Vritrashatru, Vṛtraśatru, Vritra-shatru: 5 definitions


Vritrashatru 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 Vṛtraśatru can be transliterated into English as Vrtrasatru or Vritrashatru, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Vṛtraśatru (वृत्रशत्रु) is another name for Indra, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.5.—Accordingly, after Goddess Śivā (i.e., Umā/Durgā) granted a boon to Menā:—“[...] O sage, when their mutual sexual intercourse took place, Menā conceived and the child in the womb gradually grew up. She gave birth to a beautiful son Maināka who later on became the worthy recepient of the love of Nāga ladies and who later on entered into an alliance with the lord of ocean. O celestial sage, when Indra, the slayer of Vṛtra [i.e., Vṛtraśatru], became angry and began to chop off the wings of mountains, he retained his wings, nay, he did not even feel the pain of being wounded by the thunderbolt. He had good limbs. He had neat strength and prowess. He was the most important of all the mountains born of him. He too became the lord of mountains. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Vṛtraśatru (वृत्रशत्रु).—m. epithets of Indra; क्रुद्धेऽपि पक्षच्छिदि वृत्रशत्रौ (kruddhe'pi pakṣacchidi vṛtraśatrau) Kumārasambhava 1.2; वाचा हरिं वृत्रहणं स्मितेन (vācā hariṃ vṛtrahaṇaṃ smitena) 7.46.

Derivable forms: vṛtraśatruḥ (वृत्रशत्रुः).

Vṛtraśatru is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vṛtra and śatru (शत्रु). See also (synonyms): vṛtrahan.

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

Vṛtraśatru (वृत्रशत्रु).—m. Indra.

— Cf.

Vṛtraśatru is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vṛtra and śatru (शत्रु).

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

Vṛtraśatru (वृत्रशत्रु):—[=vṛtra-śatru] [from vṛtra > vṛ] m. = -druh, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa etc.]

[Sanskrit to German]

Vritrashatru in German

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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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