Ghosha, aka: Ghoṣa, Ghosa, Ghoṣā; 17 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Ghoṣa and Ghoṣā can be transliterated into English as Ghosa or Ghosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Ghoṣā (घोषा).—A tapasvinī famed in Ṛgveda. She was the grand-daughter of Dṛgata maharṣi and daughter of sage Kakṣīvān. As she contracted leprosy in her very childhood nobody came forward to marry her. Ultimately she composed a mantra in praise of Aśvinīdevas. They cured Ghoṣā of leprosy and she got married. (Ṛgveda, Maṇḍala 1, Anuvāka 7, Sūkta 117).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Ghoṣa (घोष) is the enchanting of Vedic mantras or making some other loud sound.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1a) Ghoṣa (घोष).—A son of Pulinda and father of Vajramitra; a Śunga king; ruled for three years.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 17. Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 74. 153.

1b) A son of Lambā (Langhā, Viṣṇu-purāṇa) and Dharma.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 33; Matsya-purāṇa 5. 18; 203. 8. Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 33; 80. 31. Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 107.

1c) A small village hamlet.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 69. 40; 70. 10. Vāyu-purāṇa 94. 40.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Ghoṣa (घोष) refers to “voiced consonants” in Sanskrit grammar. It is a classification of consonants (vyañjana) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 15.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Ghoṣa (घोष).—An external effort in the pronunciation of a sonant or a soft consonant which causes depth of the tone: cf. अन्ये तु घोषाः स्युः संवृताः (anye tu ghoṣāḥ syuḥ saṃvṛtāḥ) etc., Sid. Kau. on VIII. 2. 1 .

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Ghoṣā (घोषा) is another name for Śatāhvā, an unidentified medicinal plant, according to verse 4.10-13 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Also see the description of the plant Miśreyā. Together with the names Ghoṣā and Śatāhvā, there are a total of twenty-four Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Ghosa - The village in which Buddhaghosa was born. Sas.29.

2. Ghosa, Ghosaka - A devaputta, Kotuhalaka, in a previous birth. Unable to make a living in his own country, he left it and came with his wife and child to a herdsmans house, where, having eaten too heartily after a long period of starvation, he died and was born as a dog in the same house, because be had envied a bitch which lived there. When the dog grew up, it used to accompany the herdsman on a visit to a Pacceka Buddha, who had meals in his house. Sometimes, when the herdsman was unable to go himself, be would send the dog to summon the Pacceka Buddha. The road led through a forest and the dog would bark aloud to frighten away the wild beasts. One day, when the Pacceka Buddha went elsewhere, the dog died of a broken heart and was reborn in Tavatimsa as the god Ghosa or Ghosaka.

He was later reborn as Ghosaka setthi. DhA.i.169f; AA.i.227f; MA.i.539f; DA.i.317.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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General definition (in Buddhism)

Ghosha and Purna Maitrayaniputra (1165-1080 BCE) Ghosha and Purna were the illustrious philosophers of Sarvastivada. According to Indian and Tibetan traditions, Purna was the author of Dhatukayapada, one of the seven treatises of the Abhidharma of Sarvastivada.

Source: The Chronological History of Buddhism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Ghosa (घोस) is a Prakrit ending for deriving proper personal names, mentioned as an example in the Aṅgavijjā chapter 26. This chapter includes general rules to follow when deriving proper names. The Aṅgavijjā (mentioning ghosa) is an ancient treatise from the 3rd century CE dealing with physiognomic readings, bodily gestures and predictions and was written by a Jain ascetic in 9000 Prakrit stanzas.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions (jainism)
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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.

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India history and geogprahy

Ghoṣa (घोष) refers to a name-ending for place-names according to Pāṇini VI.2.85. Pāṇini also cautions his readers that the etymological meaning of place-names should not be held authoritative since the name should vanish when the people leave the place who gave their name to it.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Ghoṣa.—(CII 4), a settlement of the milkmen. Note: ghoṣa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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ghosa : (m.) sound; shout; utterance.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Ghosa, (Vedic ghoṣa to ghus) 1. shout, sound, utterance Vin.II, 155 (“Buddha” —ghosa); M.I, 294; A.I, 87, 228; Sn.p. 106; Sn.696, 698; Dhs.637, 720 (+ghosa-kamma).—2. shouting, howling, wailing (of Petas) Pv III, 34; IV, 36, 338.

—pamāṇa to be measured (or judged) by one’s reputation A.II, 71=Pug.53; also as pamāṇika DhA.III, 114 (in same context). (Page 258)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

ghōṣa (घोष).—m (S) A deep continuing sound;--as the roar of the ocean, the rumbling of low thunder &c. 2 Reading over and over to impress on the memory; conning. 3 Unceasing or reiterated mention or expression of a purpose or desire; dwelling upon one note or strain. v ghē, lāva, māṇḍa, lāga.

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ghōsa (घोस) [or घोंस, ghōṃsa].—m (gucch S through H) A bunch or cluster (of flowers, fruits, pearls &c.) 2 (Sea-term. P) The lower end of the sailyard; the tack on board. Hence Weather side or windward. 3 R A voyage, a sea-trip. Ex. mumbaīcyā ghōṃsāsa dāhā rupayē paḍatāta. bharaghōṃsānēṃ or bharaghōṃsāniśīṃ or bharalyā ghōṃsānēṃ (With swelling sails.) With all vigor collected, every nerve strained, every faculty exerted. Ex. bhara- ghōṃsāniśīṃ killā ghētalā; bharalyā ghōṃsānēṃ ḍōṅgarāvara caḍhalā. 4 In the zenith, plenitude, full tide (of health, prosperity, reputation). Ex. tōbhara ghōṃsānēṃ mēlā.

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ghōsa (घोस) [or घोंस, ghōṃsa].—a Large, fine, full, bulky and showy. Used much as ṭhaḷaka, ghavaghavīta &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ghōṣa (घोष).—m A deep continuing sound. Read- ing over and over to impress on the memory; conning. Unceasing or reiterated mention or expression of a purpose or desire; dwelling upon one note or strain. v ghē, lāva, māṇḍa, lāga.

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ghōsa (घोस) [or ghōsa, or घोस].—m A bunch or cluster of (flowers, fruits, pearls &c.). Weather side or windward. A voyage, a sea- trip. bharaghōṃsānēṃ or bharalyā ghōṃsānēṃ (with swell- ing sails.) With all vigour collected, every nerve strained, every faculty exerted. In the zenith, plenitude, full tide (of health, prosperity, reputa- tion). Ex. tō bharaghōṃsānēṃ mēlā.

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ghōsa (घोस) [or ghōṃsa, or घोंस].—a Large, fine, full, bulky and showy.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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

Ghoṣa (घोष).—[ghuṣ-bhāve ghañ]

1) Noise, tumult, cry or sound in general; स घोषो धार्तराष्ट्राणां हृदयानि व्यदारयत् (sa ghoṣo dhārtarāṣṭrāṇāṃ hṛdayāni vyadārayat) Bg.1.19; so रथ°, तूर्य°, शङ्ख° (ratha°, tūrya°, śaṅkha°) &c.

2) The thundering of clouds; स्निग्ध गम्भीरघोषम् (snigdha gambhīraghoṣam) Me.64 (v.l.).

3) Proclamation.

4) Rumour, report; दुःशासुरागादिति घोष आसीत् (duḥśāsurāgāditi ghoṣa āsīt) Rv.1. 33.1.

5) A herdsman; see घोषवृद्ध (ghoṣavṛddha) below.

6) A hamlet, station of cowherds; Bhāg.5.5.3; विहार- भूमेरभिघोषमुत्सुकाः (vihāra- bhūmerabhighoṣamutsukāḥ) Ki.4.31; गङ्गायां घोषः (gaṅgāyāṃ ghoṣaḥ) K. P.2; घोषादा- नीय (ghoṣādā- nīya) Mk.7.

7) (In gram.) The soft sound heard in the articulation of the soft consonants; Rv. Pr.13.5.

8) A Kāyastha (one of the writer class).

9) A vowel.

1) A gnat, mosquito.

11) An epithet of Śiva.

12) Recitation, the sound of prayers; सदसि निबिडचैत्यब्हह्मघोषैः पुरस्तात् (sadasi nibiḍacaityabhahmaghoṣaiḥ purastāt) Mk.1.12.

13) An ornament that makes a tinkling sound. घोषप्रघोषरुचिरम् (ghoṣapraghoṣaruciram) Bhāg.1.8.22.

-ṣam Bell-metal.

Derivable forms: ghoṣaḥ (घोषः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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