Ashlesha, aka: Āśleṣā, Aśleṣā, Āśleṣa; 6 Definition(s)

Introduction

Ashlesha means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit terms Āśleṣā and Aśleṣā and Āśleṣa can be transliterated into English as Aslesa or Ashlesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Āśleṣā (आश्लेषा):—Name for a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Āśleṣānakṣatra. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Āśleṣā means “the embrace” and is associated with the deity known as Naga (Dragons). The presiding Lord of this lunar house is Budha (Mercury).

Indian zodiac: |16°40'| – |30° Karka|
Karka (कर्क, “crab”) corresponds with Cancer.

Western zodiac: |12°40'| – |26° Leo|
Leo corresponds with  Siṃha (सिंह, “lion”). 

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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Purana

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Āśleṣā (आश्लेषा).—On the left hind foot of the śiśumāra.1 Its importance for śrāddha;2 the seventh nakṣatra.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 23. 6; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 24. 135.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 18. 5.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 82. 5.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Āśleṣā (आश्लेषा) is the Sanskrit name for an asterism (Hydrae). According to the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.14-15, the master of the dramatic art (nāṭyācārya) should perform raṅgapūjā after offering pūjā to the Jarjara (Indra’s staff). Accordingly, “After proceeding thus according to rules and staying in the phayhouse for the night, he should begin pūjā as soon as it is morning. This pūjā connected with the stage should take place under the asterism Ārdrā, Maghā, Yāmyā, Pūrvaphalgunī, Pūrvāṣāḍhā, Pūrvabhādrapadā, Aśleṣā or Mūlā”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Āśleṣā (आश्लेषा) refers to the ninth 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., āśleṣā) 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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Āśleṣā (आश्लेषा) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Āśleṣā is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Lieou, Tibetan Skag and modern Hydrae.

Āśleṣā is classified in the second group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the six following constellations (eg., Āśleṣā), then at that moment the earth trembles as if it would collapse and this trembling extends as far as the Nāgas. Then there is no more rain, the rivers dry up, the year is bad for grain, the emperor (T’ien tseu) is cruel and the great ministers are unjust”.

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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Aśleṣā (अश्लेषा).—[na śliṣyati yatrotpannena śiśunā, śliṣ-ghañ Tv.]

1) The 9th Nakṣatra of lunar mansion containing five stars.

2) Disunion, disjunction.

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Āśleṣa (आश्लेष).—

1) Embracing, clasping, an embrace; आश्लेषः लोलुपवधूस्तनकार्कश्यसाक्षिणीम् (āśleṣaḥ lolupavadhūstanakārkaśyasākṣiṇīm) Śi.2.17; Amaru.17,74,95- कण्ठाश्लेषप्रणयिनि जने (kaṇṭhāśleṣapraṇayini jane) Me.3,18.

2) Contact, intimate connection; relation; सामीप्याश्लेषविषयैर्व्याप्त्याधारश्चतुर्विधः (sāmīpyāśleṣaviṣayairvyāptyādhāraścaturvidhaḥ) Mugdha.

3) The site of an act.

-ṣāḥ f. (pl.) Name of the ninth Nakṣatra.

Derivable forms: āśleṣaḥ (आश्लेषः).

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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