Goghna, Go-ghna: 13 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Goghna (गोघ्न).—One of the eleven rākṣasas facing the eleven rudras in the battle of the gods (devas) between the demons (asuras), according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 94. This battle was initiated by Mahiṣāsura in order to win over the hand of Vaiṣṇavī, the form of Trikalā having a red body representing the energy of Viṣṇu. Trikalā is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Goghna (गोघ्न).—The slayer of cows; the other three heinous crimes are ingratitude, wine drinking and defiling of teacher's bed.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 60 74; 101. 152.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Dietetics and Culinary Art (such as household cooking)

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Goghna (गोघ्न) refers to a “guest for whom a cow can be killed is known”, according to Pāṇini, and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Meat eating in India is as old as Ṛgvedic period. [...] Pāṇini also refers to meat eating. According to Pāṇini a guest for whom a cow can be killed is known as goghna.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Goghna (गोघ्न) refers to “one who has killed a cow”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “[...] Abandoning the enveloping cover (kañcuka) of sin, O dear one, by praising the sacred seats he sees no misfortune even if he is yoked to terrible sins (or) has killed his mother, father or a cow [i.e., goghna] or steals the sacrificial offerings of the Heroes or has fallen from the Rule due to (his) carelessness or even if he has stopped uttering the Mantras”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Goghna (गोघ्न).—a.

1) destructive to cows.

2) one who has killed a cow.

3) one for whom a cow is killed, a guest.

Goghna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and ghna (घ्न).

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

Goghna (गोघ्न).—mfn.

(-ghnaḥ-ghnī-ghnaṃ) Who or what kills kine. m.

(-ghnaḥ) A guest. E. go a cow, and ghna what kills, from han with ka affix; a cow being killed on the arrival of the latter, or being presented to him.

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

Goghna (गोघ्न).—[go-ghna], m. One who has killed a cow, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 11, 108.

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

Goghna (गोघ्न).—[adjective] noxious to kine, kine-killing; [masculine] a cow-slayer.

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

1) Goghna (गोघ्न):—[=go-ghna] [from go] mfn. noxious to kine, [Ṛg-veda i, 114, 10]

2) [v.s. ...] m. = -ghāta, [Manu-smṛti xi, 109 and 116; Yājñavalkya; Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa vi; Hitopadeśa]

3) [v.s. ...] one for whom a cow is killed, guest, [Pāṇini 3-4, 73.]

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

Goghna (गोघ्न):—[go-ghna] (ghnaḥ) 1. m. A cow or cattle killer; a guest.

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Goghna 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Gōghna (ಗೋಘ್ನ):—[noun] a man who has killed or butchered a cow.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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