Duhkhatara, Duḥkhatara, Duhkha-tara: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Duhkhatara in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Duḥkhatara (दुःखतर) refers to “great distress”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.16 (“The head of Gaṇeśa is chopped off”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] Thereupon the trident fell from the hand of Śiva of supreme soul. Seeing this, Śiva the source of great enjoyment and protection took up his bow Pināka. Gaṇeśa felled that to the ground by means of his iron club. Five of his hands too were struck. He took up the trident with the other five hands. ‘Alas, this has been more distressing (duḥkhatara) even to me. What may not happen to the Gaṇas?’ Śiva who followed the worldly conventions cried out like this. [...]”.

Source: valmikiramayan.net: Srimad Valmiki Ramayana

Duḥkhatara (दुःखतर) refers to the “great fears” (when living in the forest), according to the Rāmāyaṇa chapter 2.28. Accordingly:—“[...] soothening with kind words to Sītā, when eyes were blemished with tears, the virtuous Rāma spoke again as follows, for the purpose of waking her turn back: ‘[...] In the forest, air and darkness are too much. There are always hunger and great fears (duḥkhatara) too. Hence, dwelling in a forest is very much a misery’”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Duhkhatara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Duḥkhatara (दुःखतर):—[=duḥkha-tara] [from duḥkha] n. greater pain, a greater evil than ([ablative]), [Nalopākhyāna xi, 17] (cf. above). =

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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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