Anugraha: 15 definitions

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Anugraha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Anugraha (अनुग्रह) refers to “blessing” and represents the “liberation from the cycle of birth and death” and represents one of the “five-fold duties” (pañcakṛtya), according to Śivapurāna 1.10.1-5.—Accordingly, “[...] the permanent cycle of the five-fold duties consists of creation, maintenance, annihilation, concealment, and blessing. [...] Liberation (from the cycle of birth and death) is blessing. [...] Anugraha (liberation, the blessed state) in the firmament [...] everything is blessed by the firmament; [...] In order to look after these five-fold activities (pañcakṛtya) I have five faces, four in the four quarters and the fifth in the middle”.

2) Anugraha (अनुग्रह) refers to a “blessing”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.42.—Accordingly, as Dakṣa bowed and eulogised Śiva:—“[...] O lord, lord of Devas, be merciful. Obeisance to thee. O Śiva, the storehouse of mercy, forgive my faults. O, Śiva, Thou hast blessed (anugraha) me under the pretext of punishing me. O lord, I have been wicked and foolish. Thy real nature I could not understand. [...]”.

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Manblunder: Detailed Study of Shiva Sutras

anugraha (creation, sustenance, dissolution, annihilation and grace or re-creation)

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Hindupedia: The Hindu Encyclopedia

1) anugraha (unveiling, making the individual realize the Truth beyond Māya)

2) favour, kindness, mercy, blessing

3) an incarnation of Viṣṇu (Vi. Pur.)

India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Anugraha.—(IE 8-2), same as anudhyāna; favour. Note: anugraha is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anugraha (अनुग्रह).—m (S) Favor, grace, kindness: also graciousness or propitiousness. 2 Instructing in the mystical verses or incantations of the Vedas; instructing or affording lessons gen. (Teaching being viewed as Conferring of favor.) v ghē, dē Ex. āpaṇa dharuni vipravēṣa || dyāvā tukyāsī a0 || 3 Holding with; amicable or assistant connection. Ex. antaḥkaraṇācē anugrahāvāñcūna indriyāsa viṣayagrahaṇī- sāmarthya yēta nāhī.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

anugraha (अनुग्रह).—m Favour, obligation, graciousness.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anugraha (अनुग्रह).—

1) A. favour, kindness, obligation; showing favour, obliging, rewarding (opp. nigraha); निग्रहानुग्रहकर्ता (nigrahānugrahakartā) Pt.1; पादार्पणानुग्रहपूतपृष्ठम् (pādārpaṇānugrahapūtapṛṣṭham) R.2.35; अनुग्रह इवेयमभ्यर्थना (anugraha iveyamabhyarthanā) Ś.1; अनुग्रहं संस्मरणप्रवृत्तम् (anugrahaṃ saṃsmaraṇapravṛttam) Ku.3.3.

2) Assistance, help (shown to the poor in feeding them &c. daridrādipoṣaṇam).

3) Facilitating by spells.

4) Acceptance.

5) Rear-guard.

Derivable forms: anugrahaḥ (अनुग्रहः).

See also (synonyms): anugrahaṇa.

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

Anugraha (अनुग्रह).—m.

(-haḥ) Favour; conferring benefits, promoting good, and preventing ill. E. anu afterwards, graha to take, and ac aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Anugraha (अनुग्रह).—[anu-grah + a], m. 1. Promoting, [Rāmāyaṇa] 6, 11, 22. 2. Favour, [Pañcatantra] 34, 2. 3. Help, Böhtl. Ind. Spr. 1643.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Anugraha (अनुग्रह).—[masculine] favour, kindness, service, benefit.

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

1) Anugraha (अनुग्रह):—[=anu-graha] [from anu-grah] m. favour, kindness, showing favour, conferring benefits, promoting or furthering a good object

2) [v.s. ...] assistance

3) [v.s. ...] facilitating by incantations

4) [v.s. ...] rear-guard

5) [v.s. ...] Name of the eighth or fifth creation, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Anugraha (अनुग्रह):—[anu-graha] (haḥ) 1. m. Favor.

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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 (even English!). 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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