Duhstha, Duḥstha, Dus-stha: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Duḥstha (दुःस्थ) refers to the “bad state” (of a planet—graha), according to the grahaśānti (cf. grahayajña) section of the Yājñavalkyasmṛti (1.295-309), preceded by the section called vināyakakalpa (1.271-294), prescribing a rite to be offered to Vināyaka.—[verse 307: Specific graha to be appeased]—It is not necessary to appease all the grahas at one time. Instead, one should perform this rite intending it for the specific graha who is regarded as exerting malefic influence on him. This is exactly the idea of astrological propitiation which is still alive in modern India. A graha should be worshipped when it is ‘in a bad state’ (duḥstha). This word seems to presuppose knowledge of horoscopic astrology. According to the Mitākṣara commentary, a planet has bad influence when it is in ‘the eighth house’, i.e. the ‘house of death’, as is taught in the standard manuals of astrology.

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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: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Duḥstha (दुःस्थ).—a. (written also dustha and dusthita)

1) ill-conditioned, poor, miserable.

2) suffering pain, unhappy, distressed; कल्पान्तदुःस्था वसुधा तथोहे (kalpāntaduḥsthā vasudhā tathohe) Bk.

3) unwell, ill.

4) unsteady, disquieted.

5) foolish, unwise, ignorant.

Duḥstha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dus and stha (स्थ). See also (synonyms): duḥsthita.

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

Duḥstha (दुःस्थ).—mfn.

(-sthaḥ-sthā-sthaṃ) 1. Poor, ill conditioned, badly sitnated. 2. Ignorant, unwise, a fool. 3. Suffering pain or affliction, distressed, unhappy. 4. Covetous. m.

(-sthaḥ) Pain, trouble. E. dur bad, sthā to be or exist, affix ḍa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Duḥstha (दुःस्थ).—i. e. dus-stha, adj., f. thā. 1. Insecure, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 1, 16, 35. 2. Miserable, 4, 11, 21.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Duḥstha (दुःस्थ).—[adjective] ill-faring, miserable, unhappy, poor, ill.

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

1) Duḥstha (दुःस्थ):—[=duḥ-stha] [from duḥ] mfn. ‘standing badly’, unsteady, disquieted ([literally] and [figuratively])

2) [v.s. ...] uneasy, unhappy, poor, miserable, [Purāṇa; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

3) [v.s. ...] ignorant, unwise, a fool, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] covetous, [Horace H. Wilson]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Duḥstha (दुःस्थ):—[duḥ-stha] (sthaḥ-sthā-sthaṃ) a. Poor; ignorant; unhappy. n. Pain, trouble.

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

Duḥstha (दुःस्थ) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Dutta.

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Duhstha 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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