Raga, aka: Rāga, Ragā, Rāgā; 28 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Rāga (राग):—Third of the five factors of limitation (kañcuka) that occur in the second stage during the unity of Śiva and Śakti (subject and object). Their unity is initiated upon the cosmic process of creation.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Rāga: Siva is the Universal Consciousness with complete self-satisfaction (PUrnatva) so much so that He has no wants. But the individual soul lacks Purnatva and is full of unmet desires. The Supreme Will of Siva has the total Freedom to remain absolutely self-satisfied. This Freedom of Siva undergoes deformation in the individual embodied soul so much so the finite self seems to be in want all the time.

Source: bhagavadgitausa.com: Kashmir Saivism

Rāga (राग).—In the doctrine of Śaiva Siddhānta, rāga is one of the thirty-six tattvas, and connotes eros, the creative passion of the self that encompasses an entire range of emotions: desire, affection, delight, charm, joy.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra (shaivism)
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Rāga (राग):—A Sanskrit technical term referring to a “reddish” color of the skin, and is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. Rāga is a symptom (rūpa) considered to be due to involvement of pitta-doṣa (aggravated pitta).

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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)

Rāga (राग).—In music, rāga has been said to have two forms, viz. nādamaya, i.e., made of sound which is the object of aural perception and the other devatāmaya which is to be realized through dhyāna (contemplation).

Source: Google Books: Kalātattvakośa (nāṭya-śāstra)

Rāga (राग).—The 72 basic rāgas are actually a vyūha of 4 rāga associated with each of the original 18 jāti, (18x4=72). The subsequent generation is called putrarāga, or janyarāga (but literally speaking even the janakarāgas are jakarāgas from the 7 parents).

Source: Google Books: Music Therapy

Rāga (राग).—The rāga delights the mind of the hearers by means of the excellence of svaras and varṇas and the different qualities of tone. The rāga is adorned by varṇas and svaras. The word rāga is derived from the root indicating the act of pleasing. Mataṅga adds that the word rāga has an etymological as well as a special or conventional meaning like the word paṅkaja.

Mataṅga enumerates the number of rāgas as follows:—5 cokṣās, 5 binnakas, 3 gauḍas, 8 rāgas, 7 sādhāraṇas, 16 bhāṣās and 12 vibhāṣās. Under each class he mentions rāgas with their names. (cf Mataṅga’s 9th century Bṛhaddeśī)

Puṇḍarīka Viṭhala in his Sadrāga-candrodaya expresses the view that Śiva divided the rāgas into three groups, viz:—

  1. śuddha, which are independent rāgas,
  2. sālaṅga, in which the colour of another rāga is found,
  3. saṅkīrṇa, which partaks the nature of the above two classes.

He says that the deśī-rāgas have been conceived by Hanumān as not bound by rigid rules.

Source: archive.org: The Ragas Of Karnatic Music

Rāga (राग, “mode”).—The notes (svara) which are to convey certain definite emotions or ideas must be carefully selected from the twenty-two intervals of the śruti scale and then grouped to form a mode, a rāga. Any artificially formed scale is not necessarily a rāga, for its meaning may be confused and without appeal. The essential feature of a rāga is its power of evoking an emotion that takes hold of the hearers like a spell.

According to Saṅgītadarpaṇa 2.1, “A rāga, the sages says, is a particular form of sound in which notes and melodic movements appear like ornaments and enchant the mind”.

Rāgas vary indefinitely. The number of rāgas theoretically possible is almost limitless. In practice, however, only a few hundred rāgas are generally used, but their classification is often confused, the same rāgas having different names in different provinces, and different rāgas the same name.

Source: archive.org: Northern Indian Music Volume I

A raga is akin to a melodic mode in Indian classical music. In the context of ancient Indian music, the term refers to a harmonious note, melody, formula, building block of music available to a musician to construct a state of experience in the audience. Each raga is an array of melodic structures with musical motifs, considered in the Indian tradition to have the ability to "color the mind" and affect the emotions of the audience.

A raga consists of at least five notes, and each raga provides the musician with a musical framework. The specific notes within a raga can be reordered and improvised by the musician, but a specific raga is either ascending or descending. The raga is considered a means in Indian musical tradition to evoke certain feelings in an audience. Hundreds of raga are recognized in the classical Indian tradition, of which about 30 are common.

Source: WikiPedia: Natyashastra
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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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Rāgā (रागा).—One of the seven daughters of Bṛhaspati—Aṅgiras. As she was loved by all beings she came to be called Rāgā. (Vana Parva, Chapter 203).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Rāga (राग).—Carries away bhūta; leads to saṃsāra and its ills; Viṣayarāga, reason for re-birth.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 102. 67, 69.
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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Vedanta (school of philosophy)

Rāga (राग).—The Mundaka Upanishad uses it in its discussion of soul (Atman-Brahman) and matter (Prakriti), with the sense that the soul does not “color, dye, stain, tint” the matter. The Maitri Upanishad uses the term in the sense of “passion, inner quality, psychological state”.

Source: WikiPedia: Upanishads
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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Rāga (राग).—The word rāga derives from √ranj, “ta glow”, and also “to be affected, excited”. In art, rāga is the color crimson, and in music, particular musical modes that excite particular affections.

According to the Mānasāra LXX, 10-11: “The internal and external rāga as well as wealth will be destroyed, no doubt, having wrongly done the liberation of the eye; also certainly will be contacted disease of the eye”. In the above verse, Acharya, translates rāga as “light (i.e. sight)”. For the sthapati, rāga, together with kalā, here to me an “aptitude”, and vidyā, “knowledge” constitute the key principles of creativity. Loss of rāga thus implies the very deprivation of passion and imagination for artistic creation.

The text mentions two kinds of rāga: internal and external. Taken in the sense of a passionate vision or “seeing”, it is by engaging both the internal and external aspects of rāga that architectural and iconographie making proceeds. For the sthapati, building the temple and making the image are, so to speak, the process of “seeing” it into being. “Seeing” in artistic and architectural making encompasses interaction with the material world through perception and observation, and exploration of the inner realm by imagination and conception.

Rāga is fully realized by observing the rules. Making sense of the architectural theory propounded in the vāstuśastra of the Mānasāra, amounts to, at the primary level, this apprehension of the indefeasible link by way of identification between “seeing” and “knowing”: the ontological (or, to be more accurate, onto-theological) premise of “seeing-as-knowing”, as well as its epistemological converse of “knowing-as-seeing”.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Rāga (राग) refers to one of the 53 gods to be worshipped in the western 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., Rāga).

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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Rāga (राग), states Monier Monier-Williams, comes from a Sanskrit word for “the act of colouring or dyeing”, or simply a “colour, hue, tint, dye”. The term also connotes an emotional state referring to a “feeling, affection, desire, interest, joy or delight”, particularly related to passion, love, or sympathy for a subject or something

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Lust; greed. See lobha.Source: Access to Insight: A Glossary of Pali and Buddhist Terms

One of Maras three daughters, who sought to tempt the Buddha.

SN. vs. 835; S.i.124ff.; J.i.78; DhA.i.201; iii.196,199, etc.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

s. Rāga (“Lust”).

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines

'lust', 'greed', is a synonym of lobha (s. mūla), tanhā and abhijjhā (s. kammapatha).

For kāma-, rūpa-, arūpa-rāga, s. samyojana.

Source: Pali Kanon: Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines
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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

1) Rāga (राग) refers to one of the three daughters of Māra mentioned in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXIV).—Accordingly, “While the Buddha was under the Bodhi tree, king Māra, out of spite (daurmanasya) sent him the three princesses, Lo kien (Ragā), Yue pei (Arati) and K’o ngai (Tṛṣṇā). They came showing off their bodies and using all sorts of charms to try to corrupt the Bodhisattva, but the latter did not let himself become disturbed and did not look at them”.

2) Rāga (राग, “desire”) refers to one of the three poisons (triviṣa) according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter LII).—Desire is of two kinds:

  1. bad desire (mithyārāga)
  2. and simple desire
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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General definition (in Buddhism)

Rāga (राग, “passion”) refers to one of the “six defilements” (kleśa) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 67). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., rāga). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

Rāga (राग) is also found in ancient texts of Buddhism where it connotes “passion, sensuality, lust, desire” for pleasurable experiences as one of three impurities of a character. Alternatively, rāga is used in Buddhist texts in the sense of “color, dye, hue”.

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India history and geogprahy

Rāga.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘six’. Note: rāga 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

Pali-English dictionary

rāga : (m.) colour; hue; dye; lust; attachment.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Rāga, (cp. Sk. rāga, fr. raj: see rajati) 1. colour, hue; colouring, dye Vin. II, 107 (aṅga° “rougeing” the body: bhikkhū aṅgarāgaṃ karonti); ThA. 78; SnA 315 (nānāvidha°).—2 (as t. t. in philosophy & ethics) excitement, passion; seldom by itself, mostly in combn with dosa, & moha, as the three fundamental blemishes of character: passion or lust (uncontrolled excitement), ill-will (anger) and infatuation (bewilderment): see dosa2 & moha; cp. sarāga.—These three again appear in manifold combns with similar terms, all giving var. shades of the “craving for existence” or “lust of life” (taṇhā etc.), or all that which is an obstacle to nibbāna. Therefore the giving up of rāga is one of the steps towards attaining the desired goal of emancipation (vimutti).—Some of the combns are e.g. the 3 (r. d. m.)+kilesa; +kodha; very often fourfold r. d. m. with māna, these again with diṭṭhi: see in full Nd2 s. v. rāga (p. 237), cp. below ussada.—Of the many passages illustrating the contrast rāga›nibbāna the foll. may be mentioned: chandarāga vinodanaṃ nibbānapadaṃ accutaṃ Sn. 1086; yo rāgakkhayo (etc.): idaṃ vuccati amataṃ S. V, 8; yo rāgakkhayo (etc.): idaṃ vuccati nibbānaṃ S. IV, 251; ye ‘dha pajahanti kāmarāgaṃ bhavararāganu-sayañ ca pahāya ... parinibbāna-gatā Vv 5324; kusalo jahati pāpakaṃ ... rāga dosa-mohakkhayā parinibbuto Ud. 85.—Personified, Rāga (v. l. Ragā), Taṇhā & Arati are called the “daughters of Māra” (Māradhītā): Sn. 835; DhA. III, 199; Nd1 181.—For further detail of meaning & application see e. g.—(1) with dosa & moha: D. I, 79, 156; III, 107, 108, 132; S. I, 184; IV, 139, 195, 250, 305; V, 84, 357 sq.; M. II, 138 (rasa° the excitement of taste); A. I, 52, 156 sq. , 230 sq.; II, 256; III, 169, 451 sq.; IV, 144; It. 56, 57; Vism. 421; VbhA. 268, 269 (sa° & vīta°).—(2) in other connection: D. III, 70, 74, 146, 175, 217, 234 (arūpa°), 249 (cittaṃ pariyādāya tiṭṭhati); S. II, 231=271 (cittaṃ anuddhaṃseti); III, 10; IV, 72, 329; V, 74 (na rāgaṃ jāneti etc.); A. II, 149 (tibba-rāga-jātiko rāgajaṃ dukkhaṃ paṭisaṃvedeti); III, 233, 371 (kāmesu vīta°); IV, 423 (dhamma°); Sn. 2, 74, 139, 270=S. I, 207 (+dosa); Sn. 361, 493, 764, 974, 1046; Dh. 349 (tibba°= bahala-rāga DhA. IV, 68); Ps. I, 80 sq.; II, 37 (rūpa°), 95 (id.); Vbh. 145 sq. (=taṇhā), 368 (=kiñcana), 390; Tikp 155, 167; DA. I, 116.—Opp. virāga.

—aggi the fire of passion D. III, 217; S. IV, 19; It. 92 (r. dahati macce ratte kāmesu mucchite; +dosaggi & mohaggi); J. I, 61 (°imhi nibbute nibbutaṃ nāma hoti). —ânusaya latent bias of passion (for=Dat.) S. IV, 205 (the 3 anusayas: rāga°, paṭigha°, avijjā°); It. 80 (yo subhāya dhātuyā rāgo so padūyati). —ussada conceit of lust, one of the 7 ussadas (r. d. m. , māna, diṭṭhi, kilesa, kamma) Nd1 72. —kkhaya the decay (waning) of p. S. III, 51, 160: IV. 142, 250, 261; V, 8, 16, 25; VbhA. 51 sq. —carita one whose habit is passion, of passionate behaviour Miln. 92; Vism. 105 sq. (in det.), 114 (+dosa°, moha°), 193; KhA 54 (colour of the blood of his heart, cp. Vism. 409) —ṭṭhānīya founded on passion A. I, 264; AA 32. —patha way of lust, lustfulness, passion, sensuality S. IV, 70; Sn. 370, 476 (with expln “rāgo pi hi duggatīnaṃ pathattā rāgapatho ti vuccati” SnA 410). —rati passionate or lustful delight DhA. III, 112; —ratta affected with passion S. I, 136; Sn. 795 (as °rāgin, cp. Nd1 100=kāma-guṇesu ratta). (Page 567)

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

raga (रग).—f ( P Vein &c.) A sinew or tendon. 2 fig. Haughty stiffness, tough conceit, high bearing, opinionativeness. v dhara, bāḷaga, yē. Hence the current phrase raga mōḍaṇēṃ-jiraviṇēṃ-utaraṇēṃ To take the conceit out of; to lower the crest of. 3 Spirit, spunk, pluck, mettle, bottom, enduring vigor. 4 Force or active power (as of disorders in the system, of epidemics, raininess, windiness, or other moods of agencies). Ex. gaḷavācēṃ rakta kāḍhatāñca tyācī raga mōḍalī; mṛgācā pāūsa lāgalā mhaṇajē unhācī raga jirēla; pāvasāḷyācī raga; vāṛyā- cī raga &c. 5 An ache or continued pain (in the trunk, head, limbs, or eyes). v lāga, yē. Hence maṇagaṭālā raga lāvaṇēṃ To grasp the wrist tightly and painfully (i. e. to squeeze or strain or draw hard so as to produce raga or ache). And sāvakārācī raga or dēṇēdārācī raga The dunning, i. e. the pinching and producing of ache, of one's banker or creditor. In this sense kāmācī raga The press of business. v lāva & lāga. See the order or class. of this word under dhamaka.

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rāga (राग).—m S Color, hue, tint. 2 Coloring, painting, dyeing &c.

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rāga (राग).—m (S) Anger, rage, passion. Pr. rāga khāī āpaṇāsa santōṣa khāī dusaṛyāsa Anger masters one's self; pleasantness or placid demeanour captivates others. 2 In Sanskrit the word signifies Mental affection in general, whether anger, or sorrow, joy, love, desire, envy &c. 3 A mode of song or of music. There are six; viz. śrī, vasanta, bhairava, pañcama, mēgha or mēghamalhāra, bṛhanāṭa or naṭanārāyaṇa, according to the Shlok in the treatise saṅgītaratnā- kara (śrīrāgōtha vasantaśca bhairavaḥ pañcamastathā || mēgharāgō bṛhanāṭō ṣaḍaitē puruṣāsmṛtāḥ ||). They are personified in poetry and mythology, and have each six (according to some, five) feminine modifications (likewise personified) termed rāgiṇī. Notwithstanding however, the authority of the above Shlok and that of the saṅgītaratnākara, the popular enumeration of the rāga amounts to some dozens. Without professing to exhaust the department of melody, we present the following Modes distinguished into masculine and feminine personifications, and duly classified under the three divisions of the dhrupada.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

raga (रग).—f A sinew. Fig. Haughty stiffness. Spirit. An ache. Dunning. raga mōḍaṇēṃ- jiraviṇēṃ Lower the crest of, take the conceit out of.

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rāga (राग).—m Anger. Mental affection. A mode of song. Hue. rāga nākāvara asaṇēṃ Have one's anger always ready. rāga mānaṇēṃ Allow one's self to be angry at. rāga yēṇēṃ Conceive anger against or at. rāgānēṃ hiravā piṃvaḷā hōṇēṃ Be livid from rage. rāgēṃ bharūna ghēṇēṃ To bring anger upon one's self. rāgēṃ bharaṇēṃ Be angry.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Rāga (राग).—[rañj-bhāve ghañ ni° nalopakutve]

1) (a) Colouring, dyeing, tinging. (b) Colour, hue, dye; वचस्तत्र प्रयोक्तव्यं यत्रोक्तं लभते फलम् । स्थायीभवति चात्यन्तं रागः शुक्लपटे यथा (vacastatra prayoktavyaṃ yatroktaṃ labhate phalam | sthāyībhavati cātyantaṃ rāgaḥ śuklapaṭe yathā) || Pt.1.33.

2) Red colour, redness; अधरः किसलयरागः (adharaḥ kisalayarāgaḥ) Ś.1.21; Śi.8.15; Ki.16.46.

3) Red dye, red lac; रागेण बालारुणकोमलेन चूतप्रवालोष्ठमलंचकार (rāgeṇa bālāruṇakomalena cūtapravāloṣṭhamalaṃcakāra) Ku.3.3;5.11.

4) Love, passion, affection, amorous or sexual feeling; मलिनेऽपि रागपूर्णाम् (maline'pi rāgapūrṇām) Bv.1.1 (where it means 'redness' also); Śi.17.2; अथ भवन्तमन्तरेण कीदृशोऽस्या दृष्टिरागः (atha bhavantamantareṇa kīdṛśo'syā dṛṣṭirāgaḥ) Ś.2; see चक्षूराग (cakṣūrāga) also; चरणयुगलादिव हृदयमविशद्रागः (caraṇayugalādiva hṛdayamaviśadrāgaḥ) K.142.

5) Feeling, emotion, sympathy, interest.

6) Joy, pleasure.

7) Anger, wrath; निध्वनज्जवहारीभा भेजे रागरसात्तमः (nidhvanajjavahārībhā bheje rāgarasāttamaḥ) Śi. 19.34.

8) Loveliness, beauty.

9) A musical mode or order of sound; (there are six primary Rāgas; bhairavaḥ kauśikaścaiva hindolo dīpakastathā | śrīrāgo megharāgaśca rāgāḥ ṣaḍiti kīrtitāḥ Bharata; other writers give different names. Each rāga has six rāgiṇīs regarded as its consorts, and their union gives rise to several musical modes).

1) Musical harmony, melody; तवास्मि गीतरागेण हारिणा प्रसभं हृतः (tavāsmi gītarāgeṇa hāriṇā prasabhaṃ hṛtaḥ) Ś.1.5; अहो रागपरिवाहिणी गीतिः (aho rāgaparivāhiṇī gītiḥ) Ś.5.

11) Regret, sorrow.

12) Greediness, envy; 'रागस्तु मात्सर्ये लोहिता- दिषु (rāgastu mātsarye lohitā- diṣu)' Medinī.; राजकामस्य मूढस्य रागोपहतचेतसः (rājakāmasya mūḍhasya rāgopahatacetasaḥ) Mb.7.85. 54.

13) The quality called Rajas q. v.

14) Nasalization.

15) A process in the preparation of quicksilver.

16) A king, prince.

17) The sun.

18) The moon.

19) Inflammation.

2) Seasoning, condiment; Mb.4.

Derivable forms: rāgaḥ (रागः).

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Rāgā (रागा).—A sort of grain (Mar. nācaṇī).

See also (synonyms): rāgī.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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