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Alambusha, aka: Alambuṣā, Alambuṣa, Alambusa; 5 Definition(s)

Introduction

Alambusha means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit terms Alambuṣā and Alambuṣa can be transliterated into English as Alambusa or Alambusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purāṇa

Alambuṣā (अलम्बुषा).—An Apsaras.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 6; IV. 33. 18; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 5.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexPurāṇa book cover
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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Rasaśāstra (chemistry and alchemy)

Alambuṣā (अलम्बुषा):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstraRasaśāstra book cover
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Rasaśāstra (रसशास्त्र, rasa-shastra) is an important branch of Āyurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasaśāstra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

Kathā (narrative stories)

Alambuṣā (अलम्बुषा) is the name of an apsara who fell in love with a vasu named Vidhūma at the Court of Brahmā, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 9. After being cursed by Indra, Alambuṣā got reborn as Mṛgāvatī, the daughter of King Kṛtavarman.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’) is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta’s quest to become the emperor of the Vidhyādharas. The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: KathāsaritsāgaraKathā book cover
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Kathās (कथा) are special kind of Sanskrit literature: they are a kind of a mix between Itihāsa (historical legends) and Mahākāvya (epic poetry). Some Kathās reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of the historical deeds of the Gods, sages and heroes.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Alambuṣa (अलम्बुष).—A Rākṣasa who was killed by Ghaṭotkaca. (Droṇa Parva in Mahābhārata)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

The nymph sent by Sakka to tempt the sage Isisinga, as related in the Alambusa Jataka.

In the present age she was the wife of the monk with reference to whom the Alambusa Jataka was related (J.v.152-61).

Her name appears in the Vimanavatthu (p.16, v.10. See also CSB.29, Pl.15) in a list of nymphs who minister with song and dance to Sakka and his queens.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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