Isha, aka: Īṣa, Īśa, Īsā, Īsa, Iṣa, Isa, Īṣā; 8 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Īṣa and Īśa and Iṣa and Īṣā can be transliterated into English as Isa or Isha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


Īśa (ईश).—A Viśvadeva. (Universal deva). (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 91, Verse 31).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Iṣa (इष).—A son of Vatsara and Svarvīthi.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 13. 12.

1b) The month sacred to Tvaṣṭā; aippaśi, one of the two months forming the śarat.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 43; Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 9; 50. 201; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 13. 10.

2a) Īśa (ईश).—(Śiva) became Rudra through Lalita's grace.1 —also īśāna Image of;2 fourth mūrti as protecting Āditya.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 6. 8, 70; 38. 40.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 261. 23.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 265. 41.

2b) A sādhya.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 171. 43.

2c) Viṣṇu.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa VI. 8. 60.

3a) Īṣa (ईष).—A Sudhāmāna god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 28.

3b) A son of Auttama Manu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 9. 12.
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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Īśa (ईश) is the name of a deity who was imparted with the knowledge of the Dīptāgama by Sadāśiva through parasambandha, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The dīpta-āgama, being part of the ten Śivabhedāgamas, refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgamas: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu.

Īśa in turn transmitted the Dīptāgama (through mahānsambandha) to Prabhañjana, who then transmitted it to Hutāśana who then, through divya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Dīptāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

īsa : (m.) a lord; ruler. || īsā (f.), pole of a plough or a carriage.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Īsa, (fr. to have power, perf. īśe = Goth. aih; cp. Sk. īśvara = P. issara, & BSk. īśa, e.g. Jtm 3181) lord, owner, ruler J. IV, 209 (of a black lion = kāḷa-sīha C.); VvA. 168. f. īsī see mahesī a chief queen. Cp. also mahesakkha. (Page 124)

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Īsā, (f.) (Vedic īṣā) the pole of a plough or of a carriage S. I, 104 (naṅgal’īsā read with v. l. for naṅgala-sīsā T.), 172, 224 (°mukha): A. IV, 191 (rath°); Sn. 77; J. I, 203 (°mukha); IV, 209; Ud. 42; Miln. 27; SnA 146; VvA. 269 (°mūlaṃ = rathassa uro).

—danta having teeth (tusks) as long as a plough-pole (of an elephant) Vin. I, 352; M. I, 414; Vv 209 = 439 (= ratha-īsā-sadisa-danto); J. VI, 490 = 515. (Page 124)

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

iśa (इश) [or इशरे, iśarē].—Interjection of disgust, Foh! fugh!

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isa (इस).—int Foh! fugh! See īsa.

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īśa (ईश).—m S A ruler, master, lord, sovereign.

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īsa (ईस).—n (or isāḍa) Pole of a plough. 2 A graffed stock.

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īsa (ईस).—Interjection of disgust, foh! fugh! 2 Used as s f n īsa mhaṇaṇēṃ To express disgust or disapprobation. Mostly with neg. con., as īsa dēkhīla mhaṭalī nāhīṃ or manānta īsa dēkhīla ālī nāhīṃ. Also To utter an ejaculation upon any sudden pain. See hāya.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

iśa (इश) [-iśarē, -इशरे].—Interjection of disgust.

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isa (इस).—interj Foh ! Fugh !

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īśa (ईश).—m A ruler, lord, sovereign.

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īsa (ईस).—Interjection of disgust, Foh! Pugh!

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

Iṣa (इष).—

1) One possessed of sap or strength.

2) The month आश्विन (āśvina); ... ध्वनिमिषेऽनिमिषेक्षणमग्रतः (dhvanimiṣe'nimiṣekṣaṇamagrataḥ) Śi.6.49.

Derivable forms: iṣaḥ (इषः).

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Īśa (ईश).—a. [īś-ka]

1) Owning, possessing, sharing, master or lord of; see below.

2) One who is completely master of anything.

3) Capable of (with gen.)

4) Powerful, supreme.

-śaḥ 1 A lord, master; with gen. or in comp.; कथंचिदीशा मनसां बभूवुः (kathaṃcidīśā manasāṃ babhūvuḥ) Ku.3.34 with great difficulty controlled (were masters of) their minds; so वागीश, सुरेश (vāgīśa, sureśa) &c.

2) A husband.

3) A Rudra.

4) The number 11 (derived from the eleven Rudras).

5) Name of Śiva (as regent of the north-east quarter.

6) The Supreme god (parameśvara); व्यक्ताव्यक्तं भरते विश्वमीश- मीड्यम् (vyaktāvyaktaṃ bharate viśvamīśa- mīḍyam) Śevt. Up.1.8; प्रसादये त्वामहमीशमीड्यम् (prasādaye tvāmahamīśamīḍyam) Bg.11.44. श्रीवत्सधामापररात्र ईशः (śrīvatsadhāmāpararātra īśaḥ) Bhāg.6.8.22.

-śā 1 Supremacy, power, dominion, greatness. Śvet. Up.4.7.

2) Name of Durgā.

3) A woman having supremacy; a rich lady.

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Īṣa (ईष).—[īṣ-ka]

1) The month Āśvina; cf. ईष् (īṣ).

2) A servant of Śiva.

Derivable forms: īṣaḥ (ईषः).

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Īṣā (ईषा).—[īṣ-ka]

1) The pole or shafts of a carriage or a plough. ईषा चक्रादिसंनिधाने चेदक्षमानयेत्युच्यते तदा यानाक्षमधि- कृत्य ब्रूते इति गम्यते (īṣā cakrādisaṃnidhāne cedakṣamānayetyucyate tadā yānākṣamadhi- kṛtya brūte iti gamyate) | ŚB. on MS.6.8.35. द्वीषम् (dvīṣam) (ratham) Bhāg.4.26.1. 'ईषा लङ्गलदण्डः स्यात् (īṣā laṅgaladaṇḍaḥ syāt)' इत्यमरः (ityamaraḥ)

2) A part of a chariot.

-ṣe (du.) The double or fork-shaped pole.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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