Aniruddha

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By [[User:Krishna Maheshwari|Krishna Maheshwari]]


  1. not restricted, unbound; unrestrained.
  2. unstoppable, one who cannot be opposed.
  3. the son of Pradyumna and the grandson of Kŗşņa[1]; a Jaina arhat who was a contemporary of the Buddha[2].

In Mahabharata

Aniruddha was the son of Pradyumna and grandson of Kṛṣṇa. Uṣā, the daughter of Bāṇāsura, fell in love with him and got him magically transported to her palace. Though Bāṇāsura discovered it and tried his best to destroy him, he did not succeed. Ultimately Aniruddha and Uṣā were married.

In Bhāgavata

The Bhāgavata or the Pāñcarātra cult (a form of Vaiṣṇavism) considers Aniruddha as one of the four vyuhas or emanations of Lord Viṣṇu. Symbolically, he represents the cosmic mind.

References

  1. Mahabharata
  2. J. S. Koşa
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
  • Aniruddha by Jit Majumdar