Ambuja, Ambu-ja: 15 definitions


Ambuja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, biology. 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

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Ambuja (अम्बुज) refers to “doucine (molding) §§ 3.9, 20, 31.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Ambuja [अम्बुज] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Barringtonia acutangula (L.) Gaertn. from the Lecythidaceae (Brazilnut) family having the following synonyms: Barringtonia spicata, Eugenia acutangula. For the possible medicinal usage of ambuja, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Ambuja (अम्बुज) refers to “water flowers”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 15) (“On the nakṣatras—‘asterisms’”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “Those who are born on the lunar day of Mūla will be druggists, heads of men, dealers in flowers, roots, fruits and seeds; will be rich (atidhana-yukta) and will delight in garden work. Those who are born on the lunar day of Pūrvāṣāḍha will be of gentle manners; fond of sea-voyage, truthful, cleanly and wealthy; will delight in earth work; will be boatmen; will be dealers in fruits and flowers of water (ambujakusumānyambujātāni). [...]”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions

Ambuja (अम्बुज) refers to a “lotus”, according to the 13th-century Matsyendrasaṃhitā: a Kubjikā-Tripurā oriented Tantric Yoga text of the Ṣaḍanvayaśāmbhava tradition from South India.—Accordingly, “[Visualisation of Parameśvara]:—[...] His heart is agitated with sexual desire. His lotus face (mukha-ambuja) displays a faint smile. This is how the Yogin should visualise his body for a long time, as transformed into Śiva. All his limbs are perfumed with sandal, aloe, camphor, musk and saffron. He has a beautiful face. He is surrounded by millions of gem islands, in a chamber on a fine bed”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ambuja : (adj.) aquatic. (nt.), a lotus. (m.), a fish.

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

Ambuja, (m. & nt.) (ambu + ja of jan) “water-born”, i. e. 1. (m.) a fish S.I, 52. — 2. (nt.) a lotus Sn.845 (= paduma Nd1 202); Dāvs.V, 46; Sdhp.360. (Page 74)

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ambuja (अम्बुज).—a. produced in water, aquatic (opp. sthalaja); सुगन्धीनि च माल्यानि स्थलजान्यम्बु- जानि च (sugandhīni ca mālyāni sthalajānyambu- jāni ca) Rām. (-jaḥ) 1 the moon.

2) camphor.

3) the Sārasa bird.

4) the conch; दध्मौ तारेण चाम्बुजम् (dadhmau tāreṇa cāmbujam) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 7.173.9.

5) Name of a tree (hijjala).


Ambuja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ambu and ja (ज).

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

Ambuja (अम्बुज).—m.

(-jaḥ) A plant, (Eugenia acutangula.) See hijjala. n.

(-jaṃ) 1. A lotus, (Nymphæa nelumbo.) 2. The thunderbolt of Indra. mfn.

(-jaḥ-jā-jaṃ) Aquatic, water-born. E. ambu, and ja what is produced; water-born.

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

Ambuja (अम्बुज).—[ambu-ja] (vb. jan). I. adj., f. , Born in water, [Rāmāyaṇa] 4, 25, 24. Ii. n. A lotus, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 13, 24.

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

Ambuja (अम्बुज).—[adjective] water-born; [neuter] lotus.

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

1) Ambuja (अम्बुज):—[=ambu-ja] [from ambu] mfn. produced in water, water born, aquatic,

2) [v.s. ...] m. the plant Barringtonsa Acutangula Gaertn.

3) [v.s. ...] a lotus (Nymphaea Nelumbo)

4) [v.s. ...] a muscle-shell, [Rāmāyaṇa vii, 7, 10], the thunderbolt of Indra (‘cloud-born’), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Ambuja (अम्बुज):—[ambu-ja] (jaḥ) 1. m. Aquatic plant. n. Alotus, (Nymphoea nelumbo.)

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Ambuja 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

Aṃbuja (ಅಂಬುಜ):—

1) [noun] that which is water-born; the lotus plant.

2) [noun] its flower.

3) [noun] the tree Barringtonia acutangula, of Lecythidaceae family; Indian oak.

4) [noun] the shell of various marine gastropods; a conch.

5) [noun] name of a metre that has four uniform feet, each having thirteen syllables.

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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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