Munja, aka: Muñja; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Katha (narrative stories)

Muñja (मुञ्ज).—He was also known as Vākapatirāja II, Utpalarāja, Pṛthvīvallabha and Śrī-vallabha. Muñja was a poet and a patron of poets. He was the son of Sīyaka. He ruled at Dhārā from 974 to 995 A.D. He was defeated and executed by the Calukya king Tailapa II.

Among the poets who lived in his court were Padmagupta the author of the Navasāhasāṅka-carita, Dhanañjaya the author of Dasarūpaka, a treatise an dramaturgy, his brother Dhanika, who wrote commentaries on the last named work styled Dasarūpavaloka and Kāvyanirṇaya, Halāyudha who wrote a commentary on Piṅgalas work on metrics, Dhanapāla who was the author of Paiyālacchī and Tilakamañjarī and Amitagati, the author of Subhāṣita-ratna-sandoha.

Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Muñja (मुञ्ज).—An ancient sage of Bhārata. This sage respected Yudhiṣṭhira very much. (Śloka 23, Chapter 26, Vana Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Muñja (मुञ्ज).—A Rākṣasa in the fourth tala or Gabhastalam.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 20. 33; Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 32.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Muñja (मुञ्ज) denotes a grass, the Saccharum Muñja, which is of luxuriant growth, attaining to a height of ten feet. It is mentioned in the Rigveda along with other kinds of grasses as the lurking-place of venomous creatures. In the same text the Muñja grass is spoken of as purifying, apparently being used as the material of a filter for Soma. The grass is often mentioned in the later Saṃhitās and the Brāhmaṇas. It is in the Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa said to be ‘ hollow ’ (suṣira) and to be used for the plaited part of the throne (Āsandī).

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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muñja : (nt.) a kind of grass used in making slippers, etc.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Muñja, (Vedic muñja, cp. Zimmer, Altind. Leben 72) 1. a sort of grass (reed) Saccharum munja Roxb. Sn. 440. °kesa having a dark mane (like m. grass) D. II, 174. °pādukā slipper made of m. grass DhA. III, 451. °maya made of m. grass Sn. 28.—The reed itself is called isīkā (q. v.).—2. a sort of fish J. IV, 70 (+rohita, taken as Dvandva by C.); VI, 278 (id.). (Page 536)

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

muñja (मुंज).—f (S) The ceremony of investing a young Brahman with the sacrificial thread. 2 m A grass (Saccharum munja) from the fibres of which is prepared the string which is worn around the loins during the ceremony of muñja by the Brahman the subject of it, and until the ceremony of sōḍamuñja (loosening of the muñja) which is performed about sixteen years afterwards. 3 The string so prepared and worn.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

muñja (मुंज).—f Thread ceremony.

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

Muñja (मुञ्ज).—m.

(-ñjaḥ) 1. A sort of grass, from the fibres of which a string is prepared, of which the triple thread worn by the Brahmana as a girdle should be formed, (Saccharum munja, Rox.) 2. The Brahminical girdle, or in common use, the sacred string or cord. 3. An arrow. E. muji to sound, aff. ac .

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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