Vrishni, aka: Vṛṣṇi; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Vṛṣṇi can be transliterated into English as Vrsni or Vrishni, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Vṛṣṇi (वृष्णि).—A famous King of the Yadu dynasty. Genealogy. Descended from Viṣṇu in the following order: Brahmā-Atri-Candra-Budha-Purūravas-Āyus-Nahuṣa-Yayāti-Yadu-Sahasrajit-Śatajit-Hehaya-Dharma-Kuṇi-Bhadrasena-Dhanaka-Kṛtavīrya-Kārtavīryārjuna-Madhu-Vṛṣṇi. Other details.

(i) The birth of Śrī Kṛṣṇa was in the family of Vṛṣṇi. (See the genealogy of Śrī Kṛṣṇa).

(ii) The line of Kings beginning with Vṛṣṇi is called the dynasty of Vṛṣṇi. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 217, Stanza 18).

(iii) Thinking that the jewel Syamantaka had been stolen by Kṛṣṇa himself, Vṛṣṇi took a hostile mentality towards Kṛṣṇa. (Brahmāṇḍa Purāṇa, 3: 71: 1).

(iv) Vṛṣṇi had two wives named Gāndhārī and Mādrī. Five sons were born to him by Mādrī. (Vāyu: 94: 14; Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 211; 1-2; 5: 8). (See full article at Story of Vṛṣṇi from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1a) Vṛṣṇi (वृष्णि).—The eldest of Madhu's hundred sons. After him the line became famous, a gotra name.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 29; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 11. 27-8.

1b) A son of Sātvata and father of Sumitra and Yujājit;1 darling of the Yadus; had two wives, Gāndhārī and Mādrī; the former bore Sumitra and the latter, five children;2 suspected Kṛṣṇa of having appropriated the syamantaka gem from which he honourably redeemed himself;3 belonged to the Kṛoṣṭhu line;4 originator of the Vṛṣṇi kula.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 6 and 12.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 44. 48; 45. 1-2.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 1, 36, 102.
  • 4) Ib. III. 70. 15; 73. 91.
  • 5) Vāyu-purāṇa 95. 14.

1c) A son of Anamitra (a member of that family, Viṣṇu-purāṇa) and father of Śvaphalka and Cītraratha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 15. Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 14. 5.

1d) A son of Bhajamāna.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 44. 50; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 13. 1-2.

1e) A son of Kukura and father of Kapotaroman and Dhṛti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 117; Matsya-purāṇa 44. 62.

1f) The best of the Yadus and a son of Kausalyā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 2.

1g) A son of Bāhyaka—two queens Gāndhārī and Mādrī.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 4, 17.

1h) A son of Satvata; had two sons Sumītra and Yudhājit.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 13. 1, 8.

1i) The community of Dvāravatī in which Balarāma and Kṛṣṇa were born;1 Kuntī was attached to these people while Kaṃsa devised means to vanquish them. Were relieved at Kaṃsa's death.2 Its name derived from Vṛṣṇi.3 They praised the heroic deeds of Kṛṣṇa who was their Lord and who lived with them. But they did not recognise in Him the Almighty Lord;4 ended their lives by fighting their kinsmen at Prabhāsā. Attained Hari through relationship.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 23; 11. 11; 14. 25; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 61. 23; 71. 85; Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 145; 96. 84, 175; 86. 28.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 8. 41; X. 36. 33; 39. 25; 45. 15;
  • 3) Ib. IX. 23. 30.
  • 4) Ib. I. 9. 18; II. 4. 20; IX. 24. 63; X. 1. 11 and 62; 90. 46.
  • 5) Ib. XI. 30. 18; VII. 1. 30.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Vṛṣṇi (वृष्णि) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.72) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Vṛṣṇi) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

1) Vrishni: A descendent of Yadu, and the ancestor from whom Krsna got the name Varshneya

2) Vrishnis refers to the descendant of Vrishni, son of Madhu, whose ancestor was the eldest son of Yadu. Krsna belonged to this branch of the Lunar race. The people of Dwaraka were known as the Vrishnis. Tribals of this race were devoted to the Pandavas, who with Sri Krishna visited the Pandavas in their exile. [...] The Vrishnis are the people of Dwaraka to which belonged Krishna. After the death of Duryodhana his mother cursed that after 36 years Krishna should persish alone miserably and his people, the Vrishnis, should be destroyed.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Vṛṣṇi (वृष्णि).—A famous king of the Yadu dynasty. Lord Kṛṣṇa took birth in his dynasty.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vṛṣṇi (वृष्णि).—[vṛṣeḥ niḥ kicca Uṇ.4.5-51] a.

1) Heretical; heterodox.

2) Angry, passionate.

3) Ved. Raining. -m.

1) A cloud.

2) A ram.

3) A ray of light.

4) Name of an ancestor of Kriṣṇa.

5) Name of Kriṣṇa.

6) Of Indra.

7) Of Agni.

8) Air, wind.

9) A heretic.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vṛṣṇi (वृष्णि).—mfn. (-ṣṇiḥ-ṣṇiḥ-ṣṇi) 1. Heretical, heterodox. 2. Angry, passionate. m.

(-ṇiḥ) 1. A ram. 2. One of the descendants of Yadu. 3. Vishnu or Krishna. 4. A heretic, a sectary. 5. A ray of light. 6. Indra. 7. Agni. 8. Air or wind. E. vṛṣ to sprinkle, Unadi aff. ni, and the vowel unchanged.

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