Angahara, Aṅgahāra, Anga-hara, Aṅgahara: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Aṅgahara (अङ्गहर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIV.8.30, XIV.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Aṅgahara) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Aṅgahāra (अङ्गहार, “movement of limbs”) refers to “major dance figures” consisting of minor dance figures (karaṇas), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 4.13. It was first presented and performed before Śiva in the Himalayan region, in the presence many Bhūtas, Gaṇas and beautiful caves and waterfalls.

These are the thirty-two different kinds of aṅgahāras:

  1. sthirahasta,
  2. paryastaka,
  3. sūcividdha,
  4. apaviddha,
  5. ākṣiptaka,
  6. udghaṭṭita,
  7. viṣkambha,
  8. aparājita,
  9. viṣkambhāpasṛta,
  10. mattākrīḍa,
  11. svastikarecita,
  12. pārśvasvastika,
  13. vṛścika,
  14. (vṛścikāpasṛta) bhramara,
  15. mattaskhalitaka,
  16. madavilasita,
  17. gatimaṇḍala,
  18. paricchinna,
  19. parivṛttarecita,
  20. vaiśākharecita,
  21. parāvṛtta,
  22. alātaka,
  23. pārśvaccheda,
  24. vidyudbhrānta,
  25. uddhṛtaka,
  26. (udvṛttaka) alīḍha,
  27. recita,
  28. ācchurita,
  29. ākṣiptarecita,
  30. saṃbhrānta,
  31. apasarpita,
  32. Ardhanikuṭṭaka.
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Some Pearls from the Fourth Chapter of Abhinavabhāratī Table of Contents

Abhinavagupta defines Aṅgahāra (अङ्गहार) and explains it as the process of moving the limbs from one place to another. Because it is loved and practiced by Hara (Śiva), the shadow of his name is incorporated in the term aṅgahāra. It must be understood as the twisting and bending of the limbs in a graceful manner

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṅgahāra (अङ्गहार).—[aṅgaṃ hriyate itastataḥ cālyate yatra, hṛ-ādhāre or bhāve ghañ] gesticulation, movements of the limbs, a dance; अङ्गहारैस्तथैवान्या कोमलै- र्नृत्यशालिनी (aṅgahāraistathaivānyā komalai- rnṛtyaśālinī) Rām.5.1.36. संसक्तैरगुरुवनेषु साङ्गहारम् (saṃsaktairaguruvaneṣu sāṅgahāram) Ki.7.37. Ku.7.91.

Derivable forms: aṅgahāraḥ (अङ्गहारः).

Aṅgahāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṅga and hāra (हार).

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

Aṅgahāra (अङ्गहार).—m.

(-raḥ) Gesture, gesticulation. E. aṅga, and hāra taking, moving; also aṅgahāri.

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

Aṅgahāra (अङ्गहार):—[=aṅga-hāra] [from aṅga] ([Kathāsaritsāgara]) ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) m. gesticulation.

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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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