Vrishadarbha, Vṛṣadarbha, Vṛṣādarbha, Vrisha-darbha: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Vṛṣadarbha and Vṛṣādarbha can be transliterated into English as Vrsadarbha or Vrishadarbha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vṛṣadarbha (वृषदर्भ).—General information. An ancient saintly King in Bhārata. This King Vṛṣadarbha and another King named Seduka were righteous as well as experts in wielding main and subordinate weapons. After completing the education of Vedas, a brahmin once approached King Seduka and begged as alms some horses for giving gift to his teacher. The Brahmin said "It is my wish that you will give me these horses as alms." Seduka said that he had not enough wealth or horses to give the teacher’s gift. Seduka sent the Brahmin to Vṛṣadarbha. The Brahmin went to Vṛṣadarbha and begged as alms a thousand horses. The King whipped the Brahmin. He asked the King why he was punished as he had done no wrong. The King asked the Brahmin who was beginning to curse. Ho. Brahmin! Whom are you about to curse? Him who has not given you alms or another Brahmin? The Brahmin said. "O, King I am sent here by Seduka. I begged as he had instructed."

The King said. "This evening I shall give you all the tax-collection of this day. You who have been whipped ought not to be sent emptyhanded." Accordingly the whole of the taxcollection of that day was given to the Brahmin. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 196). Other details.

(i) It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 8, Stanza 29, that Vṛṣadarbha stays in the palace of Yama glorifying him.

(ii) When he was reigning, he made a law that all his subjects should give gold and silver as alms to Brahmins (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 196, Stanza 3). (See full article at Story of Vṛṣadarbha from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Vṛṣadarbha (वृषदर्भ).—Another name of Uśīnara the King of Kāśī. (See under Uśīnara).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Vṛṣadarbha (वृषदर्भ).—A son of Śibi, after whom came the Janapada Vṛṣadarbha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 23; Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 23.

2) Vṛṣādarbha (वृषादर्भ).—A son of Śibi;1 an Angirasa and mantrakṛṭ.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 3.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 32. 109.
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vṛṣadarbha (वृषदर्भ).—a. lowering the pride of Indra (indradarpahantā); वृषदर्भो वृषाकपिः (vṛṣadarbho vṛṣākapiḥ) Mb.12.43.1.

Vṛṣadarbha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vṛṣa and darbha (दर्भ).

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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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