Pusha, Pūṣā, Pūṣa: 21 definitions


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

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Pūṣā (पूषा) is the name of one of the twelve Ādityas: the offspring of Aditi, according to one account of Vaṃśa (‘genealogical description’) of the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, Dakṣa gave thirteen daughters to Kaśyapa. [...] Kaśyapa’s thirteen wives are [viz., Aditi]. Aditi gives birth to twelve Ādityas, [viz. Pūṣā].

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

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 (e.g., Pūṣā).

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study (h)

Pūṣā (पूषा) refers to one of the names for the “sun”, who was worshipped as Sūrya, Savitā, Mitra, Pūṣā etc. in the Vedas. Though all of them represented basically the same phenomenon, yet they were considered to be distinct deities as their concepts revealed different powers of the Sun.

Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Pusa in Cameroon is the name of a plant defined with Treculia africana in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Myriopeltis edulis Welw. ex Hook.f. (among others).

2) Pusa is also identified with Treculia erinacea It has the synonym Antiaris toxicaria Lesch. subsp. africana (Scott-Elliot ex A. Chev.) C.C. Berg (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Annales du muséum national d’histoire naturelle (1810)
· Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique (1847)
· Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information Kew (1894)
· Etudes Fl. Afr. Centr. Franc. (1913)
· Bulletin du Jardin Botanique National de Belgique (1977)
· Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaires des Séances de l’Académie des Sciences (1920)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and 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 Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

pūsa (पूस).—

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Puṣā (पुषा).—f.

(-ṣā) 1. Cherishing. 2. The langali plant: see lāṅgalikī. E. puṣ to cherish, affs. ka and ṭāp.

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Pūṣa (पूष).—m.

(-ṣaḥ) The mulberry. (Morus Indica.) E. pūṣ to grow, aff. ka. “tuṃ~t .”

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

Puṣa (पुष).—[puṣ + a], in graha-, m. The sun (nourishing the planets by its light). f. ṣā, The name of a plant.

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

Puṣa (पुष).—pupyāta (pupyāte, pupṇāti & poṣati), [participle] puṣṭa (q.v.) [intransitive] thrive, bloom, grow, prosper; tr. cause to thrive etc.; cherish, foster, develop, unfold, display, possess, enjoy. [Causative] poṣayati cherish, foster, rear, bring up, cause to be nourished by ([instrumental]).

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

1) Puṣa (पुष):—[from puṣ] mfn. (ifc.) nourishing, cherishing (cf. graha-p)

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a teacher, [Catalogue(s)]

3) Puṣā (पुषा):—[from puṣa > puṣ] f. Methonica Superba, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Pūṣa (पूष):—[from pūṣ] 1. pūṣa m. a kind of mulberry tree, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) Pūṣā (पूषा):—[from pūṣa > pūṣ] f. Name of the third Kalā of the moon, [Brahma-purāṇa]

6) Pūṣa (पूष):—[from pūṣ] 2. pūṣa in [compound] for ṣan.

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

1) Puṣā (पुषा):—(ṣā) 1. f. Cherishing; a tree.

2) Pūṣa (पूष):—(ṣaḥ) 1. m. The mulberry.

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Pusha in German

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Pūsa (पूस) [Also spelled pus]:—(nm) the tenth month of the Hindu (lunar) calendar; also [pauṣa].

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

1) Pusa (पुस) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit words: Proñch, Mṛj.

2) Pusa (पुस) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pauṣa.

3) Pūsa (पूस) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pūṣ.

4) Pūsa (पूस) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Pūṣan.

5) Pūsā (पूसा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Puṣyā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pūṣa (ಪೂಷ):—

1) [noun] the Sun, a vedic deity regarded as the surveyor of all things, conductor of journeys and on the way to the next to the next world, etc.

2) [noun] any deity protecting the universe.

3) [noun] one of the Ādityās, a class of deities.

4) [noun] the earth.

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Pūsa (ಪೂಸ):—[noun] a man who represents fictitiously or puts on an appearance to deceive another or others.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Pūṣā (பூஷா) noun < pūṣā nominative singular of pūṣan.

1. A deity representing the Sun, one of tuvātacātittar, q.v.; துவாதசாதித்தருள் ஒருவன். [thuvathasathitharul oruvan.]

2. The fourth of 15 divisions of night; இரவு [iravu] 15 முகூர்த் தத்துள் நான்காவது. [mugurth thathul nankavathu.] (விதானமாலை குணாகுண. [vithanamalai kunaguna.] 73, உரை. [urai.])

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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