Kuhu, Kuhū: 22 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Kuhū (कुहू).—Name of a river originating from Himālaya, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kuhū (कुहू).—Daughter of Aṅgiras, one of the Prajāpatis. To Aṅgiras, by his wife Smṛti were born four daughters called Sinīvālī, Kuhū, Rākā and Anumati. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Part 1, Chapter 10).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Kuhū (कुहू).—A daughter of Aṅgiras and Śraddhā. (Smṛti, vāyu-purāṇa.). Wife of Dhātrī and mother of Sāya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 34; VI. 18. 3; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 11. 18; Vāyu-purāṇa 28. 15; 50. 201; 55. 42; 56. 9, 45 and 53; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 10. 7.

1b) One of the nine devis serving Soma.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 65. 26; Vāyu-purāṇa 90. 25.

1c) A śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 32. 13.

1d) A daughter of Maya; wife of Haviṣmanta, left him for Soma.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 6. 21; 23. 25.

1e) The last phase of the new moon. It is the digit that disappears, and not the moon in Kuhū, as seen from Rāma's words to Rukmiṇī fit for giving gifts;1 served by Aila. ety.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 54. 47; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 26. 44; 28. 11 and 59; Matsya-purāṇa 133. 36; 141. 49, 51; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 8. 80.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 141. 9 and 43, 49, 51; Vāyu-purāṇa 56. 53.

1f) A R. from the Himalayas; of the Bhāratavarṣa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 25; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 21; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 95.

1g) A R. of Śālmalidvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 10.

2) Kuhu (कुहु).—The kingdom of.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 121. 46.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Kuhū (कुहू) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.12) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Kuhū) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Kuhū (कुहू) refers to one of the four daughters of Aṅgiras and Smṛti: one of the twenty-four daughters of Dakṣa and Prasūti, according to the Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Ākūti was married to Ruci and Prasūti to Dakṣa. Dakṣa produced in Prasūti twenty-four daughters. [...] [Smṛti was given to Aṅgiras.] Smṛti and Aṅgiras had four daughters—Sinivalī, Kuhū, Rākā and Anumati.

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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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Kavya (poetry)

Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Kuhū (कुहू) refers to the “Amāvāsyā night”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 4.57; 7.59; 8.37. Cf. Padmapurāṇa (Kriyāyogasāra 5.320).

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara

Kuhū (कुहू) is the name a locality mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—It is the river in the Uttarāpatha. This is probably the same as the Kabul River, which is known as the Kubha in the Vedas or Kophes of the Greeks. This is an affluent of the river Indus and rises at the foot of Kohi Baba.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Kuhū (कुहू) refers to the “new moon which falls on the first day of the new phase”.—Corresponding to these two kinds of Paurṇamāsī there are also two kinds of Amāvāsyā. That which falls on the fourteenth day is called Pūrvā-amāvāsyā, or Sinīvālī, the ἕνη καὶ νέα; that which falls on the pratipad, the first day of the new phase, is called Kuhū, Uttarā-amāvāsyā. Śvoyuktā. See also Ait.-Brāhm. II, 4; Nir. XI, 31-32.

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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Veterinary Medicine (The study and treatment of Animals)

Source: Shodhganga: Portrayal of Animal Kingdom (Tiryaks) in Epics An Analytical study

Kuhū (कुहू) or simply Kuhūrava (lit. “one who calls out as kuhu”) is a synonym (another name) for the [Female] Cuckoo (Kokila), according to scientific texts such as the Mṛgapakṣiśāstra (Mriga-pakshi-shastra) or “the ancient Indian science of animals and birds” by Hamsadeva, containing the varieties and descriptions of the animals and birds seen in the Sanskrit Epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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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

Kuhū (कुहू) (Cf. Amāvāsyā) refers to the “new moon”.—The Cidgaganacandrikā (“the Moonlight of the Sky of Consciousness”), is probably a South Indian work of the late Kashmiri Kālīkrama. There we read that Kālī is the Full Moon when she merges the universe filled with light into herself, and the New Moon (kuhū) when she empties herself out, as it were, to emanate it. In between these two phases, which mark the passage of time, the goddess persists in the Eternal Present

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kuhu (कुहु).—ind Imit. of the coo! coo! or cry of the Indian cuckoo.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kuhu (कुहु) or Kuhū (कुहू).—f.

1) New moon day i. e. the last day of a lunar month when the moon is invisible; Mahābhārata (Bombay) 8.34.32; करगतैव गता यदियं कुहूः (karagataiva gatā yadiyaṃ kuhūḥ) N.4.57.

2) The deity that presides over this day; Manusmṛti 3.86.

3) The cry of the (Indian) cuckoo; पिकेन रोषारुणचक्षुषा मुहुःकुहूरुताहूयत चन्द्र- वैरिणी (pikena roṣāruṇacakṣuṣā muhuḥkuhūrutāhūyata candra- vairiṇī) N.1.1; उन्मीलन्ति कुहूः कुहूरिति कलोत्तालाः पिकानां गिरः (unmīlanti kuhūḥ kuhūriti kalottālāḥ pikānāṃ giraḥ) Gītagovinda 1; पिकविधुस्तव हन्ति समन्तमस्त्वमपि चन्द्रविरोधि-कुहूरवः (pikavidhustava hanti samantamastvamapi candravirodhi-kuhūravaḥ) Udb.

4) The first day of the first quarter on which the moon rises.

Derivable forms: kuhuḥ (कुहुः), kuhūḥ (कुहूः).

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

Kuhu (कुहु).—f.

(-huḥ) See the next.

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Kuhū (कुहू).—f.

(-hūḥ) 1. New moon; the first day of the first quarter on which the moon rises invisible. 2. The cry of the Kokila or Indian cuckoo. E. kūh to astonish, ū affix, or with ku affix kuhu.

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

Kuhu (कुहु).—The cry of the cuckoo, Mahābhārata 15, 724.

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Kuhū (कुहू).—1. kuh + ū (cf. kuhaka), f. The new moon; probably that part of the day of the new moon when the moon is completely waned, Mahābhārata 3, 14129. 2. The name of a river, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 5, 20, 10. 3. The cry of the cuckoo, [Gītagovinda. ed. Lassen.] 1, 47.

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

Kuhū (कुहू).—[feminine] the new moon (personif.).

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

1) Kuhu (कुहु):—1. kuhu m. Name of a particular weight, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

2) f. (= 1. kuhu) the new moon, [Pāṇini; Siddhānta-kaumudī]

3) 2. kuhu ind. onomatopoetic from the cry of the Kolika, etc., only in [compound]

4) cf. 2. kuhū.

5) Kuhū (कुहू):—1. kuhū f. ([from] √kuh = guh?), the new moon (personified as a daughter of Aṅgiras), [Atharva-veda; Kāṭhaka; Taittirīya-saṃhitā; Aitareya-brāhmaṇa] etc.

6) the first day of the first quarter (on which the moon rises invisible), [Horace H. Wilson]

7) Name of one of the seven rivers of Plakṣa-dvīpa, [Viṣṇu-purāṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa v, 20, 10.]

8) 2. kuhū ind. = kuhu2.

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

1) Kuhu (कुहु):—(huḥ) 2. f. New moon.

2) Kuhū (कुहू):—(hūḥ) 3. f. The day of new moon; cry of the cuckoo.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kuhu (कुहु) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Kuhu.

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Kuhu 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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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Kuhu (कुहु) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Kuhu.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kuhu (ಕುಹು):—

1) [noun] the day when the moon is between the earth and the sun, with its dark side toward the earth; the new moon day.

2) [noun] the call of a cuckoo; any sweet and loving sound imitating it.

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Kuhū (ಕುಹೂ):—[noun] = ಕುಹು [kuhu].

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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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