Amshu, Aṃsu, Aṃśu: 16 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Aṃśu can be transliterated into English as Amsu or Amshu, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Anshu.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Aṃśu (अंशु).—A playmate of Krṣṇa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 22. 31.

1b) The name of the sun in the month of Saha (Mārgaśīrṣa).1 the Āditya of the month Citra, possessing 7000 rays.2 An Āditya.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 41.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 24. 34 and 38.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 67; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 131.

1c) One of the ten devas of the Harita gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 89.

1d) The son of Purumitra and father of Satvata.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 12. 43.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Aṃśu (अंशु) or Ambu 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)

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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

aṃsu : (m.) ray of light; a fibre.

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

Aṃsu, (cp. Sk. aṃśu (Halāyudha) a ray of light) a thread Vin.III, 224. —mālin, sun Sāsv 1. (Page 1)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

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

aṃśu (अंशु).—m A ray of light, ray.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṃśu (अंशु).—[aṃś-mṛga° ku.]

1) A ray, beam of light; चण्ड°, घर्मं° (caṇḍa°, gharmaṃ°) hot-rayed the sun; सूर्यांशुभिर्भिन्नमिवारविन्दम् (sūryāṃśubhirbhinnamivāravindam) Ku.1.32; Iustre, brilliance चण्डांशुकिरणाभाश्च हाराः (caṇḍāṃśukiraṇābhāśca hārāḥ) Rām.5.9.48; Śi.1.9. रत्न°, नख° (ratna°, nakha°) &c.

2) A point or end.

3) A small or minute particle.

- 4 End of a thread.

5) A filament, especially of the Soma plant (Ved.)

6) Garment; decoration.

7) Name of a sage or of a prince.

8) Speed, velocity (vega).

9) Fine thread

Derivable forms: aṃśuḥ (अंशुः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Aṃśu (अंशु).—(= Sanskrit aṃśuka), cloth, or garment (less prob-ably thread, a meaning recorded for Sanskrit aṃśu and for Pali aṃsu): -kāśikāṃśu-kṣomakādyāḥ Divyāvadāna 316.27.

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

Aṃśu (अंशु).—m.

(-śuḥ) 1. A ray of light, a sun-beam. 2. Light, splendor, effulgence. 3. Dress, decoration. 4. A small filament or end of thread. 5. The sun. 6. A minute particle or atom. E. aṃśa to divide, ku aff.

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

Aṃśu (अंशु).— (cf. śo), m. A ray of light, a sunbeam.

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

Aṃśu (अंशु).—[masculine] stem or juice of the Soma plant; ray of light.

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

1) Aṃśu (अंशु):—m. a filament (especially of the Soma plant)

2) a kind of Soma libation, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

3) thread

4) end of a thread, a minute particle

5) a point, end

6) a ray, sunbeam

7) cloth, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) Name of a Ṛṣi, [Ṛg-veda viii, 5, 26]

9) of an ancient Vedic teacher, son of a Dhanaṃjaya, [Vaṃśa-brāhmaṇa]

10) of a prince.

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

Aṃśu (अंशु):—m.

(-śuḥ) 1) A ray of light, a sunor moon-beam.

2) The sun.

3) Light, splendour, effulgence.

4) Any thing minute or pointed (as a sun-beam).

5) A small end of thread, a small filament &c.

6) Dress, decoration.

7) The name of one of the Grahas (q. v.) which serve for making libations with the juice of the Soma plant.

8) The name of a Rishi.

9) The name of a prince, son of Puruhotra. E. aṃś, uṇ. aff. ku, or am, uṇ. aff. ku, āgama śuk.

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

Aṃśu (अंशु):—(śuḥ) 2. m. A ray of light; light; dress; an atom.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Aṃśu (अंशु):—m.

1) Faser, Schoss, Stengel (der Somapflanze) [Ṛgveda 1, 46, 10. 91, 17. 125, 3. 7, 98, 1. 8, 61, 2. 9, 62, 4. 67, 28. 68, 4. 74, 5.] [Vājasaneyisaṃhitā 5, 7. 20, 27.] [Atharvavedasaṃhitā 6, 49, 2. 11, 1, 9.] —

2) Strahl [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 2, 34.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 99.] [Medinīkoṣa śeṣa (s. II.). 1.] [Rāmāyaṇa 1, 7, 17.] somasūryāṃśu [Yājñavalkya’s Gesetzbuch 1, 194.] Sonnenstrahl [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 2, 542] (kiraṇe caṇḍadīdhiteḥ). —

3) Glanz [Medinīkoṣa śeṣa (s. II.). 1.] —

4) Sonne [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 95.] [VIŚVA im Śabdakalpadruma] —

5) kleines Stückchen Faden u. s. w. (sūtrādisūkṣmāṃśe) [Hemacandra’s Anekārthasaṃgraha 2, 542.] geringfügiges Ding, Bischen [VIŚVA im Śabdakalpadruma] —

6) Kleidung [Dharaṇīkoṣa im Śabdakalpadruma]; vgl. aṃśuka und aṃśupaṭṭa . —

7) Nom. pr. a) eines Ṛṣi, [Ṛgveda 8, 5, 26.] — b) eines Fürsten [Viṣṇupurāṇa 423.]

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Aṃśu (अंशु):—[7]) mit dem patron. Dhānaṃjayya [Weber’s Indische Studien 4, 373.]

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Aṃśu (अंशु):—

2) [Sūryasiddhānta 7, 19. 11, 3.] — Vgl. sumadaṃśu .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Aṃśu (अंशु):—m.

1) Soma-Stengel ([Kātyāyana’s Śrautasūtra 9,4,20]) und Soma-Saft.

2) Strahl [93,5,102,13.170,27.] —

3) Nomen proprium eines Mannes.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Aṃśu (अंशु) [Also spelled anshu]:—(nf) a ray, sunbeam; ~[mālī] the sun.

2) Āṃsū (आंसू):—(nm) tear;—[pīkara raha jānā] to suppress one’s tears, to hide one’s sorrow;—[poṃchanā] to console; —[bahānā] to shed tears.

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