Gudhaja, aka: Gūḍhaja, Gudha-ja; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Gūḍhaja (गूढज) refers to one of the twelve types of sons (putra) defined in the Vyavahārādhyāya of the Yājñavalkyasmṛti verse 2.128-132.—The son secretly born of a married woman in her husband’s house is considered a Gūḍhaja son, meaning son of a concealed birth. According to the Mitākṣarā, in case of such kind of son even if it is not ascertained who the father is, but he must belong to the same varṇa.

Source: Shodhganga: The Vyavaharadhyaya of the Yajnavalkyasmriti
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gūḍhaja (गूढज).—one of the 12 kinds of sons in Hindu-law; he is a son born secretly of a woman, when her husband is absent, the real father being unknown; गृहे प्रच्छन्न उत्पन्नो गूढजस्तु सुतः स्मृतः (gṛhe pracchanna utpanno gūḍhajastu sutaḥ smṛtaḥ) Y.2.129; Ms.9.159,17.

Derivable forms: gūḍhajaḥ (गूढजः).

Gūḍhaja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gūḍha and ja (ज). See also (synonyms): gūḍhotpanna.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gūḍhaja (गूढज).—m.

(-jaḥ) The son of a concealed birth; born privately of a woman whose husband is absent, the real father being unknown; this is one of the twelve forms particularized in Hindu law. E. gūḍha hidden, and ja born; also compound with puttra a son, gūḍhajaputtra.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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