Vivikshanti, Vivikṣantī: 1 definition


Vivikshanti means something in 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 term Vivikṣantī can be transliterated into English as Viviksanti or Vivikshanti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vivikshanti in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vivikṣantī (विविक्षन्ती) (Cf. Vivikṣat) refers to “consigning oneself to” (i.e., ‘to enter into’), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.26 (“Pārvatī-Jaṭila dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva (in guise of a Brahmacārin): “[...] O Brahmin, when Śiva went away, I came out of my father’s house, being greatly dejected, to perform this steady penance on the banks of the celestial river. Even after performing this severe penance for a long time, I could not attain Him. I was just to consign myself to [i.e., vivikṣat] fire but on seeing you, I have stopped for a while. Now you can go. I shall enter fire since I have not been accepted by Śiva. Wherever I take birth I shall woo only Śiva”.

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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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