Pushpabana, Puṣpabāṇa, Pushpa-bana: 8 definitions


Pushpabana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 term Puṣpabāṇa can be transliterated into English as Puspabana or Pushpabana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pushpabana in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Puṣpabāṇa (पुष्पबाण) (Cf. Puṣpaśara) refers to the “five flower-arrows” of Kāma, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.2.—“[...] O best of sages, when I Brahmā, thought like this, a wonderfully Beautiful Being appeared as my mental creation. He [viz., Kāma] had a golden complexion. [...] He had the Makara fish for his vehicle. He was armed with a bow and five flowers for his arrows [viz., Puṣpabāṇa]. His loving glance was very attractive as he rolled his eyes here and there. [...]”.

Brahmā said:—“In this form and with your five flower-arrows [viz., Puṣpabāṇa] you can enamour and captivate men and women and carry on the eternal task of creation. [...] The minds of all living beings will become an easy target of your five-flower arrows (Puṣpabāṇa). You will be the cause of their elation. Thus I have assigned you the task of facilitating creation. These sons of mine will confer names and titles on you”.

Taking his five flower-arrows (Puṣpabāṇa), Kāma decided on his future course remaining invisible in form. His five arrows are respectively:

  1. Harṣaṇa (delighting),
  2. Rocana (appealing),
  3. Mohana (deluding),
  4. Śoṣaṇa (withering),
  5. Māraṇa (killing).

Even sages could be deluded and tormented by them.

Note: The five flowers that are the missiles of love-God Kāma are stated to be:

  1. arabinda (a white lotus),
  2. aśoka (Jonesia Aśoka),
  3. āmra (mango-oot (?)),
  4. navamallikā (Jasmine),
  5. nīlotpala (a blue lotus).
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Puṣpabāṇa (पुष्पबाण).—The God of love; see Madana.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 154. 245.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pushpabana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Puṣpabāṇa (पुष्पबाण).—an epithet of the god of love.

Derivable forms: puṣpabāṇaḥ (पुष्पबाणः).

Puṣpabāṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms puṣpa and bāṇa (बाण). See also (synonyms): puṣpavāṇa.

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

Puṣpabāṇa (पुष्पबाण) or Puṣpavāṇa.—m.

(-ṇaḥ) An epithet of the god of love.

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

Puṣpabāṇa (पुष्पबाण).—[masculine] [Epithet] of the god of love (the flower-arrowed).

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

Puṣpabāṇa (पुष्पबाण):—[=puṣpa-bāṇa] [from puṣpa > puṣ] m. ‘f°-arrowed’, the god of love

[Sanskrit to German]

Pushpabana in German

context information

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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pushpabana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Puṣpabāṇa (ಪುಷ್ಪಬಾಣ):—

1) [noun] any of the arrows of Kāma, the Love God.

2) [noun] Kāma, himself.

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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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