manu मनु

Definition: a. wise (V.); m. man, coll. man kind (V.); thought (pl. mental powers); prayer, spell; Name of a divine being, progenitor of mankind; the most common among the many patronymic terms applied to him are Vaivasvata, Svâyambhuva, and Hairanyagarbha. In post-Vedic chronology seven Manus are assumed, each of whom presides over a cosmic period (manu½antara), acting in it as creator and preserver of beings; still later seven more Manus are added.

Dictionary: Macdonell
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