Gomukha, aka: Go-mukha; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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Gomukha (गोमुख): a Musical Instrument.—It is said to be “a wind instrument” of shell species, a kind of conch somewhat resembling the mouth of the cow, whence it derives its name. The Vedas do not know it though it appears that the flute (another kind of wind instrument) has a Vedic antiquity (see Veṇu). The Jātakas are silent about it and Kauṭilya also does not mention it. But there are many references to it in the epics. About the Gomukhas in the Vāyu-purāṇa we can say the same as in the case of Bherī.

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

1a) Gomukha (गोमुख).—City of, in Sutalam.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 22.

1b) Second Tala; Asura in.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 21.

1c) A son of Śambhu.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 87.

1d) A pupil of Vedamitra—Śākalya.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 22.
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)

1) Gomukha (गोमुख) refers to a musical instrument, first mentioned in Nāṭyaśāstra 4.253, after Śiva danced using Recakas and Aṅgahāras, and Pārvatī performed a ‘gentle dance’.

2) Gomukha (गोमुख) or Gomukhamārga  refers to one of the four mārgas, comprising a set of rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “the gomukha-mārga relates to the strokes of all puṣkaras mixed up mostly with those of āliṅgya. Examples of the gomukha-mārga strokes are guddha kladdhaṃ mathikaṭā ghaṃghena chidukhu khuṇo gaga ṭatthi maṭam. In the gomukha-mārga [the groups of akṣaras] are ghe gheṭātthi katāṅ guṭṭā gheṅ gheṭā ghaṃṭān dhi madhi tthiyaṃ ke sa ṭe ghe ga gheṇo no ṇaṃ”.

Also, “the playing of the instruments in the Odious and the Terrible Sentiments this should be in the gomukha-mārga”.

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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Gomukha (गोमुख) is another name for Govaktra, which refers to one of the four classes of praṇālas (“water-drains”) constructed into the sanctum for the purpose of draining oblation water and rainwater. It is a Sanskrit technical term used throughout Vāstuśāstra literature. The govaktra-praṇāla is connected with the Brāmaṇa caste.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Katha (narrative stories)

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Gomukha (गोमुख) is the son of Ityaka (a minister of Udayana), according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 23. Accordingly, when prince Naravāhanadatta (son of Udayana) grew up, all the king’s ministers brought there sons for the sake of his companion. Accordingly, “And that Prince Naravāhanadatta was always surrounded by those six ministers’ sons (eg., Gomukha), devoted to him alone, who commanded respect even in their boyhood, as if with the six political measures that are the cause of great prosperity”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Gomukha, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
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Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

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Gomukha (गोमुख) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.61.58) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Gomukha) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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gōmukha (गोमुख).—n (S) A cow's mouth of wood, metal, or stone. Used as, in English, the word lion's mouth. 2 A particular musical instrument.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gōmukha (गोमुख).—n A cow's mouth of wood, metal, &c.

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

Gomukha (गोमुख).—[gormukhamiva mukhamasya] a kind of musical instrument; Bg.1.13; गोमुखानां च शृङ्गाणाम- नीकद्वयवर्तिनाम् (gomukhānāṃ ca śṛṅgāṇāma- nīkadvayavartinām) Śiva. B.24.55. (-khaḥ) 1 a crocodile, shark.

2) a hole of a particular shape in a wall made by thieves. (-kham) 1 a house built unevenly.

2) spreading unguents, smearing; 'गोमुखं कुटिलाकारे वाद्यभाण्डे विलेपने (gomukhaṃ kuṭilākāre vādyabhāṇḍe vilepane)' इति विश्वः (iti viśvaḥ); यस्यामलिन्देषु न चक्रुरेव मुग्धाङ्गना गोमयगो- मुखानि (yasyāmalindeṣu na cakrureva mugdhāṅganā gomayago- mukhāni) Śi.3.48.

-kham, -khī a cloth-bag of the shape of a gnomon containing a rosary, the beads of which are counted by the hand thrust inside.

Derivable forms: gomukhaḥ (गोमुखः), gomukham (गोमुखम्).

Gomukha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms go and mukha (मुख).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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