Vitthala, Viṭṭhala: 6 definitions


Vitthala 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.

India history and geography

Source: Wikipedia: India History

Vitthala is another name for Vithoba—a Hindu deity predominantly worshipped in the Indian state of Maharashtra and Karnataka. He is a form of the god Vishnu in his avatar: Krishna. Vithoba is often depicted as a dark young boy, standing arms akimbo on a brick, sometimes accompanied by his consort Rakhumai. Vithoba is the focus of an essentially monotheistic, non-ritualistic bhakti-driven Varkari faith in Maharashtra and the Brahminical Haridasa sect established in Dvaita Vedanta in Karnataka. [...]

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

1) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल) refers to an incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu. Gambhīrarāya Bhāratī (17th century) offers obeisance to Lord Viṭṭhala (probably Gambhīrarāya’s kuladevatā) in the concluding verse of his commentary on Viṣṇusahasranāma. There he tells that he is composing this commentary to get salvation from this mortal world.

2) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल) is the father of Gaṅgādharakavi (19th century): author of Vṛttacandrikā and disciple of Viśvanātha, the brother of Candraśekhara. Gaṅgādharakavi was born in a Mahārāṣṭra Brahmin family and migrated to Nagpur from Maṅgrūl village in Buldana district of Berar. He was the contemporary of king Raghujī III and his successor Jānojī. Gaṅgādharakavi composed 14 works and commentaries in Sanskrit. Vṛttacandrikā is the lone work on Prosody.

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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

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—See Puṇḍarīkaviṭṭhala.

2) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—father of Śukadeva (Smṛticandrikā). Io. 169.

3) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—father of Sadāśiva (Daṇḍapāṇistava). W. p. 363.

4) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—Chāyānāṭaka.

5) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—Rītivṛttilakṣaṇa alaṃk.

6) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—Vāṅmālā [nyāya]

7) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—from Karṇāṭaka: Saṃgītanṛttaratnākara.

8) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—son of Keśava: Smṛtiratnākara.

9) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—son of Būba Śarman: Kuṇḍamaṇḍapasiddhi and vivṛti, composed in 1620. Tulāpuruṣadānavidhi. Muhūrtakalpadruma and—[commentary], composed in 1628.

10) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—son of Būba Śarman. Kalpavallīpaddhati, composed in 1627.

11) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—son of Būba Śarman: Jātakapaddhatikalpavallī.

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

1) Viṭṭhala (विट्ठल):—m. (also written viṭhala, viṭhṭhala, and viḍhḍhala) Name of a god worshipped at Pandharpur in the Deccan (he is commonly called Viṭho-bā, and stated to be an incarnation of Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa himself, who is believed to have visited this city and infused a large portion of his essence into a Brāhman named Puṇḍarīka or Puṇḍalīka, who had gained a great reputation for filial piety; his images represent him standing on a brick cf. 2. viḍ with his arms akimbo), [Religious Thought and Life in India 263]

2) (also with ācārya, dīkṣita, bhaṭṭa etc.) Name of various authors and teachers ([especially] of a grammarian, disparaged by Bhaṭṭoji, and of a son of Vallabhācārya and successor to his chair, also called Viṭṭhala-dīkṣita or Viṭṭhala-nātha or Viṭṭhaleśa or Viṭṭhaleśvara, said to have been born in 1515), [Catalogue(s)]

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Vitthala 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Viṭṭhala (ವಿಟ್ಠಲ):—[noun] a form of Kṛṣṇa, as worshipped in Pandarāpur, in Mahāraṣṭra.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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