Manu; 17 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Manu (मनु) is the name of a sage who was in the company of Bharata when he recited the Nāṭyaveda them, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, they asked the following questions, “O the best Brahmin (lit. the bull of the twice-born), tell us about the character of the god who appears in the Preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). Why is the sound [of musical instruments] applied there? What purpose does it serve when applied? What god is pleased with this, and what does he do on being pleased? Why does the Director being himself clean, perform ablution again on the stage? How, O sir, the drama has come (lit. dropped) down to the earth from heaven? Why have your descendants come to be known as Śūdras?”.

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Manu (मनु)—One of the eleven other names of Rudra, according to the Bhāgavata Purāṇa 3.12.12.

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

1) Manu (मनु).—See under Manvantara.

2) Manu (मनु).—Son of the Agni Pāñcajanya. Pāñcajanya had three wives Suprajā, Bṛhadbhāsā and Niśā. He got of his first two wives six sons and of his third wife Niśā, a daughter and seven sons. (Chapter 223, Vana Parva).

3) Manu (मनु).—A celestial maiden born to Kaśyapa of Pradhā. (Chapter 59, Verse 44, Ādi Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Manu (मनु) represents a form of Dharma: the name of a Sādhaka (aspirant) created by Brahmā out of his conception (saṅkalpa), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.16:—“[...] O foremost among sages, creating thus, thanks to the favour of Mahādeva, these excellent Sādhakas (eg., Dharma) I [viz., Brahmā] became contented. Then, O dear one, Dharma, born out of my conception assumed the form of Manu at my bidding and was engaged in activity by the aspirants”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

1a) Manu (मनु).—A son of Dhiṣaṇā and Kṛśāśya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 20.

1b) A Pravara.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 196. 30.

1c) A Sādhya god.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 203. 11.

1d) The author of a Dharmaśāstra; grass cut for cow is not punishable; so also flowers plucked from gardens other than those of temples for the worship of god.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 227. 27, 32, 113.

1e) Approached by Varūtri's sons to ruin the offerings to Gods but interrupted by Indra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 79.

1f) A son of Bāṣkala.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 79.

1g) A son of Śighraka; established himself in Kalāpagrāma by yoga.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 210.

1h) One of the sons of Madhu.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 95. 45.

1i) The son of Haryaśva and father of Pratika.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 5. 27.

1j) Worshipped with Devas for kingdom; their duties in different epochs described.1 Fourteen in number; went to Maharloka when their duties were over;2 in order: Svāyambhuva, Svārociṣa, Auttama, Tāmasa, Raivata, Cākṣuṣa; these six are past ones; the future are eight; Sāvarṇa, Pañcaraucyas, Bhautya and Vaivasvata.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 3. 9; VIII. 14. 2-10
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 2. 2 nad 5.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 62. 3-4.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Manu (मनु) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.40) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Manu) 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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Manu (मनु).—A period of time equal to 72 yugas. Note: Manu is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Manu is the earliest Prajapati (Lit. 'Lord-of-all-creatures') and the son of Vivasvant, the sun God. He is the father of Ikshvaku, the first King of Ayodhya and the ancestor of Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana. See [Rama:1.70.21].

According to B.P., he obtained nine sons by performing a sacrifice. Those sons are:

  1. Ikshvaku,
  2. Nabhaga,
  3. Dhrishta,
  4. Sharyati,
  5. Narishyanta,
  6. Pramashu,
  7. Rishta,
  8. Karusha
  9. and Prishadhara.

A daughter named Ila was also born to him when he prayed to the gods Mitra and Varuna. In another place, the B.P. says that Ikshvaku was born from the nostril of his father Manu.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Manu (मनु).—A generic name for any of the fourteen universal rulers also known as Manvantara-avataras, who appear in each day of Lord Brahmā.

Their names are

  1. Svāyambhuva;
  2. Svārociṣa;
  3. Uttama;
  4. Tāmasa;
  5. Raivata;
  6. Cākṣusa;
  7. Vaivasvata;
  8. Savarṇi;
  9. Dakṣasāvarṇi;
  10. Brahmasāvarṇi;
  11. Dharmasāvarṇi;
  12. Rudrasāvarṇi;
  13. Devasāvarni;
  14. Indrasāvarṇi.
Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

An Indian sage of old who wrote a work for the guidance of kings in good government. E.g., Cv.lxxx.9, 55; lxxxiii.6; lxxxiv.2; xcvi.26.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

manu (मनु).—m (S) Manu, the great legislator and saint, the son of Brahma or a personification of Brahma himself. The name however is a generic term, and in every kalpa or interval from creation to creation there are fourteen successive manu, presiding over the universe for the period of a manvantara respectively. 2 fig. The proper period or season; the time, the day, the hour &c., emphatically. Ex. dhānya kāpāyācā manu ālā; sadyaḥ tumacē bōla- ṇyācā manu āhē; tumacā manu gēlā mājhā manu ālā. 3 S A man.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

manu (मनु).—m Manu. Fig. The proper season. An epoch, an age.

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

Manu (मनु).—a. Thinking, wise, intelligent, sage; सलोकपाला मुनयो मनूनामाद्यं मनुं प्राञ्जलयः प्रणेमुः (salokapālā munayo manūnāmādyaṃ manuṃ prāñjalayaḥ praṇemuḥ) Bhāg.4.6.39.

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Manu (मनु).—[man-u Uṇ.1.1]

1) Name of a celebrated personage regarded as the representative man and father of the human race (sometimes regarded as one of the divine beings).

2) Particularly, the fourteen successive progenitors or sovereigns of the earth mentioned in Ms.1.63. (The first Manu called svāyaṃbhuvamanu is supposed to be a sort of secondary creator, who produced the ten Prajapatis or Maharṣis and to whom the code of laws known as Manusmriti is ascribed. The seventh Manu called vaivasvatamanu, being supposed to be born from the sun, is regarded as the progenitor of the present race of living beings and was saved from a great flood by Viṣṇu in the form of a fish; cf. matsyāvatāra; he is also regarded as the founder of the solar race of kings who ruled at Ayodhyā; see U.6.18; R.1.11; vivasvān manave prāha manurikṣvākave'bravīt Bg.4.1. The names of the fourteen Manus in order are:-1 svāyaṃbhuva, 2 svārociṣa, 3 auttami, 4 tāmasa, 5 raivata, 6 cākṣuṣa, 7 vaivasvata, 8 sāvarṇi, 9 dakṣasāvarṇi, 1 brahmasāvarṇi, 11 dharmasāvarṇi, 12 rudrasāvarṇi, 13 raucya-daivasāvarṇi and 14 iṃdrasāvarṇi).

3) A symbolical expression for the number 'fourteen'.

4) A man, mankind (opp. evil spirits); मनवे शासदव्रतान् (manave śāsadavratān) Ṛv.1.13.8.

5) Thought, thinking or mental faculty (Ved.).

6) A prayer, sacred text or spell (mantra); मनुं साधयतो राज्यं नाकपृष्ठमनाशके (manuṃ sādhayato rājyaṃ nākapṛṣṭhamanāśake) Mb.13.7.18.

7) (pl.) Mental powers; देहोऽसवोऽक्षा मनवो भूतमात्रा नात्मानमन्यं च विदुः परं यत् (deho'savo'kṣā manavo bhūtamātrā nātmānamanyaṃ ca viduḥ paraṃ yat) Bhāg.6.4.25.

-nuḥ f. The wife of Manu.

Derivable forms: manuḥ (मनुः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Manu (मनु).—f. (in Sanskrit Lex. Manu, f., is recorded as the wife of Manu, m.), n. of the ‘mother of mankind’: (tadya- thā) ditir devānāṃ mātā Manur mānavānāṃ Surabhiḥ saurabheyānāṃ…Divy 635.3.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Manu (मनु).—m.

(-nuḥ) 1. Manu, the legislator and saint, the son of Brahma, or a personification of Brahma himself, the creator of the world and progenitor of mankind; the name is however a generic term. and in every Kalpa or interval from creation to creation, there are fourteen successive Manus presiding over the universe for the period of a Manwantara, respectively; in the present creation there have been the six following Manus: Marichi or Swayambhuva, the supposed revealer of the code of law possessed by the Hindus, Swaro4Chisha, Outtami, Tamasa, Raivata, and Chakshusha; the seventh or the present Manu is Vaivaswata, and is regarded to be the founder of the solar race of kings; Sabarni, Daksha-Sabarni, Brahma-Sabarni, Dharma-Sa- Barni, Rudrasabarni, Deva-Sabarni, and Indra-Savarni, these seven Manus are to come in the present creation. 2. A man in general. 3. One of the Jaina saints. 4. A Mantra, a mystical verse or formula. 5. The number fourteen. f. (-nuḥ-nāyīnāvī) The wife of a legislator or Manu. E. man to know or understand, (the Vedas or scripture especially,) and u Unadi aff.

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