Bhagavata Purana
  • Adhisimakrishna

    Different purāṇas (puranas) refer to King Adhisīmakṛṣṇa (Adhisimakrishna) as Adhisāmakṛṣṇa (Adhisamakrishna) or Adhisomakṛṣṇa (Adhisomakrishna), but the most commonly used name was Adhisīmakṛṣṇa. Abhimanyu’s grandson was Pārīkṣita (Parikshita) Janamejaya whose son was known as Śatānīka (Shatanika). According to Matsyapurāṇa (Matsyapurana), Adhisomakṛṣṇa was the son of Śatānīka. However, other Purāṇas record that Śatānīka’s son was Aśvamedhadatta (Ashwamedhadatta).This piece […]

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  • Adhvaryu

    At the outset of yajña (yajna) ceremonies, the priest of Ṛgveda (Rigveda), or ṛtvika (ritwika) used to execute the functions of both the priest and the hotā (hota) or the performer of the yajña. [See Ṛtvika, Hotā] Later, when the rituals of a yajña became more intricate, four priests or ṛtvika of Caturveda (Chaturveda) were appointed separate vedic tasks. […]

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  • Agastya-ashrama – 12

    There is an Agastya-āśrama (Agastya-ashrama) on Devasaha Parvata (Devasaha Hills) near Gokarṇa (Gokarna) in the region of Pāṇḍya (Pandya). This āśrama was founded by one of Agastya’s disciples, as Mahābhārata (Mahabharata) refers to this āśrama as belonging to a disciple of Agastya – āśramo’gastyaśiṣyasya puṇye devasahe girau. But Agastya himself must have set his foot […]

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  • Aghamarshan – 2

    A site of pilgrimage situated at the foot of the Vindhyas. Here Prajāpati Prāchetas Daksha (Prajapati Prachetas Daksha) prayed to Srī Harī (Srihari) and pleased Him by composing a hymn, titled Haṃsaguhya (Hamsagujhya), in His honour. According to N.L. Dey, the ancient pilgrimage of Aghamarṣana (Aghamarshan) constituted the present locales of Dhara, Kundi and Bedhak […]

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  • Ajaya

    While recounting the royal dynasties founded during the Kali era (kaliyuga), Bhāgvatapurāṇa (Bhagavatpurana) mentions that the Śiśunāga (Shishunag) dynasty came to succeed the royal throne of Magadha after the Bṛhadratha (Brihadratha) dynasty. Ajaya was one of the kings of the Śiśunāga dynasty. He was the son of King Darbhaka (Darbhaka) and the father of Nandīvardhana (Nandivardhana).

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  • Akritabrana

    A sage. His original name is unknown. He was one of Paraśurāma’s (Parashurama) most favourite disciple-companions. At the time of his first meeting with Paraśurāma in his childhood, Akṛtabraṇa (Akritabrana) introduced himself as the son of a hermit named Sānta (Shanta). He declared himself as a miserable friendless, desolate and orphaned, seeking shelter from Paraśurāma. […]

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  • Akrura – 1

    Born in the Vṛṣṇi (Vrishni) clan, Akrūra (Akrura) was one of Kṛṣṇa ‘s (Krishna’s) kinsmen. He has been referred to as a Vṛṣṇi hero in Mahābhārāta (Mahabharata) time and again. In Mahābhārata, several heroes from the Vṛṣṇi clan attended Draupadī’s svayaṃvara (swayamvara) as her suitors. The Pāñcāla (Panchala) prince Dhṛṣtyadyumna (Dhrishtadyumna), while listing the names […]

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  • Akshara – 2

    There are fifty-one alphabets starting from a-kāra (a-kara) to kṣa (ksha)— a-kārādi-kṣa-kārāntaikapañcāśad varṅāḥ.  The Bṛhaspati (Brihaspati) smṛti (smriti) text says that the Creator churned the series of alphabets out of a machine— dhātrākṣarāṇi sṛṣṭāṇi yantrārūḍhānyataḥ purā. These alphabets are of five types, namely lithograph, artistic scripts, scripts written by pen, scripts produced by colour dust, and […]

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  • Anagha

    One of the seven major rivers flowing through Śākadvīpa (Shakadweepa; the land of Shaka).

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  • Anamitra – 1

    Vṛṣṇi (Vrishni) was the son of Sātvata (Satwata) of the Yadu lineage. Yudhājit (Yudhajit) was the youngest son of Vṛṣṇi. Śini (Shini) was elder and Anamitra was the younger of Yudhājit’s two sons. Anamitra had three sons— Nighna (alternatively, Nimna), Śini (Viṣṇupurāṇa or Vishnupurana, however, does not mention a Śini being Anamitra’s son), and Vṛṣṇi […]

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  • Ananta- 1

    Ananta was the renowned son born to Kaśyapa (Kashyapa) and Prajāpati Dakṣa’s (Prajapati Daksha’s) ninth daughter Kadrū (Kadru). Anantadeva’s wife was called Tuṣti (Tushti). In the lower parts of the multitudes of hells lies the universal flame of annihilation or kālāgni (kalagni). Below that resides Anantadeva. Balanced on his head like a grain of mustard […]

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  • Anga – 9

    Ulmuka is the son of the ruler of the sixth Manu epoch, Cākṣuṣa (Chakshusha). Aṅga was the eldest of the six sons born to Puṣkariṇī (Pushkarini)and  Ulmuka.  

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  • Angada – 1

    The son born to Tārā (Tara) and Bāli (Bali), the king of apes in Kiṣkindhyā (Kishkindhya). Aṅgada (Angada) was married to the eldest daughter of Mainda, another chief of clan of apes. Aṅgada’s son was named Dhruba. Aṅgada was first introduced in Rāmāyaṇa (Ramayana) as a judicious royal personage, not as Bāli’s or Tārā’s son. […]

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  • Angada – 3

    Son of the Rāma’s (Rama’s) brother Lakṣmaṇa (Lakshmana), a renowned character in Rāmāyaṇa (Ramayana). Before his death, Rāma instructed Lakṣmaṇa to look for suitable regions so that Rāma could enthrone each of Lakṣmaṇa’s sons as kings of separate states. Eventually, on Bharata’s advice, Rāmachandra crowned Aṅgada (Angada) the king of the Aṅgadīya (Angadiya), a city […]

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  • Angira – 1

    Aṅgirā (Angira) or Aṇgirasa (Angirasa) is one of the six sons born to Brahmā (Brahma) at the beginning of Creation— marīcyatryaṅgirasau pulastyaḥ pulahaḥ kratuḥ; ṣaḍete brahmaṇaḥ putrā bīryavanto maharṣayaḥ. Numerous tales can be found in Purāṇas (Puranas) about the birth of the great sage Aṅgirā. Apart from describing him as a spiritually conceived son of […]

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  • Angira – 2

    Aṅgira (Angira) or Aṅgiras (Angiras) is one of the sons born of Cākṣusa (Chakshusa) Manu’s son Ulmūka (Ulmuka) to Puṣkariṇī (Pushkarini).

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  • Angirasi – 1

    A great river on the land of Plakṣadvīpa (Plakshadweepa). The water of this river is pure and a bearer of puṇya (punya) [here, piety].

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  • Anuvinda – 1

    Most of the time Anuvinda has been mentioned in association with another king called called Vinda; and nearly always they have been mentioned as āvantyau (avantyau), meaning either ‘two kings of Avantī (Avanti) kingdom’ or ‘kings of two Avantī kingdoms’ – vindānuvindāvāvantau. As both of them are mentioned as kings of the kingdom of Avantī, scholars […]

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  • Ikshumati

    A river that flowed through Kurukṣetra (Kurukshetra). It is said in the Ādiparva (Adiparva) of Mahābhārata (Mahabharata) that Takṣaka (Takshaka) and Aśvasena (Ashwasen) lived together at the banks of Ikṣumatī (Ikshumati). After Rāmacandra’s (Ramachandra) banishment to the forest,when Daśaratha(Dasharatha) died Vaśiṣṭha (Vasishtha) sent a number of messengers to the kingdom of Kekaya in order to […]

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  • Ulmuka -2

    Ulmūka (Ulmuka) was a king, a follower of Jarāsandha (Jarasandha). From the additional reading of the 10th Skandha of Bhāgavatapurāṇa, it is known that when Jarāsandha held a seize over Mathurā (Mathura), Ulmūka was posted at the eastern gate of Mathurā, along with his army.

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  • Upavarhina

    Upavarhiṇa (Upavarhina) is one of the seven varṣaparvata(s) (varshaparvata) of Krauñcadvīpa (Kraunchadwipa).  

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