Dhanusha, Dhanuṣa: 8 definitions

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Dhanusha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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 Dhanuṣa can be transliterated into English as Dhanusa or Dhanusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Dhanusha in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dhanuṣa (धनुष).—An ancient sage. He was a priest in the yāga of Uparicaravasu. (Śloka 7, Chapter 336, Śānti Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dhanuṣa (धनुष).—A son of Satyadhṛti.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 50. 30.
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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: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Dhanuṣa (धनुष) or Dhanvin refers to the sign of Sagittarius, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the sun and moon should begin to be eclipsed when only half risen, deceitful men will suffer as well as sacrificial rites. [...] If they should be eclipsed when in the sign of Sagittarius (Dhanuṣa) [i.e., dhanvin], ministers, fine horses, the Videhas, the Mallānas, the Pāñcālas, physicians, merchants and persons skilled in the use of destructive weapons will perish. If when in the sign of Capricornus (Makara), fishes, the families of ministers, the Cāṇḍālas, skilled magicians, physicians and old soldiers will perish”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhanuṣa (धनुष):—[from dhanu] m. Name of a Ṛṣi (ṣākhya, [Mahābhārata xii, 12758]).

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Dhanuṣa (धनुष) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Dhaṇuhī.

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Dhanusha in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Dhanusha in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Dhanuṣa (धनुष) [Also spelled dhanush]:—(nm) a bow, an arch.

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