Bodha; 11 Definition(s)


Bodha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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


1a) Bodha (बोध).—A son of Buddhi.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 9. 60. Vāyu-purāṇa 10. 36.

1b) (c) a kingdom in Madhyadeśa called after the people inhabiting it.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 41.
(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.

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Bodha (बोध) is the tradition (ovallī) founded by Amara, who was one of the twelve princes born to Kuṃkumā, consort to Mīnanātha, who is the incarnation of Siddhanātha in the fourth yuga, belonging to the Pūrvāmnāya (‘eastern doctrine’) tradition of Kula Śaivism, according to the Ciñcinīmatasārasamuccaya. Siddhanātha incarnates as a Kaula master in each of the four yugas. Amara was one of the six princes having the authority to teach.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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.

Ayurveda (science of life)

Bodha (बोध, “reviving”).—One of the processes for manufacturing cosmetics and perfumes mentioned by Gaṅgādhara;—Bodha means reviving the scent of a perfume with the help of aromatic ingredients acting as reviving agents. It is further developed by vedha.

(Source): Studies in India Cultural History: Indian Science of Cosmetics and Perfumery
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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.

Itihasa (narrative history)

Bodha (बोध) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.13.25, VI.10.38) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Bodha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

India history and geogprahy

The Bodha tribe (Bodo people in modern times) was traditionally living on the north bank of Brahmaputra river (Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) and in the foothills of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh since pre-Mahabharata era. The Bodha people living in the foothills of Bhutan had to immigrate to western and central Tibet fearing the oppression by King Jarasandha. Thus, western Tibet and central Tibet was gradually populated by the Bodha tribe of India.

Mahabharata mentions that a tribe of Bodhas residing in the northern and north-eastern side of Magadha fled westwards along with Shurasenas, Bhadrakāras, Shalvas, Pataccaras, Sustharas, Sukuttas, Kuninthas and Kuntis out of fear of Magadha emperor Jarasandha. Tibetans were generally referred to as Bhotas or Bhauttas in Sanskrit since post-Buddhist period. There is no reference of Bhotas or Bhauttas in Ramayana and Mahabharata. Ancient Tibet was called as Bod or Bod-yul.

(Source): The Chronological History of Tibetan Buddhism
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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.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

bodha : (m.) enlightenment; knowledge.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

1) Bodha, 2 see pali°. (Page 491)

2) Bodha, 1 (fr. budh; the usual) form is sambodha=bodhi, viz. knowledge, wisdom, enlightenment, Buddhaship D. III, 54 (v. l. sam°); DhsA. 217; in phrase bodhāya maggo J. I, 67; Miln. 244, 289; and in bodha-pakkhiyadhammā (for which usually bodhi°) SnA 164 (where given as 37); complementary to santi (arousing, soothing) Th. 1, 342. bodhaṅgama leading to enlightenment (dhammā) Nett 31, 83 (v. l. bojjh°). (Page 491)

(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.

Marathi-English dictionary

bōdha (बोध).—m (S) Perception; perceived, apprehended, or understood state. 2 Explaining; making known; conveying the knowledge of. 3 Perception or apprehension of; knowledge. Ex. bōdha bimbōni nāśē avidyā ||. 4 Informing; instructing; making acquainted with. 5 S Awakened or aroused state: also awakening or arousing.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bōdha (बोध).—m Perception; knowledge. Instructing; explaining.

(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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Bodha (बोध).—a. Knowing, understanding.

-dhaḥ [budh-bhāve ghañ]

1) Perception, knowledge, apprehension, observation, conception; बालानां सुखबोधाय (bālānāṃ sukhabodhāya) T. S.

2) Idea, thought.

3) Understanding, intellect, intelligence, wisdom.

4) Waking up, becoming awake, a waking state, consciousness.

5) Opening, blooming, expanding.

6) Instruction, advice, admonition.

7) Awakening, rousing.

8) An epithet, designation.

9) Name of a district.

1) Exciting (a perfume.)

(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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