Vrishadhvaja, Vṛṣadhvaja, Vrisha-dhvaja: 13 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Vṛṣadhvaja can be transliterated into English as Vrsadhvaja or Vrishadhvaja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Vrishadhvaja in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज) or Vṛṣabhadhvaja refers to an epithet of Śiva in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.16. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] O sage, when we were asked by Śiva thus, I, the grandfather of the worlds, spoke to Lord Śiva on being prompted by Viṣṇu: [...] O lord, Vṛṣadhvaja, how can the activities of creation, sustenance and dissolution be carried on properly for ever, if they are not killed?”.

Note: Vṛṣadhvaja (or Vṛṣabhadhvaja) is an appellation of Śiva derived from the fact of his having the emblem of Bull known as Nandin.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—A King born in the line of Pravīra. (Mahābhārata, Udyoga Parva, Chapter 74, Stanza 16).

2) Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—See under Sītā, Para 1.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—A follower of Vṛtra in his battle with Indra.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 10. [20].

1b) Śiva as overlord of the Rudras;1 prayer to.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 6; Matsya-purāṇa 180. 89-90; 189. 14.
  • 2) Ib. 266. 47.

1c) Is Vighneśvara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 66.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

1) Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज) refers to one of the nine sons of Manu Vaivasvata: the son of Saṃjñā and Bhāskara (sun-god), according to the Vaṃśānucarita section of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] It is stated that Aditi got from Kaśyapa, Bhāskara, the Sun-god. The Sun-god had four wives [viz., Saṃjñā]. Saṃjñā gave birth to Manu from the sun-god in whose race were born the kings (viz., Vṛṣadhvaja).

2) Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज) is the name of a Tīrtha (holy places) mentioned in the Saurapurāṇa.—Vṛṣadhvaja is a famous tīrtha on the bank of the river Devikā. A bath at this tīrtha and a visit of Lord Śiva destroys sins like brahmahatyā.

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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज) or Vṛṣadhvajarasa is the name of a Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fifth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 15, Chardi: vomiting). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., vṛṣadhvaja-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Vrishadhvaja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—

1) an epithet of Śiva; येन बाणमसृजद्वृषध्वजः (yena bāṇamasṛjadvṛṣadhvajaḥ) R.11.44.

2) an epithet of Gaṇeśa.

3) a pious or virtuous man.

Derivable forms: vṛṣadhvajaḥ (वृषध्वजः).

Vṛṣadhvaja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vṛṣa and dhvaja (ध्वज).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—m.

(-jaḥ) 1. Siva. 2. Ganesa. 3. A virtuous man. E. vṛṣa a bull, a rat, or virtue, and dhvaja emblem.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—[vṛṣa-dhvaja], I. adj. Having as emblem a bull. Ii. m. Śiva, [Johnson's Selections from the Mahābhārata.] 89, 25; [Kirātārjunīya] 13, 28.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—1. [masculine] a flag with a bull.

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Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज).—2. [adjective] having a bull for a sign; [masculine] [Epithet] of Śiva.

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

1) Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज):—[=vṛṣa-dhvaja] [from vṛṣa > vṛṣ] m. = -ketana, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] ‘having a rat for a sign’, Name of Gaṇeśa, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] ‘having virtue for a mark’, a virtuous man, [ib.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a king, [Catalogue(s)]

5) [v.s. ...] (with Tāntrikas) Name of an author of mystical prayers, [ib.]

6) [v.s. ...] of a mountain, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

7) Vṛṣadhvajā (वृषध्वजा):—[=vṛṣa-dhvajā] [from vṛṣa-dhvaja > vṛṣa > vṛṣ] f. Name of Durgā, [Harivaṃśa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vṛṣadhvaja (वृषध्वज):—[vṛṣa-dhvaja] (jaḥ) 1. m. Shiva, Ganesha; a good man.

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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

[«previous next»] — Vrishadhvaja in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Vṛṣadhvaja (ವೃಷಧ್ವಜ):—

1) [noun] = ವೃಷಭನಾಥ [vrishabhanatha].

2) [noun] Śiva, who has a bull in his banner.

3) [noun] Gaṇēśa, who has a mouse in his banner.

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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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