Anuradha, aka: Anurādhā, Anurādha, Anūrādha; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Anurādhā (अनुराधा):—Name for a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Anurādhānakṣatra. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Anurādhā means “following rādhā” and is associated with the deity known as Mitra (God of devotion/ friendship). The presiding Lord of this lunar house is Śani (Saturn).

Indian zodiac: |3°20'| – |16°40' Vṛścika|
Vṛścika (वृश्चिक, “scorpion”) corresponds with Scorpio.

Western zodiac: |29°20' Scorpio| – |12°40' Sagittarius|
Scorpio corresponds with Vṛścika (वृश्चिक, “scorpion”) and Sagittarius corresponds with Dhanuṣa (धनुष, “bow”).

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Anurādhā (अनुराधा).—A nakṣatra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 50; 82. 9.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Anurādhā (अनुराधा) refers to the seventeenth of twenty-seven constellations (ṛkṣa), according to the Mānasāra. Ṛkṣa is the third of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

The particular nakṣatra, also known as ṛkṣa (eg., anurādhā) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). In the context of village planning and measurement, the text sates that among the stars (ṛkṣa), the ones that are pūrṇa (odd), are auspicious and the ones that are karṇa (even), inauspicious.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Anurādhā (अनुराधा, ‘propitious’) is β, δ, and π (perhaps also ρ) Scorpionis.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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1. Anuradha - An Elder. Once when he was staying in a forest hut in the Mahavana in Vesali, near to where the Buddha was, certain wandering ascetics came to him and asked him whether or not a Tathagata exists after death; dissatisfied with his answer they called him fool and went away. Thereupon Anuradha sought advice from the Buddha, who asked him How, inasmuch as it cannot be said of a Tathagata even in this very life that he really exists, can anything be said regarding him after death?

S.iii.116-19; the same story is repeated, with slight expansions, in S.iv.380-6.

2. Anuradha - One of those that accompanied Vijaya to Ceylon. He later became one of his ministers and founded Anuradhagama. Mhv.vii.43.

3. Anuradha - A Sakiya prince, brother of Bhaddakaccana; a great uncle of Pandukabhaya. He founded a settlement at Anuradhagama and constructed a tank, to the south of which he erected a house for himself. Later he handed this over to Pandukabhaya. Mhv.vii.43-4.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Anurādhā (अनुराधा) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Anurādhā is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Fang, Tibetan Lha-mtshams and modern Scorpionis.

Anurādhā is classified in the fourth group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the nine following constellations (eg., Anurādhā), then at that moment the earth trembles as if it would collapse and this trembling extends as far as Devendra. Then peace (yogakṣema) is plentiful, rain favors the growth of the five grains, the emperor is kind (śiva), the great ministers are virtuous and everyone is peaceful”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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anurādhā (अनुराधा).—f pl S The 17th Nakshatra or lunar mansion.

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anūrādhā (अनूराधा).—f pl S The seventeenth Nakshatra or lunar mansion.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anurādhā (अनुराधा).—f The 17th nakṣatra or lunar mansion.

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anūrādhā (अनूराधा).—f The 17th nakṣatra or lunar mansion.

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

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Anurādha (अनुराध).—a.

1) Causing welfare; also written as अनूराध (anūrādha); इन्द्रं वयमनूराधं हवामहे (indraṃ vayamanūrādhaṃ havāmahe) Av.

2) Born under the asterism अनुराधा (anurādhā) P.IV.3.34.

-dhaḥ Name of a Buddhist.

-dhā [anugatā rādhāṃ viśākhām |] Name of the 17th of the 27 lunar mansions or asterisms (so called because it follows rādhā or viśākhā). It consists of four stars.

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Anūrādha (अनूराध).—= अनुयाज, अनुराध (anuyāja, anurādha).

See also (synonyms): anūyāja.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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