Alaghu: 11 definitions


Alaghu means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Alaghu (अलघु).—A son born to Vasiṣṭha by Ūrjjā. Rāja (Rajas) Gātra, Urdhvabāhu, Savana, Śukra and Sutapas, who were great hermits, were brothers of Alaghu, who has another name 'Alagha'. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 20).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Alaghu (अलघु) refers to the “big” form of Mercury, according the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 7), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “When Mercury should disappear, the chief towns in the land will be besieged by enemies, but when he reappears the siege will be raised. According to some writers, the latter occurs only when Mercury reappears as an evening star; and learned writers also say that the chief rulers will also get an accession of territories. If Mercury should be of the colour of gold or of a parrot or if he should resemble the hue of the Sasyaka gem, or if his disc should appear glossy or big in size [i.e., alaghu], mankind will be happy; but if otherwise, they will be afflicted with miseries”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alaghu (अलघु).—(ghu-ghvī f.)

1) Not light, heavy, big, weighty (as breasts, hips &c.); आयासादलघुतरस्तनैः (āyāsādalaghutarastanaiḥ) Śiśupālavadha 8.1; 7.5.

2) Not short, long (in prosody).

3) Serious, solemn.

4) Intense, violent, very great.

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

Alaghu (अलघु).—mfn. (-ghuḥ-ghuḥ-ghvī-ghu) 1. Heavy, weighty. 2. Serious, solemn. 3. Violent, intense. E. a neg. laghu light.

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

Alaghu (अलघु).—adj. 1. heavy, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 78. 2. powerful, ib. 9, 38. 3. long, as a vowel, Śrut. 44.

Alaghu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and laghu (लघु).

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

Alaghu (अलघु).—[adjective] not light; heavy, slow.

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

1) Alaghu (अलघु):—[=a-laghu] mfn. not light, heavy

2) [v.s. ...] not short, long (as a syllable in prosody)

3) [v.s. ...] not quick, slow, [Mṛcchakaṭikā]

4) [v.s. ...] weighty, significant, [Daśakumāra-carita]

5) [v.s. ...] serious, solemn

6) [v.s. ...] intense, violent.

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

Alaghu (अलघु):—[a-laghu] (ghuḥ-ghvīḥ-ghu) a. Great, large, heavy, serious, intense.

[Sanskrit to German]

Alaghu in German

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Alaghu (ಅಲಘು):—

1) [adjective] not light; heavy; not less; great.

2) [adjective] intense; violent.

3) [adjective] not short (as a syllable); long.

4) [adjective] strong; powerful.

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Alaghu (ಅಲಘು):—

1) [noun] that which is not light; a heavy thing.

2) [noun] the quality of being important; importance or consequence.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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