Pushpa, aka: Puṣpa, Puṣpā; 17 Definition(s)

Introduction

Pushpa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit terms Puṣpa and Puṣpā can be transliterated into English as Puspa or Pushpa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana

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Puṣpa (पुष्प):—Son of Hiraṇyanābha (son of Vidhṛti). He had a son named Dhruvasandhi. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.12.5)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Puṣpa (पुष्प).—A serpent born of the family of Kaśyapa. (Śloka 13, Chapter 103, Udyoga Parva).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Puṣpa (पुष्प).—The son of Hiraṇyanābha and father of Dhruvasandhi.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 209.
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)

Puṣpa (पुष्प, “flowers”):—One of the five preliminary oblations (upacāra) to be offered during the worship of Gaṇeśa, Durgā, Śiva and Viṣṇu, according to the Durgāpūjātattva.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

Puṣpa (पुष्प) or Puṣpatantra refers to one of the thirty-three Dakṣiṇatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Puṣpa-tantra belonging to the Dakṣiṇa class.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Puṣpa (पुष्प) is a Sanskrit technical term translating to “flower” or “blossom” and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita or the Carakasaṃhita.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

1) Puṣpa (पुष्प) or Puṣpavarga is another name for Karvīrādi: the tenth chapter of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Rāja-nighaṇṭu is a medical lexicon ascribed originally known as the Abhidhānacuṇāmaṇi. It mentions the names of 1483 medicinal drugs (auṣadhi) and substances (dravya) excluding synonyms, grouped into twenty-two chapters [viz., Puṣpa-varga].

2) Puṣpa (पुष्प) refers to a “flower”, as mentioned in a list of eight synonyms, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) verse 33.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Puṣpa (पुष्प, “sweet words”) refers to ‘sweet words’ of gallantry. Puṣpa represents one of the thirteen pratimukhasandhi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. Pratimukhasandhi refers to the “segments (sandhi) of the progressing part (pratimukha)” and represents one of the five segments of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic composition (nāṭaka).

2) Puṣpa (पुष्प) refers to one of the four kinds of vyañjana (indication), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. Vyañjana represents one of the four classes of dhātu (stroke), which relate to different aspects of strokes in playing stringed instruments (tata).

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “puṣpa is one stroke with the little finger and the thumb”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Puṣpa (पुष्प).—One of the twelve elements of the ‘progression segment’ (pratimukhasandhi);—(Description:) Mentioning some favourable peculiarity is called Sweet Words (puṣpa, lit. flower).

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

Puṣpa (पुष्प) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. V.101.13/V.103) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Puṣpa) 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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Puṣpa (पुष्प, “flower”).—One of the ten kinds of “plant-bodies” (vanaspati) a soul (jīva) can be reborn as due to karma. Puṣpa and other plant-bodies are within the animal world (tiryag-gati) which is one of the four divisions of saṃsāra where souls are reborn.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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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India history and geogprahy

Puṣpa (पुष्प).—Gupta inscription No. 1 mentions a city named Puṣpa where Samudragupta enjoyed playfully while he was young. Apparently, the city was the Gupta capital. Also see Pāṭaliputra.

Source: archive.org: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions

Puṣpa.—(IE 8-8), a coin having the shape or sign of flower. Cf. a-harītaka-śāka-puṣpa-grahaṇa (IE 8-5), flowers which the villagers (probably, the florists) were obliged to supply to the king or landlord on occasions or to the touring officials. Note: puṣpa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

puṣpa (पुष्प).—n (S) A flower. 2 The menses, vulgo flowers. 3 A disease of the eyes, albugo. 4 The uterus at large or the ovarium. See under phūla. puṣpa ṭhēvaṇēṃ To cast blame upon.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

puṣpa (पुष्प).—n A flower. The menses. A disease of the eyes, albugo.

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

Puṣpa (पुष्प).—[puṣp vikāśe-ac]

1) A flower, blossom; पत्रं पुष्पं फलं तोयं यो मे भक्त्या प्रयच्छति (patraṃ puṣpaṃ phalaṃ toyaṃ yo me bhaktyā prayacchati) Bg.9.26.

2) The menstrual discharge; as in पुष्पवती (puṣpavatī) q. v.

3) A topaz (puṣparāga); Rām.2.94.6.

4) A disease of the eyes (albugo).

5) The car or vehicle of Kubera; see पुष्पक (puṣpaka).

6) Gallantry, politeness (in love language).

7) Expanding, blooming, blossoming (said to be m. in this sense).

Derivable forms: puṣpam (पुष्पम्).

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Puṣpā (पुष्पा).—Name of the town Champā, the modern Bhāgalpur.

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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