Manasa, aka: Mānasa, Mānasā, Manasha; 15 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Mānasa (मानस) is the name of a lake situated near Gandhamādana, which is the name of a mountain on the southern side of mount Meru, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 75. Meru is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, which is ruled over by Āgnīdhra, who is a son of Priyavrata.

Around lake Mānasa are situated eighteen mountains:

  1. Triśikhara,
  2. Śiśira,
  3. Kapi,
  4. Śatamakṣa,
  5. Turaga,
  6. Tāmrābha,
  7. Viṣa,
  8. Śvetodana,
  9. Samūla,
  10. Sarala,
  11. Ratnaketu,
  12. Ekamūla,
  13. Mahāśṛṅga,
  14. Gajamūla,
  15. Śāvaka,
  16. Pañcaśaila,
  17. Kailāsa,
  18. Himavān.

2) Mānasa (मानस).—One of the seven major mountains in Krauñcadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 88. All of these mountains are tall and filled with gems. It is also known by the name Raivata. Krauñcadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Jyotiṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata.

3) Mānasa (मानस) is the name of the mountain in Puṣkaradvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 90. Puṣkaradvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Savana, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata.

Priyavrata is the son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

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: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Mānasa (मानस).—A serpent born of the family of Vāsuki. This serpent was burnt to death at the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya. (Śloka 5, Chapter 57, Ādi Parva).

2) Mānasa (मानस).—A serpent born of the family of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. This serpent was burnt to death at the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya. (Śloka 16, Chapter 57, Ādi Parva).

3) Mānasa (मानस).—(MĀNASASARAS). A lake on the peak of the Himālayas. Arjuna visited this lake once. (Śloka 4, Chapter 8, Sabhā Parva). In the precincts of this lake many devotees conduct Śiva-worship. They believe they would merge with Śiva at the end of the yuga. Those who bathe in that pond would acquire mokṣa. Mānasasaras is called Ujjānaka also. Vasiṣṭha and Arundhatī became realised souls at this place. (Śloka 14, Chapter 130, Vana Parva). A sage who lived in Mānasasaras in the form of a swan visited Bhīṣma while he was lying on his bed of arrows. (Śloka 98, Chapter 119, Bhīṣma Parva). Once a Devī named Upaśruti pointed out Indra who was hiding amongst the lotus stems in Mānasasaras. It was Brahmā who made this lotus lake and the river Sarayū starts from here. (Bālakāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Manasa (मनस).—The lake of the south.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 16.

2a) Mānasa (मानस).—A mountain of Puṣkaradvīpa; the limit of Pṛthu's dominion; west of the city of Vasavī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 112-14, 117; Matsya-purāṇa 123. 16; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 108; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 8. 7-8.

2b) A son of Vapuṣmān and the founder of the Mānasa kingdom.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 14. 32, 34; Vāyu-purāṇa 33. 28, 30; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4, 23, 29.

2c) A vaṃśavartin god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 29.

2d) A Yakṣa; a son of Devajanī and Maṇivara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 130.

2e) One of the four lakes in Meru; surrounds all the sides of the Meru over which is established the capital of the Lokapālas; at the foot of the Vaidyūta hill from which the R. Sarayu rises;1 north of the Ganges;2 a tīrtha sacred to Kumuda and the Pitṛs;3 fit for śrāddha; contains a shrine on its banks;4 in Ilāvṛta.5 Kardama went there with his wife;6 a reference to two haṃsas of the lake; one of them who took to household life was Purañjana; hearing from the other haṃsa he remembered his old place and became calm;7 Indra spent 1,000 years in the lotus stalks of the lake;8 here was the third rebirth of Kauśika's seven sons as Cakravāka birds and their final salvation after becoming Siddhas.9 Ūrvaśī sported with Purūravas in.10

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 113. 46; 121. 16; 163. 86; 183. 2; 194. 8; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 15; 21. 29-33; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 14; 50. 87-90; 111. 4.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 1. 76; Matsya-purāṇa 70. 20; 107. 2; Vāyu-purāṇa 36. 16; 42. 27; 77. 110-11.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 13. 27; 22. 23.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 13, 58, 115-6; IV. 2. 25-6.
  • 5) Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 2. 26.
  • 6) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 5. 10; III. 23. 40.
  • 7) Ib. V. 28. 54 and 63.
  • 8) Ib. VI. 13. 14-5.
  • 9) Matsya-purāṇa 20. 17; 21. 35.
  • 10) Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 6. 48.

2f) Father of Riṣyanta, belonging to the commencement of the Dvāpara in the 11th Manvantara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 30.

2g) The Pitṛs as sons of Vasiṣṭha, with forms, live in jyoti worlds; their mind-born daughter is Gau, wife of Śukra.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 15. 12-15.

2h) The Vaiśya caste of Śākadvīpa.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 4. 69.

2i) The region of Śālmalidvīpa adjoining the Mahiṣa hill.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 45; Vāyu-purāṇa 49. 40.

3) Mānasā (मानसा).—The world above Brahmāṇḍa where live the Somapa Pitṛs;1 the country of Pitṛs—Sukālas.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 15. 25.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 10. 97; Vāyu-purāṇa 73. 47.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Mānasa (मानस) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.52.5, I.57, II.25.5) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Mānasa) 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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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)

Mānasa (मानस) refers to a classification of sins, according to the Śivadharmottarapurāṇa

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism
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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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Katha (narrative stories)

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Mānasa (मानस) is the name of a beautiful lake on the north side of the Hemakūṭa mountain, as mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 46. Accordingly, “when they heard Sumeru say this, and he himself led the way, they all, Sūryaprabha and the others, went to the mountain Hemakūṭa. And on the north side of it they reached a beautiful lake named Mānasa, which seemed to have been the first assay of the Creator’s skill when making the sea, which eclipsed with its full-blown golden lotuses, shaken by the wind, the faces of the heavenly nymphs sporting in the water”.

Mānasa (मानस) as the name of a lake (sara or saras) situated at the Himālayas is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 56. Accordingly, as Saṅgamadatta said to Bandhumatī: “... as I was wandering round all the holy places I came to the Mānasa lake on the Himālayas, and in it I saw, as in a mirror, a house composed of jewels, and from that building there came out suddenly a man with a sword in his hand, and he ascended the bank of the lake, accompanied by a troop of celestial females (divyanārī)”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Mānasa, 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

Mānasa (मानस) is the name of a water-reservoir in Jambūdvīpa mentioned by Soḍḍhala in his Udayasundarīkathā. Jambūdvīpa is one of the seven continents (dvīpa) of Bhūrloka (earth). The soldiers were asked to seek Udayasundarī around these reservoirs of water.

The Udayasundarīkathā is a Sanskrit work in the campū style, narrating the story of the Nāga princess Udayasundarī and Malayavāhana, king of Pratiṣṭhāna. Soḍḍhala is a descendant of Kalāditya (Śilāditya’s brother) whom he praises as an incarnation of a gaṇa (an attendant of Śiva).

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Kathā
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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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India history and geogprahy

Mānasa (मानस) is the name of a sacred spot mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Mānasa is the modern Mānasbal under the shelter of the hill Ahatyung.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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mānasa : (nt.) mind; intention. (adj.), (in cpds.) having the intention of.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Manasa, (adj.) (the —° form of mano, an enlarged form, for which usually either °mana or °mānasa) having a mind, with such & such a mind Sn. 942 (nibbāna° “a nibbāna mind, ” one who is intent upon N. , cp. expln at SnA 567); Pv. I, 66 (paduṭṭha-manasā f. , maybe °mānasā; but PvA. 34 explns “paduṭṭha-cittā paduṭṭhena vā manasā). See also adhimanasa under adhimana. (Page 519)

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Mānasa, (nt.) (a secondary formation fr. manas=mano, already Vedic lit. “belonging to mind”) intention, purpose, mind (as active force), mental action. Almost equivalent to mano Dhs. § 6. In later language mānasa is quite synonymous with hadaya. The word, used absolutely, is more a t. t. in philosophy than a living part of the language. It is more frequent as —° in adj. use, where its connection with mano is still more felt. Its absolute use probably originated from the latter use.—DhsA. 140 (=mano); Vbh. 144 sq. (in definition of viññāṇa as cittaṃ, mano, mānasaṃ, hadayaṃ etc. : see mano II. 3); DhA. II, 12 (paradāre mānasaṃ na bandhissāmi “shall have no intention towards another’s wife, ” i.e. shall not desire another’s wife); Mhvs 4, 6 (sabbesaṃ hita-mānasā with the intention of common welfare); 32, 56 (rañño hāsesi mānasaṃ gladdened the heart of the king).—As adj. (-°): being of such & such a mind, having a ... mind, with a ... heart; like: ādīna° with his mind in danger S. V, 74 (+apatiṭṭhitacitta); uggata° lofty-minded VvA. 217; pasanna° with settled (peaceful) mind Sn. 402 and frequently; mūḷha° infatuated Mhvs 5, 239; rata° PvA. 19; sañcodita° urged (in her heart) PvA. 68; soka-santatta° with a heart burning with grief PvA. 38. (Page 529)

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

manaśā (मनशा).—f (manīṣā S) Wish, desire, mind.

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manasā (मनसा).—f (manīṣā S) Wish, desire, mind.

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mānasa (मानस).—n m (S) The mind, the intelligent power, the seat or the faculty of reason. 2 The heart, the seat of the passions and affections. Ex. mā0 mājhēṃ mōhilēṃ yā dēvēṃ ||. 3 Desire or inclination: also intention or purpose. Ex. puṇyāsa jāvēṃ asēṃ mājhēṃ mā0 jhālēṃ āhēṃ. 4 In law. Tacit or implied consent. 5 The name of a celebrated lake (mānasa sarōvara) in the Himalaya mountains.

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mānasa (मानस).—a S Relating to the mind, mental.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

manaśā (मनशा) [-sā, -सा].—f Wish, desire, mind.

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mānasa (मानस).—n m The mind. The heart. Desire. a Mental.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Manasā (मनसा).—Name of a daughter of Kaśyapa, sister of the serpent king, Ananta, wife of the sage जरत्कारु (jaratkāru) and mother of the sage अस्तिक (astika); so मनसादेवी (manasādevī).

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Mānasa (मानस).—a. (- f.) [मन एव, मनस इदं वा अण् (mana eva, manasa idaṃ vā aṇ)]

1) Pertaining to the mind, mental, spiritual (opp. śārīra).

2) Produced from the mind, sprung at will; ब्रह्मणो मानसपुत्राः (brahmaṇo mānasaputrāḥ); किं मानसी सृष्टिः (kiṃ mānasī sṛṣṭiḥ) Ś.4; Ku.1.18; मद्भावा मानसा जाता (madbhāvā mānasā jātā) Bg.1. 6.

3) Only to be conceived in the mind, conceivable; अहिंसा सत्यमस्तेयं ब्रह्मचर्यमलुब्धता । एतानि मानसानि स्युर्व्रतानि (ahiṃsā satyamasteyaṃ brahmacaryamalubdhatā | etāni mānasāni syurvratāni) ......

4) Tacit, implied.

5) Dwelling on the lake Mānasa; न रमते मरालस्य मानसं मानसं विना (na ramate marālasya mānasaṃ mānasaṃ vinā) Udb.

-saḥ A form of Viṣṇu.

-sam 1 The mind, heart, soul; सपदि मदनानलो दहति मम मानसम् (sapadi madanānalo dahati mama mānasam) Gīt.1; अपि च मानसमम्बुनिधिः (api ca mānasamambunidhiḥ) Bv.1.113; मानसं विषयैर्विना (mānasaṃ viṣayairvinā) (bhāti) 116.

2) Name of a sacred lake on the mountain Kailāsa; कैलासशिखरे राम मनसा निर्मितं सरः । ब्रह्मणा प्रागिदं यस्मात्तदभून्मानसं सरः (kailāsaśikhare rāma manasā nirmitaṃ saraḥ | brahmaṇā prāgidaṃ yasmāttadabhūnmānasaṃ saraḥ) || Rām.; (it is said to be the native place of swans, who are described as migrating to its shores every year at the commencement of the breeding season or the monsoons; meghaśyāmā diśo dṛṣṭvā mānasotsukacetasām | kūjitaṃ rājahaṃsānāṃ nedaṃ nūpuraśiñjitam V.4.14,15; yasyāstoye kṛtavasatayo mānasaṃ saṃnikṛṣṭaṃ nādhyāsyanti vyapagataśucastvāmapi prekṣya haṃsāḥ Me.78; (see Me.11; Ghaṭ. 9 also); R.6.26; Me.64. Bv.1.3.

3) (In law) Tacit or implied consent.

4) A kind of salt.

5) The mental powers.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Manasā (मनसा).—f.

(-sā) The goddess of the serpent race, and the particular protectress against their venom. E. manas the mind, aff. ṭāp; the object of love, and devotion.

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Mānasa (मानस).—mfn.

(-saḥ-sā-saṃ) Mental. n.

(-saṃ) 1. The mind, the seat or faculty of reason and feeling. 2. The lake Manus, or Manasarovara in the Himalaya mountains. 3. (In law,) Tacit or implied consent. f. (-sī) 1. Mental, born from the mind. 2. A kind of salt. 3. A goddess peculiar to the Jainas. E. manas the mind, aff. aṇ; or manas Brahma, the supreme mind, aṇ aff. of derivation, &c.

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