Anartha; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Anartha (अनर्थ) is another name for Dundubhi, one of the seven regions situated in Krauñcadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 88. Krauñcadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Jyotiṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

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anartha (अनर्थ).—m (S a & artha) Any exceeding, overwhelming calamity, e.g. an inundation, an epidemic, a hostile irruption: also the disorder, tumult, or distress occasioned by it. 2 Excess, extravagance, vehemence, boundlessness. It is used with the uttermost freedom, and of all actions, appearances, qualities, things, of which the speaker would express the immoderateness, exorbitance, or superlativeness. Ex. hyā pōrānēṃ raḍaṇyācā a0 māṇḍilā or raḍūna a0 kēlā This child is bellowing with might and main; dēvaḷa bāndhāvayācā hyānēṃ aṃ0 māṇḍilā He is straining every nerve and employing every means to build the temple; rājānēṃ a0 mājēvalā The Raja has set on foot a grievous oppression. āmacēṃ kuṭumba samagra || kumbhakarṇē grāsilēṃ ṭhāra || a0 māṇḍilā || yandā sastāīcā a0 jhālā pandharā pāyalī tāndūḷa rupayāsa miḷatāta; pāvasānēṃ a0 kēlā; tyānēṃ ēkā divasānta pāñcaśēṃ śrlōka lihūna a0 kēlā. 3 Also used adj & adv in the above sense. Ex. hā a0 bōlatō; tyācī a0 buddhi. 4 Want or privation of meaning, nonsense. Ex. śrlōkācā artha sōḍūna a0 kēlā. N. B. This last sense is the radical or literal sense, but it is uncommon. The intelligent student will recognise in it the source of the other senses, and will call to mind the similar use of the English word Nonsense. 5 Unsubstantialness, unsatisfactoriness, hollowness, inanity. Ex. jaḍā anarthānta samāna sācā|| jō artha tō mī priya māṇasācā|| In the midst of dreary vanity, the true and unvarying substance or good--am I, the beloved of man. (An utterance ascribed to Deity.) Oh! si sic omnia.

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anārtha (अनार्थ).—a S Unworthy, uncreditable, disreputable.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anartha (अनर्थ).—m Any overwhelming calamity. Excess. Nonsense.

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

Anartha (अनर्थ).—a. [na. ba.]

1) Useless, worthless; शुनः पुच्छमिवानर्थं पाण्डित्यं धर्मवर्जितम् (śunaḥ pucchamivānarthaṃ pāṇḍityaṃ dharmavarjitam) Pt.3.97.

2) Unfortunate, unhappy.

3) Harmful, disastrous, bad; चित्तज्ञानानुवर्तिनोऽनर्था अपि प्रियाः स्युः (cittajñānānuvartino'narthā api priyāḥ syuḥ) Dk.16; wicked (opp. dakṣiṇa).

4) Not having that meaning (but another); having no meaning, nonsensical, meaningless.

5) Poor.

-rthaḥ [na. ta.]

1) Nonuse or value.

2) A worthless or useless object.

3) A reverse, evil, calamity, misfortune; R.18.14; रन्ध्रोपनिपातिनोऽनर्थाः (randhropanipātino'narthāḥ) Ś.6; एकैकमप्यनर्थाय किमु यत्र चतुष्टयम् (ekaikamapyanarthāya kimu yatra catuṣṭayam) H.1; cf. छिद्रेष्वनर्था बहुलीभवन्ति (chidreṣvanarthā bahulībhavanti) &c.; Ms.4.193, H.4.92; harmful object, danger; अर्थमनर्थं भावय नित्यम् (arthamanarthaṃ bhāvaya nityam) Moha. M.2.

4) Nonsense, want of sense.

5) Name of Viṣṇu (āptasarva- kāmatvāttasya tathātvam).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anartha (अनर्थ).—mfn.

(-rthaḥ-rthā-rthaṃ) Unmeaning, fruitless, nonsensical. E. an neg. artha use.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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