Vivasvan, aka: Vivasvān; 3 Definition(s)


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Vivasvān (विवस्वान्).—The Sun. General information. Sūrya (Sun) has a large number of synonyms. But prominence is given to two of them, Mārtaṇḍa and Vivasvān in the Purāṇas. Twelve devas were born to Prajāpati Kaśyapa by his wife Aditi. As these twelve were the sons of Aditi they were called Ādityas. The Dvādaśādityas (the twelve Ādityas) are Viṣṇu, Śakra, Aryaman, Dhātā, Tvaṣṭā, Pūṣā Vivasvān, Savitā, Mitra, Varuṇa, Aṃśu and Bhaga. These twelve Ādityas were, in the previous Manvantara (Age of Manu) of Manu Cākṣuṣa, twelve Devas called the Tuṣitas. When the Cākṣuṣa Manvantara came to an end and the Vaivasvata Manvantara was about to begin, the twelve Tuṣitas met together and after a consultation, they took birth as the sons of Aditi. In this birth they were known by the name Dvādaśādityas. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Aṃśa 1, Chapter 15). (See full article at Story of Vivasvān from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Vivasvān (विवस्वान्).—An asura. Mention is made in Mahābhārata. Udyoga Parva, Chapter 105, Stanza 12, that this asura was killed by Garuḍa.

3) Vivasvān (विवस्वान्).—An eternal god concerned with offerings to the Manes. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 91, Stanza 31).

4) Vivasvān (विवस्वान्).—The first human being who performed sacrifice. This Vivasvān is considered to be the father of Manu and Yama. (Ṛgveda 8. 52; 10; 14, 16). In Taittirīyasaṃhitā, mention is made that people of the earth are the children of this Vivasvān. (Taittirīya Saṃhitā, 6. 5. 6).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Vivasvān (विवस्वान्) refers to one of the 53 gods to be worshipped and given pāyasa (rice boiled in milk) according to the Vāstuyāga rite in Śaktism (cf. Śāradātilaka-tantra III-V). The worship of these 53 gods happens after assigning them to one of the 64 compartment while constructing a Balimaṇḍapa. Vāstu is the name of a prodigious demon, who was killed by 53 gods (eg., Vivasvān).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Vivasvān (विवस्वान्):—The son of Kaśyapa (son of Marīci), by the womb of Aditi. Vivasvān, by the womb of Saṃjñā, begat Śrāddhadeva Manu (or Vaivasvata Manu) (Bhāgavata-pūraṇa 9.1.11-12)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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