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Vrishabha, aka: Vṛṣabha; 3 Definition(s)


Vrishabha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Vṛṣabha can be transliterated into English as Vrsabha or Vrishabha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vāstuśāstra (architecture)

Vṛṣabha (वृषभ) refers to a type of temple (prāsāda) classified under the group named Sāndhāra, according to Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra chapter 56. The Sāndhāra group contains twenty-five out of a sixty-four total prāsādas (temples) classified under four groups in this chapter. The Samarāṅgaṇasūtradhāra is an 11th-century encyclopedia dealing with various topics from the Vāstuśāstra.

Vṛṣabha is also listed in the Agnipurāṇa which features a list of 45 temple types. It is listed under the group named Maṇika, featuring oval-shaped temples. This list represents a classification of temples in Nort-India.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

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Vāstuśāstra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vastu-shastra) refers to the knowledge of architecture. It is a branch of ancient Indian science dealing with topics such architecture, construction, sculpture and their relation with the cosmic universe.


1a) Vṛṣabha (वृषभ).—A son of Kārtavīryārjuna.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 27.

1b) A playmate of Kṛṣṇa. Being a victor in a game was carried on his back by Bhadrasena.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 18. 23-24.

1c) A son of Sṛṣṭi and Chāyā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 98.

1d) The Asura vanquished by Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 36. 37; 73. 100; Vāyu-purāṇa 98. 100.

1e) A god of the Sukarmāṇa group.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 88; Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 92.

1f) A son of Anamitra, married Jayanti the daughter of the Kāśirāja.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 45. 25-6.

1g) A son of Kuśāgra and father of Punyavān (Puspavān, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 50. 29; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 82.

1h) The Lord of cattle: dedication of a dark Vṛṣa is equal to going to Gayā for Śrāddha.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 8. 8; 22. 6.

1i) The mountain Sumana in Plakṣa; to the east of Aruṇoda;1 north of the Mahābhadra lake.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 18.
  • 2) Ib. 36. 20.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Vṛṣabha (वृषभ) regularly denotes a ‘bull’ in the Rigveda, but usually in a metaphorical sense.

Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

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