Ambu; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Ambu (अम्बु) or Aṃśu is the name of a deity who was imparted with the knowledge of the Aṃśumadāgama by Sadāśiva through parasambandha, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The aṃśumada-āgama, being part of the ten Śivabhedāgamas, refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgamas: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu.

Ambu in turn transmitted the Aṃśumadāgama (through mahānsambandha) to Ugra, who then transmitted it to Ravi who then, through divya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Aṃśumadāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

In Buddhism


ambu : (nt.) water.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ambu, (nt.) (Vedic ambu & ambhas = Gr. o)/mbros, Lat. imber rain; cp. also Sk. abhra rain-cloud & Gr. a)frόs scum: see P. abbha) water J.V, 6; Nd1 202 (a. vuccati udakaṃ); Dāvs II.16. — Cp. ambha.

—cārin “living in the water”, a fish Sn.62 (= maccha Nd2 91). —sevāla a water-plant Th.1, 113. (Page 74)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Ambu (अम्बु) means “dense” or “a mix of water and air” and refers to a type of strata or cushion supporting the lands (bhumī) of the underworld, according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 3.1. There are seven lands existing in the downward order (one below the other) with Ratnaprabhā being the topmost supported by the cushions of humid atmosphere (ghana), dense air /water (ambu), which rests in a ring of thin /rarified air (vāta) resting in space (ākāśa).

(Source): Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 3: The Lower and middle worlds
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

ambu (अंबु).—n S Water. ambuja n S A lotus.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ambu (अंबु).—n Water. ambuja n A lotus.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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Ambudhara (अम्बुधर).—[dharatīti dharaḥ, ambūnāṃ dharaḥ; dhṛ-ac] 1) a cloud; वशिनश्चाम्बुधराश्च ...
Varṣāmbu (वर्षाम्बु).—n. rain-water. Varṣāmbu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms va...
Ambuvācī (अम्बुवाची).—[ambu tadvarṣaṇaṃ vācayati sūcayati] an epithet applied to the earth duri...
Jyeṣṭhāmbu (ज्येष्ठाम्बु).—n. 1) water in which grain has been washed. 2) the scum of boiled ri...
Ārogyāmbu (आरोग्याम्बु).—n. Healthful water. Ārogyāmbu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the...
Ambuśirīṣikā (अम्बुशिरीषिका).—Name of plant. Ambuśirīṣikā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of ...
Pādāmbu (पादाम्बु).—n. butter-milk containing a fourth part of water. Pādāmbu is a Sanskrit com...
Gaṅgāmbu (गङ्गाम्बु).—n. 1) water of the Ganges. 2) pure rain-water (such as falls in the month...
Ambupāta (अम्बुपात).—current, flow or stream of water, cascade; गङ्गाम्बुपातप्रतिमा गृहेभ्यः (g...
Bāṣpāmbu (बाष्पाम्बु).—n. tears. Bāṣpāmbu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bāṣpa ...
Ambukūrma (अम्बुकूर्म).—a tortoise (śiśumāra); particularly Gangetic. Derivable forms: ambukūrm...
Vilocanāmbu (विलोचनाम्बु).—n. tears. Vilocanāmbu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms...

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