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Anarudha, aka: Anārūḍha; 1 Definition(s)

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Anarudha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

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Anārūḍha (अनारूढ).—The Gajavāhyālivinoda section in Mānasollāsa, Calukya Someśvara writes: “An elephant which is adamant and does not listen to the mahout, nor obeys his orders, such an elephant is called anārūḍha, unfit for mounting. Such an elephant should be brought to the arena with its eyes closed and ears filled with cloth balls. On arriving in the arena, the cloth band tied on its eyes and the balls in the ear should be removed. Then one should make terrific noise of “vīrasūḍa” and show to the elephant parikāra, he who is ready to face or follow its fury. Then it will run.” (Mānasollāsa, viṃśati 4, Gajavāhyālīvinoda section, verses 634 & 635)

The running of the elephant with its trunk stretched suits what King Calukya Someśvara has said à propos the “anārūḍha” elephant. A collar made of small bells is around the neck of the elephant and another bell, comparatively bigger than those in the collar, is hanging on its back. The hanging of bells makes us to feel the jingling sound, the speed of the pachyderm with stretched trunk in its fury.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal (hinduism)

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