Muraja, Murajā: 16 definitions



Muraja means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Muraja (मुरज) refers to “drums” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “Vajrekṣaṇa, Śaṅkukarṇa and Mahāgrāmaṇī are said to be gods of Murajas (drums). Mṛdaṅgas are so called because of being made of mṛt (earth), and they are called Bhāṇḍas because they bhramayati (move about). Murajas are so called because they are placed in an upright position (ūrdhvakaraṇa), and they are called Ātodya because of relating to todanā (striking).”.

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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)

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Muraja (मुरज) refers to a “musical instruments” (a sort of drum) that existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—The Nīlamata says that the land of Kaśmīra was thronged with ever-sportive and joyful people enjoying continuous festivities. Living amidst scenes of sylvan beauty they played, danced and sang to express their joys, to mitigate their pains, to please their gods and to appease their demons.

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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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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

An inhabitant of Rammavati. He was a previous birth of Bodhi upatthayaka Thera. Ap.i.194.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Indian Buddhist Iconography

Murajā (मुरजा) refers to the “kettle-drum” and the deification thereof, as commonly depicted in Buddhist Iconography, and mentioned in the 11th-century Niṣpannayogāvalī of Mahāpaṇḍita Abhayākara.—Her Colour is smoky; her Symbol is the muraja instrument; she has two arms.

Murajā is described in the Niṣpannayogāvalī (vajraḍāka-maṇḍala) as follows:—

“Murajā is of the colour of smoke, and she is engaged with her two hands in playing on the muraja instrument”.

[All these deities are collectively described as nude, violent in appearance, wearing garlands of skulls and severed heads and dancing in pratyālīḍha. They display the different instruments as their special symbols.]

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Murajā (मुरजा) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Muraja forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Ākāśacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the ākāśacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Murajā] and Vīras are dark blue in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife. Alternatively, the Ḍākinīs have their own marks and motions according to the taste instead of a small drum and a skull staff.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Muraja (मुरज) is the same as Mṛdaṅga (a kind of drum), according to chapter 1.6 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—(cf. Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 2.207).

Accordingly, “[...] Sometimes, like Śakra, the King (i.e., Bharata) occupied the court of the amusement-hall to have a concert performed. The best flute-players blew the sweet-sounding flute, which has the first place in concert-work, like the oṅkāra among charms. [...] The mṛdaṅga-and paṇava-players played each his own instrument, never failing each other, like devoted friends [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

muraja : (m.) a tambourine.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Muraja, (cp. Epic. & Class. Sk. muraja, Prk. murava: Pischel, Prk. Gr. § 254) 1. a small drum, tambourine J. V, 390; Vv 353 (=bheri VvA. 161); 8418 (=mudinga VvA. 340); SnA 370.—2. a kind of girdle Vin. II, 136. (Page 539)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Muraja (मुरज).—[murāt veṣṭanāt jāyate jan-ḍa]

1) A kind of drum or tabor; सानन्दं नन्दिहस्ताहतमुरजरव (sānandaṃ nandihastāhatamurajarava) &c. Māl.1.1; संगीताय प्रहतमुरजाः (saṃgītāya prahatamurajāḥ) Me.66,58; M.1.22; Ku.6.4.

2) A stanza artificially arranged in the form of a drum; also called मुरजबन्ध (murajabandha), see K. P.9 ad loc.

Derivable forms: murajaḥ (मुरजः).

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Murajā (मुरजा).—

1) A large drum.

2) Name of Kubera's wife.

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

Muraja (मुरज).—m.

(-jaḥ) 1. A small drum, a tabor. 2. A stanza the letters of which can be arranged in the form of a drum. f.

(-jā) 1. The wife of Kuvera. 2. A large drum. E. mura encircling, with wood, &c. ja born, made.

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

Muraja (मुरज).—I. m. A small drum, [Mālavikāgnimitra, (ed. Tullberg.)] [distich] 21. Ii. f. . 1. A large drum, [Kumārasaṃbhava, (ed. Stenzler.)] 6, 40. 2. The wife of Kuvera.

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

Muraja (मुरज).—[masculine] a kind of drum or tambourine.

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

1) Muraja (मुरज):—m. ([from] mura + ja?) a kind of, drum, tambourine (ifc. f(ā). ), [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) a Śloka artificially arranged in the form of a drum, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa] (also -bandha, [Kāvyaprakāśa])

3) Murajā (मुरजा):—[from muraja] f. a great drum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of Kubera’s wife, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Muraja (मुरज):—(jaḥ) 1. m. A small drum. f. () A large one; wife of Kuvera.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Muraja (मुरज):—

1) m. eine Art Trommel, Tambourin [Amarakoṣa 1, 1, 7, 4. 5.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 287. 293.] [Halāyudha 1, 97.] [Mahābhārata 5, 4790. 13, 5194.] [Harivaṃśa 8056. 8688.] [Rāmāyaṇa 2, 39, 40 (38, 50 Gorresio).] [Kumārasaṃbhava 6, 40.] [Meghadūta 57.] prahata [?65. Mālavikāgnimitra 21. BRAHMASIDDH. bei WEBER, Nakṣ. 2, 391. Varāhamihira’s Bṛhajjātaka S. 69, 22. Kathāsaritsāgara 2, 34. PAÑCAR. 1, 11, 2] (muruja gedr.). Am Ende eines adj. comp. f. ā [Mahābhārata 9, 2674.] —

2) f. ā a) eine grosse Trommel. — b) Nomen proprium der Gattin Kuvera's [ŚABDĀRTHAK.] bei [WILSON.] — Vgl. maurajika .

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Muraja (मुरज):—

1) [Kathāsaritsāgara 97, 6.] In der Gestalt einer Trommel künstlich geschriebene Śloka [Sāhityadarpana 268, 13.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Muraja (मुरज):——

1) m. — a) eine Art Trommel , Tambourin. Am Ende eines adj. Comp. f. ā — b) in der Gestalt einer Trommel künstlich geschriebene Śloka. Vollständig bandha m. [Kāvyaprakāśa .S.250.] —

2) f. ā — a) eine grosse Trommel. — b) Nomen proprium der Gattin Kubera's.

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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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