Agha: 22 definitions



Agha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Agha (अघ).—The name of an asura. This asura was one of the followers of Kaṃsa. According to the instructions of Kaṃsa, Agha once set out to Gokula to kill Śrī Kṛṣṇa. At that time Śrī Kṛṣṇa was playing on the banks of the river Kālindī with other cowherds. Aghāsura watched the games of the children from the sky above. Then he transformed himself into a colossal serpent and lay with his mouth wide open; his open mouth looked like an immense cave. The foul smell coming from his mouth soon spread over the whole place. Śrī Kṛṣṇa and the other children did not know anything about this. In the course of their games they walked into the cave-like mouth of Agha and were soon trapped in his belly. Agha then closed his mouth and all the boys including Śrī Kṛṣṇa were now imprisoned inside his body. Some of the boys died. Realizing the situation Śrī Kṛṣṇa now enlarged his body. His body grew larger and larger until at last it burst open the body of the serpent (Agha). Thus Agha was killed. Śrī Kṛṣṇa then restored the dead boys to life by his divine looks (Kaṭākṣa). This Aghāsura was the brother of Bakāsura and Pūtanā. (Bhāgavata, Skandha 10, Chapter 12).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Agha (अघ) refers to “sin”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.42.—Accordingly, as Śiva said to Viṣṇu and other Devas:—“[...] I do not take into account the sin (agha) committed by my children. I have inflicted punishment on those who are afflicted by my illusion. The destruction of the sacrifice of Dakṣa was not done by me. If a person hates another, ultimately it recoils on him alone. No action that involves the affliction of others will be indulged in by me at any time. If anyone hates another it will recoil on him alone”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Agha (अघ).—An asura; friend of Kaṃsa. Appeared in the guise of a boa-constrictor in order to devour Kṛṣṇa, his playmates and cattle in Bṛndāvana. Thinking it to be a part of the landscape of the Bṛndāvana, Kṛṣṇa's playmates and cattle entered his wide-open mouth. Kṛṣṇa understood the situation, and after a little hesitation, he also went in and killed him by choking his throat. Agha, however, attained salvation.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 12. 13-38; 13. 4; 14. 60.
Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (purāṇa)

Agha (अघ).—On seeing Balarāma and Kṛṣṇa, the demon Agha thought that the time had come for him to avenge the death of his sister Pūtanā and his brother Baka. To play a nasty trick on the children, he increased the dimension of his body to such an extent that his head was touching almost the clouds while his mouth was kept open like a cavern. Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma were going that way with their cowherd friends. Playfully, the children entered the cave and got panicky. To release them Kṛṣṇa too entered the cave and started to increase the size of his body so much that the demon could not breathe any longer. His final breath escaped from his brahmarandhra, final point on the summit of the head.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Red Zambala: On the Salvific Activities of God

Agha is often mistranslated as “sin”. In a Hindu context an agha is an act which is unbeneficial in terms of one’s spiritual evolution and results in further bondage and entrenchment in samsara.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary

M / N Poverty. Stain, defilement.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Agha (अघ, “agony”) refers to one of the eight kinds of contemplations (anupaśyanā) among the Buddha’s disciples, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XVI). Accordingly, “for them, everything is impermanent (anitya), suffering (duḥkha), empty (śūnya), egoless (anātmaka), like a sickness (roga), an ulcer (gaṇḍa), like an arrow (śalya) stuck in one’s body, like an agony (agha)”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

agha : (nt.) 1. the sky; 2. grief; pain; 3. sin; misfortune.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

1) Agha, 2 (m. nt.) (the etym. suggested by Morris J.P.T.S. 1889, 200 (with ref. to M.I, 500, which belongs under agha1) is untenable (to Sk. kha, as a-kha = agha, cp. Jain Prk. khaha). Neither does the pop. etym. of Bdhgh. offer any clue (= a + gha from ghan that which does not strike or aghaṭṭaniya is not strikeable DhsA.326, cp. Dhs. trsl. 194 & J.IV, 154 aghe ṭhitā = appaṭighe ākāse ṭhitā the air which does not offer any resistance). On the other hand the primary meaning is darkness, as seen from the phrase lokantarikā aghā asaṃvutā andhakārā D.II, 12; S.V, 454, and BSk. aghasaṃvṛta M Vastu I.240, adj. dark M Vastu I.41; II, 162; Lal Vist 552) the sky, orig. the dark sky, dark space, the abyss of space D.II, 12; S.V, 45; Vv 161 (aghasi gama, Loc. = vehāsaṃ gama VvA.78); J.IV, 154; Dhs.638 (+ aghagata); Vbh.84 (id.).

2) Agha, 1 (nt.) (cp. Sk. agha, of uncertain etym.) evil, grief, pain, suffering, misfortune S I 22; M.I, 500 (roga gaṇḍa salla agha); A.II, 128 (id.); J.V, 100; Th.2, 491; Sdhp.51. — adj. painful, bringing pain J.VI, 507 (agha-m-miga = aghakara m. C.). —bhūta a source of pain S.III, 189 (+ agha & salla). (Page 5)

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āgha (आघ).—See āga &c. āghāḍā, ā- ghāḍī, āghāḍī pichāḍī, āghēḍā See under अ.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

agha (अघ).—n Sin, fault, offence.

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aghā (अघा).—a All, the whole.

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aghā (अघा).—a All, the whole mass.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Agha (अघ).—a. [agh-kartari ac]

1) Bad, sinful, evil, wicked; अघायुरिन्द्रियारामो मोघं पार्थ स जीवति (aghāyurindriyārāmo moghaṃ pārtha sa jīvati) Bg.3.16.

-gham [agh bhāve ac]

1) Sin; अघं स केवलं भुङ्क्ते यः पचत्यात्मकारणात् (aghaṃ sa kevalaṃ bhuṅkte yaḥ pacatyātmakāraṇāt) Ms. 3.118, Bg.3.13; अघौघविध्वंसविधौ पटीयसीः (aghaughavidhvaṃsavidhau paṭīyasīḥ) Śi.1.18, हरत्यघं सम्प्रति हेतुरेष्यतः (haratyaghaṃ samprati hetureṣyataḥ) 26; °मर्षण (marṣaṇa) &c.; misdeed, fault, crime; श्रेयान् द्विजातिरिव हन्तुमघानि दक्षम् (śreyān dvijātiriva hantumaghāni dakṣam) Śi.4.37 sins and griefs also.

2) An evil, mishap, misfortune, accident, injury, harm; न वधूष्वघानि विमृशन्ति धियः (na vadhūṣvaghāni vimṛśanti dhiyaḥ) Ki.6.45. do not think of doing harm or evil; क्रियादघानां मघवा विघातम् (kriyādaghānāṃ maghavā vighātam) 3.52; अघोपघातं मघवा विभूत्यै (aghopaghātaṃ maghavā vibhūtyai) 11.8; प्रजानां तमघावहम् (prajānāṃ tamaghāvaham) R.15.51,19.52, See अनघ (anagha).

3) Impurity (aśaucam); अनुरुन्ध्यादघं त्र्यहम् (anurundhyādaghaṃ tryaham) Ms.5.63; न वर्धयेदघाहानि (na vardhayedaghāhāni) 84. न राज्ञामघदोषोऽस्ति (na rājñāmaghadoṣo'sti) 93;

4) Pain, suffering, grief, distress; उपप्लुतमघौघेन नात्मानमवबुद्ध्यसे (upaplutamaghaughena nātmānamavabuddhyase) Rām.2.7.14, Mb.3.237.19. Bhāg 1.14.2. दयालुमनघस्पृष्टम् (dayālumanaghaspṛṣṭam) R.1.19 not subject to grief.

5) Passion. cf. अंहोदुःखव्यसनेष्वघम् (aṃhoduḥkhavyasaneṣvagham) Nm.

-ghaḥ Name of a demon, brother of Baka and Pūtanā and commander-in-chief of Kaṃsa. [Being sent by Kaṃsa to Gokula to kill Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma he assumed the form of a huge serpent 4 yojanas long, and spread himself on the way of the cowherds, keeping his horrid mouth open. The cowherds mistook it for a mountain cavern and entered it, cows and all. But Kṛṣṇa saw it, and having entered the mouth so stretched himself that he tore it to pieces and rescued his companions.]

-ghā The Goddess of sin; (pl.) the constellation usually called Maghā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Agha (अघ).—m. (= Pali id.), (1) sky, atmosphere; only in aghaniṣṭha, q.v.; (2) in the lokāntarikā (q.v.) passage, aghā aghasaṃvṛtā(ḥ) or aghasphuṭā(ḥ) (or other [compound]) means miseries (? miserable) and enclosed by (full of, or the like) miseries; so essentially Senart, Mahāvastu i note 405 f. We could perhaps recognize the first agha as an adj. (so in Rig Veda and once in BhāgP.); but it seems more likely that it is the more familiar noun, which especially in Pali often means misery. In the Pali version (Critical Pali Dictionary s.v. ^2agha, end) we should read aghā aghasaṃvutā, as Senart perceived (texts asaṃvutā, a very old corruption); or at least, that [Page005-b+ 71] must have been the original version. The Critical Pali Dictionary assumes an otherwise unknown adj. agha, aerial, without support, which is inappropriate and implausible.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agha (अघ).—n.

(-ghaṃ) 1. Sin. 2. Pain. 3. Passion. m.

(-ghaḥ) Name of a demon; the general name of Kansa. a. agha to go, and aca affix, removed by charity, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agha (अघ).— (from a vb. aṅgh, see aṃkas), n. 1. Sin, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 118. 2. Impurity, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 5, 63.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agha (अघ).—[adjective] evil, bad, sinful (also aghala); [neuter] evil, sin, harm, impurity.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Agha (अघ):—[from agh] mfn. bad, dangerous, [Ṛg-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] sinful, impure, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of an Asura, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] n. evil, mishap, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda]

5) [v.s. ...] m. sin, impurity, [Manu-smṛti] etc.

6) [v.s. ...] pain, suffering, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) Aghā (अघा):—[from agha > agh] f. [plural] the constellation usually called Maghā, [Ṛg-veda x, 85, 13.]

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Agha (अघ):——

1) Adj. — a) schlimm , gefährlich. — b) mit Sünden beladen , verunreinigt.

2) n. — a) Uebel , Gefahr , Schaden. — b) Sünde , Schuld [104,27.] [Indische sprüche 7678.] — c) Unreinheit (in rituellem Sinne). — d) *Schmerz , Leid.

3) f. ā Pl. das Sternbild Maghā.

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