Visvadhara, Visvadhāra, Viśvādhāra, Viśvadharā, Vishvadhara, Vishva-adhara: 5 definitions


Visvadhara 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 terms Viśvādhāra and Viśvadharā can be transliterated into English as Visvadhara or Vishvadhara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Visvadhāra (विस्वधार).—A son of Medhātithi of Śākadvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 25.
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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: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Viśvadharā (विश्वधरा) is the (Mortal) Buddhaśakti associated with Viśvabhū: one of the seven mortal Buddhas (mānuṣī) whose names appear last in the list of thirty-two Buddhas in Mahāyāna Buddhism.—The last seven Tathāgatas are well-known, and are designated by the Mahāyānist as Mānuṣī or “Mortal Buddhas”. When represented, the last seven Mortal Buddhas appear all alike; they are of one colour and one form, usually sitting cross-legged,with the right hand disposed in the Bhūmisparśa-mudrā (earth-touching attitute), which is the mudrā peculiar to Akṣobhya. [...] In paintings, the Mortal Buddhas [viz., Viśvabhū and Viśvadharā] have usually a yellow or golden complexion. [...] Sometimes they are represented as standing, in which case the appear under a distinguishing Bodhi Tree and with a distinguishing mudrā.

Viśvadharā and Viśvabhū together bring into existence the (Mortal) Bodhisattva named Ākāśagañja.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (V) next»] — Visvadhara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Viśvādhāra (विश्वाधार).—support of the universe; विश्वाधारं गगनसदृशं मेघवर्णं शुभाङ्गम् (viśvādhāraṃ gaganasadṛśaṃ meghavarṇaṃ śubhāṅgam) Viṣṇustotra.

Derivable forms: viśvādhāraḥ (विश्वाधारः).

Viśvādhāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms viśva and ādhāra (आधार).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Viśvadhara (विश्वधर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—father of Harinātha (Kāvyādarśamārjana). Oxf. 206^b.

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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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