Padmāvati

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Padmavati, PadmAvati, Padmaavati


Padmāvati is one of the names of Lakṣmī, the divine consort of Viṣṇu/ Nārāyaṇa. Since she emerged from the kṣīrasamudra with padmas or lotus flowers in her hands, she was called ‘Padmāvatī’.

According to the local legends of Tirumala or Tirupati, the famous place of Vaiṣṇava pilgrimage, Padmāvati was the daughter of one king Ākāśarāja and was married to Veṅkaṭeśvara.[1] Even today this marriage, known as ‘Padmāvatipariṇaya’ or ‘kalyāṇotsava’, is often ceremonially celebrated by the temple authorities as per the desire of the devotees. At Tirucānur, 3 kms.[2] from the Tirupati railway station, there is a big temple of Padmāvatī which is known as ‘Alarmelmañgai’.


References

  1. He is the central deity of Tirumala.
  2. It is approximately 2 miles.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math,

Bangalore


By Swami Harshananda

Paila literally means ‘descendant of the sage Pila’.

The sage Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana has been credited with achieving the great task of collecting all the Vedic mantras extant during his time, editing them by dividing them into four books and teaching them to his four chief disciples. Hence he came to be known as Vedavyāsa or Vyāsa.[1] These four books, known as the Ṛgveda, the Yajurveda, the Sāmaveda and the Atharvaveda were taught respectively to the sages Paila, Vaiśampāyana, Jaimini and Sumantu. Thus Paila, a descendant of the ancient sage Pila, was the first disciple of Vedavyāsa through whom the Ṛgveda was propagated. Nothing more is known about him.


References

  1. Vyas means to divide, to edit.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math,

Bangalore