Pusha, aka: Pūṣā, Pūṣa; 7 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Pūṣā and Pūṣa can be transliterated into English as Pusa or Pusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1) Pūṣā (पूषा).—(PŪṢAN). Pūṣā attended the Janmotsava of Arjuna. (Chapter 122, Ādi Parva). When Arjuna and Kṛṣṇa fought against Indra at Khāṇḍavaprastha Pūṣā stood as an ally of Indra. (Śloka 35, Chapter 226, Ādi Parva). Once all the devas together performed a yāga and not knowing the importance of Śiva, they did not invite him to the Yāga. Śiva attended the function uninvited. The devas did not like it and they attacked Śiva. The twelve ādityas as a team fought against Śiva and in the fight Pūṣā lost his teeth. (Chapter 18, Sauptika Parva). Once Pūṣā presented to Subrahmaṇya two warriors named Pāṇītaka and Kālika.

2) Pūṣā (पूषा).—(PŪṢAN). Another name for the Sun. (Śloka 16, Chapter 3, Vana Parva).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Pūṣa (पूष).—The name of the god of a division of the day; a Vasu.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 43; 106. 59; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 42.

1b) A son of Aditī; childless. Laughed at Śiva, enraged at Dakṣa and was deprived of his teeth.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 39 and 43.

1c) The name of the sun in the month of Tapas (Māgha);1 an Āditya.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 39; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 12; 24. 33.
  • 2) Ib. III. 3. 68.

1d) The god on the brows of the Vāmana avatār of the Lord when He showed His true form to Bali;1 all gods find their places in Him.2 Worshipped by Daṇḍins.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 246. 58
  • 2) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 9. 63.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 255. 12.

1e) An Āditya; a son of Diti;1 legend says that during Dakṣa's sacrifice in a rage Śiva gave a slap to the Sun-God when all his teeth fell down;2 to be worshipped in house-building;3 also Pūṣṇa.

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 66. 66; Matsya-purāṇa 6. 4; 146. 20; 171. 56.
  • 2) Ib. 253. 25; 156. 7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 30; V. 16. 7.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 268. 13.

1f) A deity with the sun in the Śarat season.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 12. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 11.
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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Pūṣā (पूषा) refers to one of the 53 gods to be worshipped in the southern quarter and given pāyasa (rice boiled in milk) according to the Vāstuyāga rite in Śaktism (cf. Śāradātilaka-tantra III-V). The worship of these 53 gods happens after assigning them to one of the 64 compartment while constructing a Balimaṇḍapa. Vāstu is the name of a prodigious demon, who was killed by 53 gods (eg., Pūṣā).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

Pūṣā (पूषा) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.15, I.65, IX.44.39) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Pūṣā) 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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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

pusā (पुसा).—a Relating to the month pūsa.

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pūsa (पूस).—m (pauṣa S) The tenth Hindu month, December-January.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pūsa (पूस).—

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

Pūṣa (पूष).—

1) The month पौष (pauṣa).

2) (also pūṣakaḥ) The mulberry tree.

-ṣā Name of the third kalā of the moon.

-ṣam The रेवती (revatī) constellation.

Derivable forms: pūṣaḥ (पूषः).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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