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Yashoda, aka: Yaśodā; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


Yaśodā (यशोदा) is another name for Śivā, one of the seven major rivers in Kuśadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 87. Kuśadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Vapuṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1a) Yaśodā (यशोदा).—The wife of Nanda (gopa);1 gave birth to a female child who was yogamāyā incarnate. Without her knowledge, Vasudeva placed Kṛṣṇa born on the same day in her bed and removed the girl to his residence. This was known to Nārada.2 Regarded Kṛṣṇa as her own child; performed rakṣā to Kṛṣṇa after his killing Pūtanā; her concern at Kṛṣṇa's kicking the cart (Śakaṭāsura) upside down, and śānti arranged; distressed at Kṛṣṇa being carried away by the whirlwind (Tṛṇāvarta); glad to see him alive; her concern at Kṛṣṇa's eating mud, and wonder when he revealed his true form and the whole universe in his mouth; binding of Kṛṣṇa with a rope for breaking the pot and stealing butter; took home Kṛṣṇa playing on the river-bank; intense love to Kṛṣṇa; joy at his escape from Kālīya; surprise at Kṛṣṇa holding Govardhana; recalled his exploits at Uddhava's visit, and gave him a hearty welcome.3 Went to Syamantapañcaka and was embraced with affection by Rohiṇī and Devakī;4 represents the Mother Earth;5 remedy of, against bāladoṣa;6 prayer of, to Śakaṭa;7 rope round the belly of Kṛṣṇa for mischief.8

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 8. 31; X. 2. 9; Matsya-purāṇa 47. 7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 31.
  • 2) Bha. X. 3. 47-53; 36. 17; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 206-9.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 6. 19-29; Chh. 7-9 (whole); 11. 14-20; 15. 44; 17. 15; 25. 30; 46. 28-9.
  • 4) Ib. X. 82. 36-9.
  • 5) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 212-3, 236 and 239.
  • 6) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 1. 77; 2, 3; 3. 20.
  • 7) Ib. V. 5. 12.
  • 8) Ib. V. 6. 7, 14; 7. 20.

1b) The mind-born daughter of Upahūta Pitṛs; wife of Viśvamahat; mother of Khaṭvānga.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 90; Vāyu-purāṇa 73. 40-41.

1c) A mind-born daughter of the Haviṣmantapitṛs, wife of Aṃśumān, daughter-in-law of Pañcajana, mother of Dilīpa, and grandmother of Bhagīratha.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 15. 18-19.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

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)

Yaśodā (यशोदा).—The foster mother of Kṛṣṇa, who was the Queen of Vraja and wife of Mahārāja Nanda.

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Yashodā (यशोदा): Yasodā was wife of Nanda and foster-mother of, Krishna, who was given to them by Vasudeva. Yasoda also played an important role in the upbrinding of Balarama and his sister Subhadra. She is also sometimes described as having her own daughter, known as Ekānaṅgā.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Yashoda was the wife of Nanda, a Yadava chieftain. She brought up Krishna, who called only her as mother, in preference to his birth mother Devaki. She is the symbol of motherhood in all the stories about Krishna.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

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