Ananga, aka: Anaṅga, Anaṅgā; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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1a) Anaṅga (अनङ्ग).—A madhyamādhvaryu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 17.

1b) Another name of God of Love, after he was burnt to ashes by Śiva.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 7. 23; 23. 30; 154. 272; 291. 32; Vāyu-purāṇa 104. 48.

2) Anaṅgā (अनङ्गा).—Was the Apsaras sent by Indra to ruin Hari's tapas.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 61. 22.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

Anaṅga (अनङ्ग) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Anaṅga) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

anaṅga (अनंग).—m The god of love. Cupid.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anaṅga (अनङ्ग).—a. [na. ba.]

1) Bodiless, without a body; formless, incorporeal; त्वमनङ्गः कथमक्षता रतिः (tvamanaṅgaḥ kathamakṣatā ratiḥ) Ku.4.9.

2) Different from the body.

3) Without a supplement or auxiliary.

-ṅgaḥ 1 Cupid (the bodiless one; so called from his having been reduced to ashes by Siva with the fire of his third eye, when he tried to seduce the God's mind towards Pārvatī for the birth of a deliverer of the Gods from Tāraka.)

2) Wind.

3) A goblin.

4) A shadow, cf. अनङ्गे मन्मथे वायौ पिशाचच्छाययोरपि (anaṅge manmathe vāyau piśācacchāyayorapi) Nm.

-ṅgam 1 Sky, air, ether.

2) The mind (ākāśasya niravayavatvāt nyāyavaiśeṣikamate cittasya aguṇatvena tasya tathātvam).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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