vishva-ishvara: 11 definitions


Vishveshvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Viśveśvara can be transliterated into English as Visvesvara or Vishveshvara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर, “Lord of the universe”):—One of the eleven epithets of Rudra, as adressed to in the second chapter of Śrī-rudram. These names represent his various attributes.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर) refers to one of twelve Jyotirliṅgas, according to the Śivapurāṇa 1.22 while explaining the importance of the partaking of the Naivedya of Śiva. Viśveśvara is located at Benares.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर).—Sacred to Goddess Viśvā.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 13. 29.

1b) The God enshrined at Benares.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 184. 69.

1c) A name of Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 2. 14; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 42.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.27, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Viśveśvara) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर) is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 2, dealing with jvara: fever). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). Pārvatīśaṅkara is an ayurveda treatment and should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (eg., viśveśvara-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

viśvēśvara (विश्वेश्वर).—m S Lord of the universe. A title of the Deity, and esp. of Shiva considered as the Supreme. 2 The name of one of the lingams of Shiva.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर).—(also viśvamīśvaraḥ as one word used in the Mahābhārata and Kūrmapurāṇa ch.26.)

1) the Supreme Being, lord of the universe.

2) an epithet of Śiva.

Derivable forms: viśveśvaraḥ (विश्वेश्वरः).

Viśveśvara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viśva and īśvara (ईश्वर). See also (synonyms): viśveśa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर).—m.

(-raḥ) Siva, under a form or appellation in which especially he is worshipped at Benares, where a celebrated temple is appropriated to him in the character of lord or god of the universe. E. viśva the universe, and īśvara god; also similar compounds, as viśveśa, viśvanātha, &c.

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

Viśveśvara (विश्वेश्वर).—[masculine] = [preceding] ([feminine] ī); a man’s name.

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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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