Bhushana, aka: Bhusana, Bhūsana, Bhūṣaṇa; 13 Definition(s)


Bhushana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Bhūṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Bhusana or Bhushana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण):—The Sanskrit name for a classification of a ‘temple’, according to the Agnipurāṇa, featuring a list of 45 temple types. It is listed under the group named Maṇika, featuring oval-shaped temples. This list represents the classification of temples in North-India.

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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण, “ornamental quality”) refers to one of the thirty-six “characteristic features” (lakṣaṇa) of perfect ‘poetic compositions’ (kāvyabandha) and ‘dramatic compositions’ (dṛśyakāvya, or simply kāvya). According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 17, these thirty-six lakṣaṇas act as instructions for composing playwrights. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण, “ornateness”).—One of the thirty-six lakṣaṇa, or “excellent points of a dramatic composition”;—Description of bhūṣaṇa: To provide a composition with many figures of speech (alaṃkāra), and guṇas placed like ornaments, is called Ornateness (bhūṣaṇa, lit. “ornament”).

Source: Natya Shastra
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण) was a soldier in Sunītha and Sūryaprabha’s army whose strength is considered as equaling a full-power warrior (pūrṇaratha), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 47. Accordingly, as the Asura Maya explained the arrangement of warriors in Sunītha’s army: “... [Bhūṣaṇa, and others], are all full-power warriors”.

The story of Bhūṣaṇa was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Bhūṣaṇa, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण) refers to “ornaments”, which is mentioned as obtainable through the worship of Śiva, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.14:—“[...] by worshipping with Bandhūka flowers the devotee will get ornaments (bhūṣaṇa); with Jātī flowers he will acquire good vehicles; with Atasī flowers he will attain favour of Viṣṇu”.

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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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The Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण) is a Sanskrit commentary written by Śivarāma on the Daśakumāracarita by Daṇḍin, a Sanskrit grammarian and author of prose romances who lived in the 7th-century.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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bhūsana : (nt.) an ornament; decoration.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Bhūsana, (nt.) (fr. bhūṣ) ornament, decoration Vism. 10 (yatino-sīla-bhūsana-bhūsitā contrasted to rājāno muttāmaṇi-vibhūsitā). (Page 508)

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

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bhūṣaṇa (भूषण).—n (S) An ornament in general, lit. fig.; anything which embellishes, adorns, graces; a jewel or trinket; a virtue, excellence, accomplishment. 2 Ornament, decoration, embellishment. 3 Ornamented or adorned state. 4 Adorning or embellishing, lit. fig.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhūṣaṇa (भूषण).—n An ornament; adorning; decoration.

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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Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण).—[bhūṣyate'nena bhūṣ-karaṇe lyuṭ]

1) Ornamenting, decoration.

2) An ornament, decoration, an article of decoration; क्षीयन्ते खलु भूषणानि सततं वाग्भूषणं भूषणम् (kṣīyante khalu bhūṣaṇāni satataṃ vāgbhūṣaṇaṃ bhūṣaṇam) Bh. 2.19; R.3.2;13.57.

-ṇaḥ Name of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: bhūṣaṇam (भूषणम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bhūṣaṇā (भूषणा).—(?) , f. (only nt. in Pali and Prakrit; in Sanskrit nt. or ‘exceptionally’ m.), ornament: hā istrigārā vigaḍita bhūṣaṇābhiḥ LV 231.6 (verse), stripped of ornaments; v.l. °ta-bhūṣaṇāni (could be construed as Bhvr. adj. with istrigārā, or better istrigārā-vigaḍita-bhūṣaṇāni as one word, alas for the ornaments fallen from the harem-women!).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Bhūṣaṇa (भूषण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) Ornament, embellishment. E. bhūṣ to adorn, aff. lyuṭ .

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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