Dhruva, Dhruvā: 30 definitions
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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana
Dhruva (ध्रुव):—One of the three sons of Rantināva (son of Ṛteyu). (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.20.6)Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
1) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—One of the ten sons of Priyavrata, who was a son of Svāyambhuva Manu, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Svāyambhuva Manu was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.
2) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—One of the sons of Medhātithi, who was a son of Priyavrata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 74. Priyavrata was a son o. Svāyambhuva Manu was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
1) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—Birth and childhood. Manu Svāyambhuva the son of Brahmā, had two sons named Priyavrata and Uttānapāda. They were mighty heroes and of righteous character. Uttānapāda had two wives, Suruci and Sunīti. Suruci gave birth to Uttama and Sunīti to Dhruva. Uttānapāda showed more favour towards Uttama and Suruci. But he looked upon Dhruva and his mother with disfavour. (See full article at Story of Dhruva from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)
2) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—He was the son of Nahuṣa and the brother of Yayāti. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 75, Stanza 30)
3) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—A king. He sits in the council of Yama and serves him. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 8, Stanza 10)
4) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—A warrior who fought on the side of the Kauravas against the Pāṇḍavas. He was killed by Bhīmasena (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 155, Stanza 27)
5) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—A king who supported Yudhiṣṭhira. (Mahābhārata Droṇa Parva, Chapter 158, Verse 39).
6) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—A son born to Dharmadeva by his wife Dhūmrā. He was one of the aṣṭa Vasus (eight Vasus) (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 66, Stanza 19).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—A son of Uttānapāda and Sunīti (bhā. p. & vi. p.)—(m., br. & vā. p. speak of Sūnṛtā as his mother). A grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu; hated by his father's more beloved wife, Suruci, took leave of his mother to go to the forest; met Nārada and was blessed, advised and initiated by the sage; as a child of five went to Madhuvana on the bank of the Yamunā; continued to meditate on the Lord's glory for a period of 10,000 years, sometime eating roots and fruits, and sometime fasting; sought refuge in Viṣṇu, standing on one foot to the great consternation of gods.1 Hari appeared before him, and touching his baby cheeks, conferred on him divine speech; his praise of the Lord; assuring him a place in the mansion of the luminaries, Hari asked him to go home and rule righteously which he did for 36,000 years. Dhruva's return was welcomed by the king and his queens; bowed to his parents and embraced Uttāna; was welcomed by the citizens; getting old, the king anointed Dhruva and retired to forest.2 Had two queens: one was Bhramī who gave birth to Kalpa and Vatsara; the other Ilā whose son was Utkala. (According to Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa one wife was Bhūmī who gave birth to Sṛṣṭi and Bhavya; according to Matsya-purāṇa Dhanyā, the daughter of Manas was one of his queens and her son was Śiṣṭa.).
- 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. ch. 8. (whole); Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 88-95; Matsya-purāṇa 4. 35-36; 143. 38; Vāyu-purāṇa 62. 75-78.
- 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. ch. 9. (whole).
- 1) Matsya-purāṇa 5. 21-3; 203. 3-4.
- 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 11-12; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 20-2.
- 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 19; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 110-11.
1c) A son of Rantibhāra (Ranti, the righteous, Vāyu-purāṇa).*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 20. 6. Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 129.
1d) A son of Vasudeva and Rohiṇī.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 46.
1e) A son of Medhātithi and founder of the kingdom, Dhruvam, in Plakṣadvīpa; attained heaven by tapas.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 37-9; 30. 39; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 33; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 4-5.
1f) A Vaikuṇṭha God.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 57.
1g) A God of Lekha group.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 75.
1h) A son of Angada.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 220.
1i) One of the eleven Rudras.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 153. 19.
1j) A son of Dharma and Sudevī.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 46.
1k) A Rājaṛṣi.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 57. 122.
1l) The presiding deity on Uttiramandira etc. (music).*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 86. 56.
1m) A son of Viśvāmitra.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 68; Vāyu-purāṇa 91. 96.
1n) A son of Antīnara.*
- * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 19. 4.
1o) —(c)—adjoining the Vaibhrāja hill in Plakṣadvīpa.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 39; 19. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 14.
1p) A Sukha god.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 19.
1q) Same as Mahādruma.*
- * Matsya-purāṇa 122. 25.
1r) A mukhya gaṇa.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 19.
Dhruva (ध्रुव) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.17) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Dhruva) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study
1) Dhruva (ध्रुव) refers to the son of Uttānapāda: one of the two sons of Manu-svāyaṃbhuva and Śatarūpā, according to the Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, [...] By penance Śatarūpā got Manu as her husband. As a result two sons—Priyavrata and Uttānapāda and two daughters—Ākūti and Prasūti were born. [...] Uttānapāda’s son was Dhruva who achieved the highest place of worshipping Nārāyaṇa. Dhruva had four sons—Sṛṣṭi, Dhanya, Harya and Śaṃbhu; they all were Vaiṣṇavas.
2) Dhruva (ध्रुव) refers to one of the eight Vasus who are the sons of Vasu, according to another account of Vaṃśa.—Accordingly, the ten wives of Dharma are [viz., Vasu]. The Vasus were born from Vasu. The eight Vasus are Āpa, Nala, Soma, Dhruva, Anila, Anala, Pratyuṣa and Prabhāsa. But the Pañcalakṣaṇa text gives Dhara instead of Nala. Kāla (the chastiser of the world) is the son of Dhruva.
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)Source: Wisdom Library: Ṣaṭsāhasra-saṃhitā
Dhruvā (ध्रुवा):—One of the twelve guṇas associated with Gola, the sixth seat of the Svādhiṣṭhāna-chakra. According to tantric sources such as the Śrīmatottara-tantra and the Gorakṣasaṃhitā (Kādiprakaraṇa), these twelve guṇas are represented as female deities. According to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā however, they are explained as particular syllables. They (e.g. Dhruvā) only seem to play an minor role with regard to the interpretation of the Devīcakra (first of five chakras, as taught in the Kubjikāmata-tantra).
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.
Kavya (poetry)Source: Google Books: Plays of Kalidas
Dhruvā (ध्रुवा).—A type of song to which the Nāṭyaśāstra devotes all of chapter 32. Dhruvās figure prominently in the preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). About them Bharata says, “Just as a well-built dwelling does not become beatiful without color, so without song the drama gives no joy (Nāṭyaśāstra 32.23-24)”.
Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
1) Dhruvā (ध्रुवा) refers to one of the four varieties of the audible tāla, According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. Accordingly, “the alternate placing (lit. falling) of these, is known as the pāta. These are to be known śamyā, tāla and sannipāta. The śamyā is of the right hand, the tāla of the left hand, and the two hands coming together is the sannipāta, and the dhruvā is stopping (lit. falling) for a mātrā, and it makes for the way of the rāgas, and moreover the placing (lit. falling) of the three kalās mentioned before, is also called dhruvā”. The tāla is so called because it measures time by a division of songs into kalās”.
2) Dhruvā (ध्रुवा) refers to “songs”. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra verse 6.10, there are five kinds of songs defined:
- entering (praveśa), or ‘songs to indicate entering’,
- casual (ākṣepa), or ‘songs to indicate unexpected or interposed happening’,
- going out (niskrama), or ‘songs to indicate leaving’,
- pleasing (prāsādika), ‘songs to indicate pleasing’,
- and intermediate (āntara), or ‘songs for filling the gap’.
According to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32, “Songs consisting of one, two, three and four vastus are respectively called the Dhruvā, Parigītikā, Madraka and Catuṣpadā. The dhruvā is so called, because in it words, varṇas, alaṃkāra, tempo (laya), jāti and pāṇis are regularly (dhruvaṃ) connected with one another”.
The following ten dhrūvas are defined in this chapter:
The limbs (aṅga), according to verse 32.4-6, “the five classes of dhruvās have always the following limbs (aṅga)”:
The limbs (aṅga), according to verse 32.9-16, “depending on different conditions, the dhruvās are known to be of five classes. I shall speak of the seven limbs which they consist of”:
- Limbs of the Prāveśikī-dhruvā are Upaghāta, Pravṛtta, Vajra and Śīrṣaka.
- Limbs of the Aḍḍitā-dhruvā are Prastāra, Māṣaghātā, Mahājanika, Praveṇī and Upapāta.
- Limbs of the Avakṛṣṭā-dhruvā, are Mukha and Pratimukha,
- Limbs of the Sthitā Dhruvā, are Vaihāyasa and Antāharaṇa.
- Limbs of the Khañja-nātkuṭā-dhruvā, are Saṃhāra (Saṃharaṇa) and Caturasra.
- Limbs of the Antarā-dhruvā, are Sandhi and Prastāra.
- The limbs of all songs, which have been mentioned before are Vṛtta, Vivadha and Ekaka.
According to verse 32.24-25, “Dhruvās originating in various metres are of five kinds. According to Sentiments which they contain they are superior, middling and inferior. Dhruvās are of three classes: Kaniṣṭhikāgrahā, Sannipātāgrahā, and Apagrahā”.
3) Dhruvā (ध्रुवा) is the name of a sage who was in the company of Bharata when he recited the Nāṭyaveda them, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, they asked the following questions, “O the best Brahmin (lit. the bull of the twice-born), tell us about the character of the god who appears in the Preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). Why is the sound [of musical instruments] applied there? What purpose does it serve when applied? What god is pleased with this, and what does he do on being pleased? Why does the Director being himself clean, perform ablution again on the stage? How, O sir, the drama has come (lit. dropped) down to the earth from heaven? Why have your descendants come to be known as Śūdras?”.
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).
Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
1) Dhruva (ध्रुव).—Fixed,stationary, as contrasted with moving (ध्रुव (dhruva)) which is termed अपादान (apādāna) and hence put in the ablative case; cf ध्रुवमपायेऽपादानम् (dhruvamapāye'pādānam) P. I. 4.24;
2) Dhruva.—Repeated sound (नाद (nāda)) of a third or a fourth consonant of the class consonants when it occurs at the end of the first word of a split up compound word; cf. R. Pr. VI. II and XI. 24.
Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
Dhruva (ध्रुव).—Pole of the celestial equator. Note: Dhruva is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.
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.
Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)Source: archive.org: Isvara Samhita Vol 1
Dhruva (ध्रुव) refers to one of the various Vibhava manifestations according to the Īśvarasaṃhitā 24.191-194.—Accordingly, “Dhruva who is to be meditated upon, illumines ten directions. It is filled with the hairs in the body; and calm. Its age is sixteen years. It has the eyes resembling lotus. He holds the discus having brilliance all round and bears the mace in the body and śakti as having the name ādhāra. He stands like a pillar in the mansion of the universe. He is in the form of sky and air and thus different with diverse character”.
These Vibhavas (e.g., Dhruva) represent the third of the five-fold manifestation of the Supreme Consciousness the Pāñcarātrins believe in.
Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
Dhruvā (ध्रुवा) is another name for Śāliparṇī, a medicinal plant identified with Desmodium gangeticum (sal leaved desmodium), from the Fabaceae or “legume” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.17-20 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Dhruvā and Śāliparṇī, there are a total of twenty-nine Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.
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.
Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)Source: Pure Bhakti: Brhad Bhagavatamrtam
Dhruva (ध्रुव) refers to:—A devotee who, when only five years old, performed severe austerities and realized the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who awarded him the Pole Star. (cf. Glossary page from Śrī Bṛhad-bhāgavatāmṛta).
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’).
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: archive.org: Vedic index of Names and Subjects
1) Dhruva (ध्रुव) in the Sūtras denotes the pole star, being mentioned in connexion with the marriage ritual, in which the star is pointed out to the bride as an emblem of constancy. In the Maitrāyaṇī-upaniṣad, a late work, the movement of the Dhruvā (dhruvasya pracalanam) is mentioned. Jacobi sees in the motion of the Dhruvā the possibility of fixing a date, on the ground that the only star which could have been deemed a pole star, as ‘ immovable,’ was one (α Draconis) of the third millenium b.c.
2) Dhruvā (ध्रुवा, ‘fixed’) as an epithet of Diś, ‘cardinal point’, denotes the ground under one’s feet.
Dhruva (ध्रुव): Dhruva was the prince blessed to eternal existence and glory as the Pole Star (Dhruva Nakshatra in Sanskrit) by Lord Vishnu. The story of Dhruva's life is often told to Hindu children as an example for perseverance, devotion, steadfastness and fearlessness.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism
Dhruva (ध्रुव) refers to one of the various Grahas and Mahāgrahas mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Dhruva).
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 1
Dhruva (ध्रुव, “permanent”).—What is the meaning of permanent /lasting (dhruva) knowledge? The lasting knowledge (for a long time) of an object is called dhruva knowledge e.g. knowledge of the top / dome of the temple.
The opposite (setara) of dhruva is adhruva (transitory).—The knowledge which does not stay constant for long after its complete acquisition once e.g. knowing the clouds when they appeared and then not knowing them after they disappear.
according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 1.16, “The subdivisions of each of these (kinds of mati, or ‘mind-based knowledge’) are: more, many kinds, quick, hidden, unexpressed, lasting (dhruva), and their opposites”.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
India history and geogprahySource: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
Dhruva (ध्रुव) is another name for Nirupama of the Rāṣṭrakūṭa line of kings, is mentioned in the Paṭṭaṇakuḍi plates of Avasara II.—“Govindarāja was followed be Nirupama (Dhruva); and after him, Jagattuṅga (Gōvinda III)”.
These copper plates (mentioning Dhruva) were found by a Brāhmaṇa of Khārepāṭan, a town in the Devagaḍ tālukā of the Ratnāgiri District. The inscription refers itself to the reign of the Śilāra king, Māṇḍalika Raṭṭarāja. As his predecessors were loyal feudatories of the Rāṣṭrakūṭas, it gives first the genealogy of that family from Dantidurga to Kakkala. The inscription is dated, in lines 41-42, on the full-moon tithi of Jyeṣṭha in the śaka year 930, the cyclic year being Kīlaka.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Dhruva.—(EI 16, 32; HD), [a collector of] the fixed royal share of grains; contraction of Dhruv-ādhikaraṇika; cf. the Gujarātī family name Dhruva; same as dhruva-sthāna. See Bomb. Gaz., Vol. I, Part i, p. 477. (IE 7-1-2), ‘one’. (CII 1), regular. Note: dhruva 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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Dhruvā.—(CII 1), certainty. Note: dhruvā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
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
Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
dhruva (ध्रुव).—m (S) The polar star; also the north pole. 2 The twelfth of the twenty-seven astronomical Yog. 3 The introductory stanza of a song. It is repeated after each of the stanzas as a burden or chorus.
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dhruva (ध्रुव).—a S Fixed, stable, firm, constant, established.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
dhruva (ध्रुव).—m The polar star; the north pole.
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dhruva (ध्रुव).—a Fixed, stable, firm, constant, established.
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 dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) (a) Fixed, firm, immovable, stable, permanent, constant, unchangeable; इति ध्रुवेच्छाम- नुशासती सुताम् (iti dhruvecchāma- nuśāsatī sutām) Ku.5.5. (b) Perpetual, everlasting, eternal; ध्रुवेण भर्त्रा (dhruveṇa bhartrā) Ku.7.85; Ms.7.28.
2) Fixed (in astrology).
3) Certain, sure, inevitable; जातस्य हि ध्रुवो मृत्युर्ध्रुवं जन्म मृतस्य च (jātasya hi dhruvo mṛtyurdhruvaṃ janma mṛtasya ca) Bg.2.27; यो ध्रुवाणि परित्यज्य अध्रुवं परिषेवते (yo dhruvāṇi parityajya adhruvaṃ pariṣevate) Chāṇ.63; Pt.1.419.
4) Retentive, tenacious; as in ध्रुवा स्मृति (dhruvā smṛti) Ch. Up.7.26.2.
5) Strong, fixed, settled (as a day).
-vaḥ 1 The polar star; शरत्प्रसन्नैर्ज्योतिर्भिर्विभावर्य इव ध्रुवम् (śaratprasannairjyotirbhirvibhāvarya iva dhruvam) (anvayuḥ) R.17.35; 18.34; ध्रुवेण भर्त्रा ध्रुवदर्शनाय प्रयुज्यमाना प्रियदर्शनेन (dhruveṇa bhartrā dhruvadarśanāya prayujyamānā priyadarśanena) (sā dṛṣṭā) Ku.7.85.
2) The pole of any great circle.
3) The distance of a planet from the beginning of the sidereal zodiac, polar longitude.
4) The Indian figtree.
5) A post, stake.
6) The stem or trunk (of a tree lopped off).
7) The introductory stanza of a song (repeated as a kind of chorus; see Gīt.).
8) Time, epoch, era.
9) An epithet of Brahmā.
1) Of Viṣṇu.
11) Of Śiva.
12) A constant arc.
13) The tip of the nose.
14) A sacrificial vessel.
15) Name of the son of Uttānapāda and grandson of Manu. [Dhruva is the polar star, but personified in mythology as the son of Uttānapāda. The account of the elevation of an ordinary mortal to the position of the polar star runs thus: Uttānapāda had two wives, Suruchi and Sunīti, but the latter was disliked by him. Suruchi had a son named Uttama, and Sunīti gave birth to Dhruva. One day the boy tried, like his elder brother, to take a seat in his father's lap, but he was contemptuously treated both by the King and his favourite wife. The poor child went sobbing to its mother who told him in consolatory terms that fortune and favour were not attainable without hard exertions. At these words the youth left the paternal roof, retired to the woods, and, though quite a lad, performed such rigorous austerities that he was at last raised by Viṣṇu to the position of the Polar Star.]
16) Peg Nm.
17) Name of an astrological yoga (Nm.).
-vam 1 The sky, atmosphere.
3) The fixed point (from which a departure takes place); P.I.4.24.
4) A certain Yoga (amṛtasiddhi); सेनामाज्ञापयामासुर्नक्षत्रेऽहनि च ध्रुवे (senāmājñāpayāmāsurnakṣatre'hani ca dhruve) Mb.14.63.18. (Com. rohiṇyāmuttararātraye ca ahani vāre dhruve ravivāre uttarārke'mṛtasiddhi- yoge).
-vā 1 A sacrificial ladle (made of wood); साधारण्यान्न ध्रुवायां स्यात् (sādhāraṇyānna dhruvāyāṃ syāt) Jaiminisūtras.
2) A virtuous woman.
3) A cow who stands still when being milked; सहस्रं धारा द्रविणस्य मे दुहां ध्रुवेव धेनुरनपस्फुरन्ती (sahasraṃ dhārā draviṇasya me duhāṃ dhruveva dhenuranapasphurantī) Av.12.1.45.
4) A bow-string.
5) clapping the hands together to show a particular measure of time in music; स्रुचि मौर्व्यां तालभेदे स्त्रियाम् (sruci maurvyāṃ tālabhede striyām) Nm.
6) The upper quarter (ūrdhva); किंदेवतोऽस्यां ध्रुवायां दिशि (kiṃdevato'syāṃ dhruvāyāṃ diśi) Bṛ. Up.3.9.24. (MW's meaning is adhara- diśā?)
-vam ind. Certainly, surely, verily; R.8.49; ध्रुवं स नीलोत्पलपत्रधारया समिल्लतां छेत्तुमृषिर्व्यवस्यति (dhruvaṃ sa nīlotpalapatradhārayā samillatāṃ chettumṛṣirvyavasyati) Ś.1.18.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
Dhruva (ध्रुव).—(1) name of a śreṣṭhin, instructed and saved by Buddha: legend referred to Mahāvastu i.177.14, told 184.19 ff.; (2) name of a king: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 625.16; (3) name of a yakṣa: Mahā-Māyūrī 72Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-vaḥ-vā-vaṃ) 1. External. 2. Fixed, stable, firm. 3. Continual, permanent. 4. Certain, ascertained. 5. Spread, extended. m.
(-vaḥ) 1. A name of Bramha. 2. Siva. 3. Vishnu. 4. The polar star or north pole itself; in mythology, personified by Dhruva, the son of Uttanapada, and grandson of the first Manu. 5. The pole of any great circle, particularly either of the celestial poles. 6. (In Astronomy,) The distance of a planet from the beginning of the sydereal zodiac. 7. Any epoch to which a computation of dates is referred. 8. One of the demi-gods called Vasus. 9. The trunk of a lopped tree. 10. The Indian fig tree, (Ficus Indica.) 11. One of the twenty-seven astronomical Yogas, or the Yoga star of the twelfth lunar asterism, supposed to be Leonis. 12. A sort of bird: see śarāṭi. n.
(-vaṃ) 1. Ascertainment, certainty. 2. Logic, reasoning, discussion. 3. Heaven. f.
(-vā) 1. A sacrificial vase made in the shape of the Indian fig leaf, and of the wood of the Flacourtia sapida. 2. A plant, (Hedysarum gangeticum.) 3. A small tree from the fibres of which bow strings are made: see mūrbbā. 4. The introductory stanza of a song: it is distinct form the verses of the song, after each of which it is again repeated as a burden or chorus. 5. A virtuous woman. E. dhru to be fixed affix ac.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Dhruva (ध्रुव).— (akin to dhṛ), I. adj., f. vā. I. Firm, stable, Mahābhārata 1, 808; [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 60, 17. 2. Permanent, [Nala] 6, 11. 3. Fixed (as a day), Mahābhārata 14, 1888. 4. Certain, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 7, 169. Ii. m. The polar star, Mahābhārata 8, 2105; personified as son of Uttānapāda and grandson of Manu, 13, 195. 2. A name of Viṣṇu, 2, 1510. 3. The name of a Vasu, 1, 2528, and others. Iii. n. Permanence, [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 3959. Iv. adv. ºvam, Certainly, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 12, 16.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Dhruva (ध्रुव).—[adjective] steady, firm, constant, certain, safe; [neuter] [adverb]
— [masculine] the polar star, a man’s name; [feminine] ā the largest of the three sacrificial, ladles.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Dhruva (ध्रुव):—mf(ā)n. ([probably] [from] √dhṛ, but cf. √dhru and dhruv) fixed, firm, immovable, unchangeable, constant, lasting, permanent, eternal, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc. (e.g. the earth, a mountain, a pillar, a vow etc.; with svāṅga n. an inseparable member of the body, [Pāṇini 6-2, 177]; with dhenu f. a cow which stands quiet when milked, [Atharva-veda xii, 1, 45]; with diś f. the point of the heavens directly under the feet [reckoned among the quarters of the sky cf. 2. diś] [Atharva-veda; Brāhmaṇa] ; with smṛti f. a strong or retentive memory, [Chāndogya-upaniṣad vii, 26, 2]; cf. also under karaṇa and nakṣatra)
2) staying with ([locative case]), [Ṛg-veda ix, 101, 12]
3) settled, certain, sure, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.
4) ifc. = pāpa, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
5) m. the polar star (personified as son of Uttāna-pāda and grandson of Manu), [Gṛhya-sūtra; Mahābhārata] etc.
6) celestial pole, [Sūryasiddhānta]
7) the unchangeable longitude of fixed stars, a constant arc, [ib.]
8) a knot, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā v, 21; 30]
9) a post, stake, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
10) the Indian fig-tree, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
11) tip of the nose (?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
12) a [particular] water-bird, [ib.]
13) the remaining (id est. preserved) Graha which having been drawn in the morning is not offered till evening, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Vaitāna-sūtra]
14) (in music) the introductory verse of a song (recurring as a kind of burthen) or a [particular] time or measure (tāla-viśeṣa)
15) any epoch to which a computation of dates is referred, [Horace H. Wilson]
16) Name of an [astrology] Yoga
17) of the syllable Om, [Rāmatāpanīya-upaniṣad]
18) of Brahmā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
19) of Viṣṇu, [Mahābhārata]
20) of Śiva, [Śivagītā, ascribed to the padma-purāṇa]
21) of a serpent supporting the earth, [Gṛhya-sūtra; Taittirīya-āraṇyaka]
22) of a Vasu, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa]
23) of a son of Vasu-deva and Rohiṇī, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]
24) of an Āṅgirasa (supposed author of [Ṛg-veda x, 173]), [Anukramaṇikā]
25) of a son of Nahuṣa, [Mahābhārata]
26) of a follower of the Pāṇḍus, [ib.]
27) of a son of Ranti-nāra (or Ranti-bhāra), [Purāṇa]
28) Dhruvā (ध्रुवा):—[from dhruva] f. the largest of the 3 sacrificial ladles, [Atharva-veda xviii, 4, 5, 6] (with juhū & upabhṛt), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc.
29) [v.s. ...] ([scilicet] vṛtti) a [particular] mode of life, [Baudhāyana-dharma-śāstra]
30) [v.s. ...] ([scilicet] strī) a virtuous woman, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
31) [v.s. ...] Desmodium Gangeticum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
32) [v.s. ...] Sanseviera Zeylanica, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
33) [v.s. ...] (in music) the introductory verse (cf. above)
34) Dhruva (ध्रुव):—n. the fixed point (from which a departure takes place), [Pāṇini 1-4, 24]
35) the enduring sound (supposed to be heard after the Abhinidhāna), [Ṛgveda-prātiśākhya]
36) air, atmosphere, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
37) a kind of house, [Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes]
38) cf. [Zend] drva.
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