Bhu, Bhū: 15 definitions


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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

One of the Hands of The Seven Upper Worlds.—Bhu: the Patāka hand twisted upwards is applicable.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Bhū (भू).—(bhūḥ) In the creation of the world, the Lord broke the beginningless "Aṇḍa" (the primal egg or seed) and from it the sound "Oṃ" emerged. The first sound of it was "BHŪḤ"; the second was "BHUVAḤ"; and the third was "SVAḤ". So the combination "Bhūr Bhuvaḥ Svaḥ" was formed. Then came the most adorable and superlative effulgence of the creator (Savitā). That radiance dried up all water. A little of the water became a highly viscous substance. This viscous matter gradually solidified and became the earth. Where the aṇḍa originally was became the source of that supreme effulgence. As it was the first radiant light, it came to be called Āditya (ādi=first). The great procreator Brahmā seemed to emerge from the centre of the aṇḍa. The garbhajala (the water contained in the aṇḍa) became the oceans and rivers of the world. (Vāmana Purāṇa, Chapter 43).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Bhū (भू).—Earth: (Bhūmi) one of the seven worlds; released from Rasātala by Hari in Varāha form, this, Devī worships Hari in that form in Uttara-Kuru;1 when Pṛthu wanted to punish her for scarce supply of food, she trembled and appealed to him to make the ground level plain and milk her with a calf and a pail; was milked by the King, sages, Gods, asuras and others; hilly tracts got levelled, and cities and villages were founded.2 Bhū is said to have given yogic pādukas to Pṛthu.3 presiding deity is Agni; burnt by pralaya fire;4 the measurement of the earth (Pramāṇam) attempted by Haryaśvas (s.v.).5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 17. 34; Matsya-purāṇa 60. 2.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 17. 13-36; 18. 2-32.
  • 3) Ib. IV. 15. 18.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 155; 21. 21; IV. 1. 156; 2. 9-19, 41, 223.
  • 5) Matsya-purāṇa 5. 6.

1b) (Samiti) a Kṛtaloka, the first world; first was said Bhū and then came this world;1 is Pārthiva loka;2 these lokas are burnt by the flames of the seven suns;3 Marīci, Kaśyapa, Dakṣa and other Prajāpatis live here;4 people here live on rice and juice.5

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 107; 24. 18. 101. 11, 35-36.
  • 2) Ib. 101. 18.
  • 3) Ib. 101. 20.
  • 4) Ib. 101. 34.
  • 5) Ib. 101. 40, 42.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms

Bhū (भू).—1. Base of a triangle. 2. Earth. Note: Bhū is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha 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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Bhū (भू) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Bhū], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Bhū is also a synonym for Deśa (“region”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Bhū.—(IA 17), a land measure; equal to four bhū-māṣakas. See bhūmi. (EI 9), a land measure or a plot of land. (IE 7-1-2; EI 15, 25), ‘one’. Note: bhū 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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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

bhū : (f.) the earth.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

1) Bhū, 2 (f.) (fr. bhū, otherwise bhūmi) the earth; Loc. bhuvi according to Kaccāyana; otherwise bhuvi is aor. 3rd sg. ; of bhū: see Pischel, Prk. Gr. § 516; Geiger, Pali Gr. § 865. (Page 507)

2) Bhū, 1 (fr. bhū) (adj.) being, (n.) creature, living being in pāṇa-bhū a living being (a breathing being) J. V, 79 (=pāṇa-bhūta C.). (Page 507)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhū (भू).—f (S) The terraqueous globe.

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bhū (भू).—a S In comp. Produced from or springing from; as padmabhū Produced from the lotus; svayambhū Springing from self, self-existent. Also under its first meaning many compounds are formed with it; as bhūpati, bhūdēva, bhūlōka, bhūcara, bhūdāna, bhūkampa.

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

bhū (भू).—f The earth a Produced from. In Comp.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhū (भू).—I. 1 P. (rarely Ā.) (bhavati, babhūva, abhūt, bhaviṣyati, bhavitum, bhūta)

1) To be, become; कथमेवं भवेन्नाम (kathamevaṃ bhavennāma); अस्याः किमभवत् (asyāḥ kimabhavat) Māl.9.29 'what has become her fate', 'what has become of her' U.3.27; यद्भावि तद्भवतु (yadbhāvi tadbhavatu) U.3 'come what may'; so दुःखितो भवति, हृष्टो भवति (duḥkhito bhavati, hṛṣṭo bhavati) &c.

2) To be born or produced; यदपत्यं भवेदस्याम् (yadapatyaṃ bhavedasyām) Ms.9.127; भाग्यक्रमेण हि धनानि भवन्ति यान्ति (bhāgyakrameṇa hi dhanāni bhavanti yānti) Mk.1.13.

3) To spring or proceed from, arise; क्रोधाद् भवति संमोहः (krodhād bhavati saṃmohaḥ) Bg.2.63;14.17.

4) To happen, take place, occur; नाततायिवधे दोषो हन्तुर्भवति कश्चन (nātatāyivadhe doṣo hanturbhavati kaścana) Ms.8.351; यदि संशयो भवेत् (yadi saṃśayo bhavet) &c.

5) To live, exist; अभूदभूतपूर्वः (abhūdabhūtapūrvaḥ) ... राजा चिन्तामणिर्नाम (rājā cintāmaṇirnāma) Vās.; अभून्नृपो विबुधसखः परंतपः (abhūnnṛpo vibudhasakhaḥ paraṃtapaḥ) Bk.1.1.

6) To be alive or living, breathe; त्वमिदानीं न भविष्यसि (tvamidānīṃ na bhaviṣyasi) Ś.6; आः चारुदत्तहतक, अयं न भवसि (āḥ cārudattahataka, ayaṃ na bhavasi) Mk.4; दुरात्मन्, प्रहर नन्वयं न भवसि (durātman, prahara nanvayaṃ na bhavasi) Māl.5 ('thou art a dead man', thou shalt breathe no longer); ऋतेऽपि त्वा न भविष्यन्ति सर्वे (ṛte'pi tvā na bhaviṣyanti sarve) Bg.11.32.

7) To remain or be in any state or condition, fare; भवान् स्थले कथं भविष्यति (bhavān sthale kathaṃ bhaviṣyati) Pt.2.

8) To stay, abide; remain; अस्मिन्नेव लतागृहे त्वमभवस्तन्मार्ग- दत्तेक्षणः (asminneva latāgṛhe tvamabhavastanmārga- dattekṣaṇaḥ) U.3.37.

9) To serve, do; इदं पादोदकं भविष्यति (idaṃ pādodakaṃ bhaviṣyati) Ś.1.

1) To be possible (usually with a future tense in this sense); भवति भवान् याजयिष्यति (bhavati bhavān yājayiṣyati) Sk.

11) To lead or tend to, conduce to, bring about (with dat.); वाताय कपिला विद्युत् (vātāya kapilā vidyut) ...... पीता भवति सस्याय दुर्भिक्षाय सिता भवेत् (pītā bhavati sasyāya durbhikṣāya sitā bhavet) Mahābhārata ; सुखाय तज्जन्मदिनं बभूव (sukhāya tajjanmadinaṃ babhūva) Ku.1.23; संस्मृतिर्भव भवत्यभवाय (saṃsmṛtirbhava bhavatyabhavāya) Ki. 18.27; न तस्या रुचये बभूव (na tasyā rucaye babhūva) R.6.44.

12) To be on the side of, assist; देवा अर्जुनतोऽभवन् (devā arjunato'bhavan) |

13) To belong or pertain to (often expressed by 'have'); तस्य ह शतं जाया बभूवुः (tasya ha śataṃ jāyā babhūvuḥ) Ait. Br.; तस्य तेजोमया लोका भवन्ति ब्रह्मवादिनः (tasya tejomayā lokā bhavanti brahmavādinaḥ) Ms.6.39.

14) To be engaged in, be occupied (with loc); चरण- क्षालने कृष्णो ब्राह्मणानां स्वयं ह्यभूत् (caraṇa- kṣālane kṛṣṇo brāhmaṇānāṃ svayaṃ hyabhūt) Mb.

15) To conduct oneself, behave.

16) Ved. To be prosperous, succeed; ततो देवा अभवन् (tato devā abhavan) Bṛ. Up 1.3.7; Mb.12.228.1. Used with a preceding noun or adjective भू (bhū) serves to form verbs in the sense of 'becoming what it previously is not' or 'becoming' in general; श्वेतीभू (śvetībhū) to become white; कृष्णीभू (kṛṣṇībhū) to become black; पयोधरीभूत (payodharībhūta) 'becoming or serving the purpose of teats'; so क्षपणीभू (kṣapaṇībhū) to be or become a mendicant; प्रणिधीभू (praṇidhībhū) to act the spy; आर्द्रीभू (ārdrībhū) to melt; भस्मीभू (bhasmībhū) to be reduced to ashes; विषयीभू (viṣayībhū) to form the subject of; so एकमतीभू (ekamatībhū); तरुणीभू (taruṇībhū) &c. &c. Note-- The senses of भू (bhū) may be variously modified according to the adverbs with which it is connected; e. g. पुनर्भू (punarbhū) to marry again; आविर्भू (āvirbhū) to appear, arise, to be evident or clear; see आविस् (āvis); तिरोभू (tirobhū) to disappear; प्रादुर्भू (prādurbhū) to arise, be visible, appear; अग्रेभू (agrebhū) to be in front, take the lead; अन्तर्भू (antarbhū) to be absorbed or included; ओजस्यन्तर्भवन्त्यन्ये (ojasyantarbhavantyanye) K. P.8; दोषाभू (doṣābhū) to grow evening or dusk-time; अन्यथा भू (anyathā bhū) to be otherwise, be changed; न मे वचनमन्यथा भवितुमर्हति (na me vacanamanyathā bhavitumarhati) Ś.4; पुरो भू (puro bhū) to come forward; stand forth; मिथ्या भू (mithyā bhū) to turn out false; वृथा भू (vṛthā bhū) to become useless &c. &c. -Caus. (bhāvayati-te)

1) To cause to be or become, call into existence, call into being; ते वै ब्रह्मण आदेशात् कथमेतदभावयन् (te vai brahmaṇa ādeśāt kathametadabhāvayan) Bhāg.3.2.1.

2) To cause, produce, effect.

3) To manifest, display, exhibit.

4) To foster, cherish, support, preserve, enliven; पुनः सृजति वर्षाणि भगवान् भावयन् प्रजाः (punaḥ sṛjati varṣāṇi bhagavān bhāvayan prajāḥ) Mb.; देवान् भावयतानेन ते देवा भावयन्तु वः । परस्परं भावयन्तः श्रेयः परमवाप्स्यथ (devān bhāvayatānena te devā bhāvayantu vaḥ | parasparaṃ bhāvayantaḥ śreyaḥ paramavāpsyatha) || Bg.3.11; Bk.16.27.

5) To think or reflect, consider, fancy, imagine.

6) To look upon, consider or regard as; अर्थमनर्थं भावय नित्यम् (arthamanarthaṃ bhāvaya nityam) Moha M.2.

7) To prove, substantiate, establish; निह्नवे भावितो दद्याद्धनं राज्ञे च तत्समम् (nihnave bhāvito dadyāddhanaṃ rājñe ca tatsamam) Y.2.11.

8) To purify.

9) To get, obtain.

1) To mingle or mix.

11) To change or transform into.

12) To soak, steep.

13) To devote or addict oneself to.

14) To convince.

15) To perfume, scent. -Desid. (bubhūṣati) To wish to be or become &c. -II. 1 U. (bhavati-te) To get, obtain. -III. 1 Ā. (bhāvayate) To obtain, gain. -IV. 1 U. (bhāvayati-te)

1) To think, reflect.

2) To mix, mingle.

3) To be purified (connected with caus. of bhū q. v. above).

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Bhū (भू).—a. (At the end of comp.) Being, existing, becoming, springing from, arising or produced from, &c.; चित्तभू, आत्मभू, कमलभू, मनोभू (cittabhū, ātmabhū, kamalabhū, manobhū) &c. -m.

1) An epithet of Viṣṇu.

2) The sacrificial fire.

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Bhū (भू).—f. [bhū-kvip]

1) The earth (opp. antarīkṣa or svarga); दिवं मरुत्वानिव भोक्ष्यते भुवम् (divaṃ marutvāniva bhokṣyate bhuvam) R.3.4;18.4; Me.18; मत्तेभ- कुम्भदलने भुवि सन्ति शूराः (mattebha- kumbhadalane bhuvi santi śūrāḥ) |

2) Earth as one of the nine substances.

3) The universe, globe.

4) Ground, floor; मणिभयभुवः (maṇibhayabhuvaḥ) (prāsādāḥ) Me.66.

5) Land, landed property.

6) A place, site, region, plot of ground; काननभुवि, उपवनभुवि (kānanabhuvi, upavanabhuvi) &c.

7) Matter, subject-matter.

8) A symbolical expression for the number 'one'.

9) The base of a geometrical figure.

1) A sacrificial fire.

11) The act of becoming, arising.

12) The first of the three Vyāhṛtis or mystic syllables (bhūḥ, bhuvaḥ, svaḥ) --representing the earth--repeated by every Brāhmaṇa at the commencement of his daily Sandhyā.

Derivable forms: bhūḥ (भूः).

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

Bhū (भू).—r. 1st. cl. (bhavati) 1. To be, to become, to exist. 2. To be born or produced. r. 10th cl. (bhāvayati) 1. To mix. 2. To think. 3. To be clear or pure. r. 1st and 10th cls. (bhavati-te bhāvayati-te) To obtain. The first form of this root takes most of the prefixes, and then possesses a great variety of applications. With adhi. To rule or preside over. With anu. 1. To feel, to apprehend or perceive. 2. To do, to make. 3. To enjoy. 4. To investigate. With abhi. 1. To overcome. 2. To pain or afflict. With ut, To be born or produced. With parā To be vanquished. With pra, 1. To become manifest, to appear, to come into sight or existence. 2. To be equal to in personal conflict, to be a match for. 3. To rule, to be supreme, to preside over. 4. To be beyond or over. 5. To proceed. With prati To be substitute for. With pari, 1. To disrespect. 2. To surround. With vi, 1. To see. 2. To uphold. 3. To prove. 4. To have majesty or power. With vi and ati, vyatibhavate, To be mutually or reciprocally. With sam, 1. To be possible. 2. To exist, to be born or produced. 3. To contain. 4. To overcome. 5. To be able or adequate. 6. To associate, to collect, to mix or assemble. 7. To nourish.

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Bhū (भू).—Adj. (At the end of a compound,) 1. Becoming, springing from, as in giribhū, vittabhū, &c. 2. Being, existing.

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Bhū (भू).—f.

(-bhūḥ) 1. The earth. 2. Place, site, the place of being or abiding. 3. Landed property. 4. The base of a geometrical figure. 5. Subjectmatter, subject. 6. The number “one.” 7. The first of the three mystical syllables uttered by a Brahmana at the beginning of his daily prayers. 8. Sacrificial-fire. Ind. (bhū) The lowest of the seven hells. E. bhū to be, aff. kvip .

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