Brahma-muhurta, Brāhma-muhūrta, Brahma-muhūrta, Brahman-muhurta: 9 definitions
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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition
Brāhmamuhūrta (ब्राह्ममुहूर्त) refers to:—The auspicious period of the day just before dawn, from one-and-a-half hours to fifty minutes before sunrise. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition
Brāhmamuhūrta (ब्राह्ममुहूर्त) refers to the “most beneficial time of the day” (for the cultivation of spiritual life), according to the Arcana-dīpikā (manual on deity worship).—[...] In the last part of the night, the segment of time consisting of the two muhūrtas (one hour and thirty-six minutes) before sunrise, is called aruṇodaya, or dawn. The first of these two muhūrtas is called the brāhma-muhūrta. This brāhma-muhūrta is the most beneficial time of the day for the cultivation of spiritual life.
In this [brāhma-muhūrta], one rises from bed saying, śrī gurugaurāṅga śrī rādhā-vinoda-bihārījī kī jaya! and chanting the pañca-tattva-mantra and the mahā-mantra. Then one should brush one’s teeth, wash one’s mouth, face, hands and feet, and then bathe after passing stool. If for some reason one cannot bathe, then change from the cloth worn throughout the night into fresh, clean cloth. Afterward, while meditating on the lotus feet of śrī gurudeva, glorify him by chanting Śrī Guru-vandanā, Śrī Gurvāṣṭaka etc.
Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Brāhmamuhūrta (ब्राह्ममुहूर्त).—The period of forty-eight minutes before the sunrise is called Brāhmamuhūrta. The deity of this period is Brahmā. In Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 155, it is instructed that one should wake up at this period and engage in prayer and meditation.Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation
Brāhmamuhūrta (ब्राह्ममुहूर्त) is the period between the fourth and the second ghaṭikas before sunrise, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.11, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] one shall get up early in the morning during the Brāhma Muhūrta (about an hour before dawn). He shall remember the preceptor and Śiva. O sage, he shall then remember the holy centres and meditate on Hari. Thereafter he shall remember me, the deities and the sages. Then he shall recite a prayer in the name of Śiva duly. Then he shall get up and evacuate his bowels in southern quarter. The evacuation of the bowels shall be done in an isolated place. [...]”.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Brahma-muhūrta (ब्रह्म-मुहूर्त):—Name for a specific portion or phase of the day, used in ancient India during Vedic times. Brahma means “universe” and muhūrta means “division of time”, in this case, a 30th part of a day. This is the twenty-ninth muhūrta of a day.
The specific time range this day-part refers to is 04:24–05:12 and has Very Auspicious qualities.Source: Google Books: Japa Transformations
The brāhma-muhūrta hour is the most important time in the day, and you want to be awake for good chanting. If you’re heavy-lidded, there’s not much you can do but wash your face, grit your teeth, and do the best you can do. Don’t give in to sleepiness. The regulated life of a full night’s sleep is important. Conversing before your japa uses up energy and is a distraction and shouldn’t be indulged in. Get right down to business as soon as you get up. Call to Kṛṣṇa for help, and He will help you stay awake. Keeping up a good speed is also helpful. Gradually, you gain your wakefulness and take advantage of it. Harināma deserves your best effort.
The brāhma-muhūrta hour is recommended as the best time for spiritual duties. Devotees who have fulltime jobs should try to make the sacrifice of going to bed early at night so they can get up early. But it may be that they cannot do it because they get tired later on the job. Still, the earlier, the better. Little children and the wife may still be asleep, and you have a clear stretch to be alone with Nāma Prabhu. Or husband and wife can both make a pact and be up early for the sacred yajña.Source: Hindu Dharma Forums: great (profound) questions...
Brahmā-muhūrta consists of 2 muhūrta (48 min x 2 = 96 min) before sunrise; some count it as 4 ghaṭīkā, yet the overall time still = 96 min. Note this period of brahmā-muhūrta is made of 2 muhūrtas . One is brahmā and the other is samudram (or samudraḥ pending its grammatical use). This word means ocean, the aerial waters ( the “ocean” of the sky).
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Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Brahmamuhūrta (ब्रह्ममुहूर्त).—a particular hour of the day.
Derivable forms: brahmamuhūrtaḥ (ब्रह्ममुहूर्तः).
Brahmamuhūrta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and muhūrta (मुहूर्त).
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Brāhmamuhūrta (ब्राह्ममुहूर्त).—a particular period of the day, the early part of the day (rātreśca paścime yāme muhūrto brāhma ucyate); cf. ब्राह्मे मुहूर्ते किल तस्य देवी कुमारकल्पं सुषुवे कुमारम् (brāhme muhūrte kila tasya devī kumārakalpaṃ suṣuve kumāram) R.5.36; ब्राह्मे मुहूर्ते बुध्येत (brāhme muhūrte budhyeta) Ms.4.92.
Derivable forms: brāhmamuhūrtaḥ (ब्राह्ममुहूर्तः).
Brāhmamuhūrta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brāhma and muhūrta (मुहूर्त).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Brahmamuhūrta (ब्रह्ममुहूर्त):—[=brahma-muhūrta] [from brahma > brahman] m. a [particular] hour of the day, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]
2) Brāhmamuhūrta (ब्राह्ममुहूर्त):—[=brāhma-muhūrta] [from brāhma > brahman] m. n. a [particular] period of the day (that included between the 4th Ghaṭikā and the 2nd before sunrise), dawn, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. [Manu-smṛti iv, 92]).
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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Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
Verse 7.145 < [Section XII - Daily Routine of Work]
Verse 4.92 < [Section XI - Daily Duties]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 34 - The March of Śaṅkhacūḍa < [Section 2.5 - Rudra-saṃhitā (5): Yuddha-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 4 - The daily conduct of a Sannyāsin < [Section 6 - Kailāsa-saṃhitā]
Chapter 3 - The way of Sannyāsa < [Section 6 - Kailāsa-saṃhitā]
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 26 - Eligibility for Kriyā-Yoga etc. < [Section 9 - Vāsudeva-māhātmya]
Chapter 35 - Vaikuntha Caturdaśī Vrata < [Section 4 - Kārttikamāsa-māhātmya]
Chapter 13 - The Glory of Amṛtavāpī: Salvation of Agastya’s Brother < [Section 1 - Setu-māhātmya]
Vasistha Dharmasutra (by Georg Bühler)