Digdaha, Digdāha, Dish-daha: 6 definitions


Digdaha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Digdāha (दिग्दाह) (cf. daigdāha) refers to “abnormal phenomena which forebode ill to the state”, according to the Matsyapurāṇa (233.8). The phenomenon in question is a lurid, red colour spreading in the regions of the sky; and Bṛhatsaṃhitā explains that when it is yellow, it indicates peril for the king, and brings disaster to a country when it has the glow of fire. The word Digdāha occurs in Bṛhatkathāmañjarī 9.2.3; in Harṣacarita (chapter 6); in Maṅkhaka 19.59; also in Yogavāsiṣṭha Rāmāyaṇa (Sthitiprakaraṇa) 28.12.

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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’.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: Vasishtha Dharmasutra

Digdāha (दिग्दाह) refers to an event described by as “when the sky appears preternaturally red”.—Kṛṣṇapaṇḍita mentions digdāha as a various reading for dignāda.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: archive.org: The Bṛhat-saṃhitā of Varāha-mihira

Digdāha (दिग्दाह) refers to the “pre-natural redness of the horizon as if on fire” as described in the Bṛhat-saṃhita chapter 31.—Accordingly, “If the appearance of digdāha should be of yellow colour, rulers will suffer; if it should be of the colour of fire, the country will suffer; if red and the wind should blow from right to left, crops will suffer. [...] If when the sky is clear, the stars bright, and the wind blows from left to right, the appearance of digdāha should be of the colour of gold, rulers as well as the country will prosper”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

digdāha (दिग्दाह).—m S Great glowing or redness of the horizon.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Digdāha (दिग्दाह).—preternatural redness of the horizon; दैग्दाहः (daigdāhaḥ) 'a conflagration of the regions of the sky' (regarded as an evil omen) N.12.92; cf. Ms.4.115.

Derivable forms: digdāhaḥ (दिग्दाहः).

Digdāha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms diś and dāha (दाह).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Digdāha (दिग्दाह).—m.

(-haḥ) Preternatural redness of the horizon, as if on fire. E. diś, and dāha burning.

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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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