Anucana, aka: Anūcāna, Anūcānā; 4 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Anuchana.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Anūcānā (अनूचाना).—A nymph. This Devastrī, along with other nymphs came down on earth at the time of the birth, of Arjuna and danced. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 122, Verse 61).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Anūcāna (अनूचान) refers to persons “well-learned in Śāstras”, who seclude themselves from the company (saṃsarga) of wicked people (durvṛtta), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.17. Accordingly, as Guṇanidhi, who was addicted to gambling (dyūta), was told by his mother as follows:—“[...] Your [viz., Guṇanidhi’s] ancestors and grandfathers (pitāmaha) had all earned the reputation (rūḍhi) of being good Vedic scholars (Sacchrotriya), well learned in Śāstras (Anūcāna), and performers of sacrifices (Dīkṣita), especially Somayāgas. Shun the company (saṃsarga) of the wicked people (durvṛtta), associate with good men (sādhusaṅgara), turn your attention to good learning (sadvidyā) and strictly adhere to Brahminical conventions (brāhmaṇācāra). Emulate your father in form (rūpa), fame (yaśas) and traditional activity (kulaśīla). Why don’t you feel ashamed? Cast off your wickedness (durvṛtta)”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anūcāna (अनूचान).—a. or

-naḥ [anuvac-kānac nipātaḥ P.III.2.19; vedasya anuvacanaṃ kṛtavān anūcānaḥ Sk.]

1) One devoted to study, learned; especially one wellversed in the Vedas with their Aṅgas so as to be able to repeat, read and teach them; योऽनूचानः स नो महान् (yo'nūcānaḥ sa no mahān) Mb.9.51.5; Ms.2.154;5. 82; Y.3.24; इदमूचुरनूचानाः (idamūcuranūcānāḥ) Ku.6.15. दृप्तबालाकिर्हानूचानो गार्ग्य आस (dṛptabālākirhānūcāno gārgya āsa) Bṛ. Up.2.1.1.

2) Modest, unassuming; humble, well-behaved.

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Anūcāna (अनूचान).—&c. See under अनुवच् (anuvac).

See also (synonyms): anūkti.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anūcāna (अनूचान).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Well-behaved. m.

(-naḥ) A learned Brahman; one versed in the Vedas and Vedangas. E. anū, and vaca to speak; the form is irregular.

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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