Amangala, Amaṅgala: 8 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Amaṅgala (अमङ्गल) refers to one who is “inauspicious”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.16. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] On hearing these words of mine—of Brahmā—in the presence of Viṣṇu, Śiva, the lord of worlds spoke to me with his face beaming with a smile: [...] Of what avail is a beloved to me in this world since I am in the path of abstinence delighting myself in my own soul, freed of attachment, unsullied, with the body of an ascetic, possessed of knowledge, seeing himself, free from aberrations and a non-reveller. Besides I am always unclean and inauspicious (amaṅgala). Hence say now what can I do with a loving wife?”.

Amaṅgala (अमङ्गल) (“inauspicious”) is used by the evil-minded Dakṣa to describe Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.29. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Dakṣa on hearing those words of his daughter looked at Satī cruelly and said thus to her. Dakṣa said:—‘[...] Your husband Śiva is known to the wise as inauspicious (amaṅgala). He is not of a noble lineage. He is the king of goblins, ghosts and spirits. He is excluded from Vedic rites’”

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

amaṅgala (अमंगल).—a (S) pop. amaṅgaḷa a Unpropitious, inauspicious, of unfavorable aspect. 2 Defiling or polluting: foul, vile, loathsome--certain rites, as funeral rites, certain actions, persons, places.

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

amaṅgala (अमंगल) [-ḷa, -ळ].—a Unpropitious, unauspicious. Vile, defiling, foul, loathsome.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amaṅgala (अमङ्गल).—a.

1) Inauspicious, evil, ill; R.12.43; °अभ्यासरतिम् (abhyāsaratim) Ku.5.65; अमङ्गल्यं शीलं तव भवतु नामैकमखिलम् (amaṅgalyaṃ śīlaṃ tava bhavatu nāmaikamakhilam) Puṣpadanta.

2) Unlucky, unfortune.

-laḥ The castor-oil tree (eraṇḍa).

-lam Inauspiciousness, ill-luck; evil; oft. used in dramatic literature; शान्तं पापं प्रतिहतम- मङ्गलम् (śāntaṃ pāpaṃ pratihatama- maṅgalam); cf. God forbid.

See also (synonyms): amaṅgalya.

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

Amaṅgala (अमङ्गल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) Inauspicious, unlucky, civil. n.

(-laṃ) Inauspiciousness, ill luck. m.

(-laḥ) The castor oil plant. E. a neg. and maṅgala auspicious: the wood has no sap, and is useless.

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

Amaṅgala (अमङ्गल).—[adjective] inauspicious, unlucky.

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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. 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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