Romaharshana, Romaharṣaṇa, Roman-harshana: 12 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Romaharṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Romaharsana or Romaharshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Romaharshana in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण) or Lomaharṣaṇa is one of the five disciples of Vyāsa, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.1.—Accordingly, “O Romaharṣaṇa, the omniscient, by thy weighty fortune, the entire Purāṇic lore, pregnant in its meaningful content, has been secured by thee from Vyāsa. Hence thou art the receptacle of wonder-inspiring stories, even as the vast ocean is the storehouse of gems of great worth. There is nothing in the three worlds that is not known to thee, of the past, present and the future. It is our great fortune that thou thyself hast come to pay a visit to us. Hence it is not proper on thy part to return without doing us a favour”.

Note: Romaharṣaṇa was one of the five disciples (the other four being Paila, Vaiśampāyana, Jaimini and Sumantu) to whom Vyāsa taught the Purāna which he constructed out of ancient material. Pargiter: ‘Ancient Indian Historical Tradition’ (Pargiter). Ch. 11.

2) Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण) refers to “hair that stands erect”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.30. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] while the sage Bhṛgu was pouring the offerings, thousands of powerful demons—Ṛbhus rose up. O excellent sage, a terrible fight ensued between Śiva’s attendants and the demons who had firebrands for their weapons. Their hair stood on end (romaharṣaṇa) when people heard the uproar. The attendants were killed by the Ṛbhus of powerful valour and favoured with Brahminical splendour. They were forced to run without difficulty”.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण).—A famous disciple of Vyāsa. The great Vyāsa gave the collection of Purāṇas to Romaharṣaṇa. Sumati, Agnivarcas, Mitrāyus, Śāṃśapāyana, Akṛtavraṇa and Sāvarṇi were the six disciples of Romaharṣaṇa. (See under Guruparamparā).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण).—A pupil of Vyāsa in charge of ItihāsaPurāṇa, and father of Sūta. Himself a sage and Sūta. Adopted as Brahmā by the sages in their yajña at Naimiṣa; also Lomaharṣaṇa (s.v.); killed by Balarāma for his failure to honour him by rising from his seat.1 His was the mūlasamhitā; adept in ākhyāna narrated royal genealogies.2 Had six disciples.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 4. 22; X. 78. 22-30, 36; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 1. 18. II. 16. 3; 22. 2; 24. 1; Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 2-3; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 10.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa I. 1. 14; II. 34. 13-16; 35. 68; III. 59. 3; IV. 4. 8.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 6. 16.
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Romaharshana in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण) refers to “standing erect” (i.e., of the hairs of one’s body), according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Nāga-kings said to Bhagavān], “O Bhagavān, we are destroyed and burnt, our bodies are set on fire. The hairs of our bodies are bristling and standing erect (romaharṣaṇa). O Bhagavān, extremely dreadful mantrapadas have been uttered, greatly fierce and dangerous ones. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण).—a. causing thrill or horripilation, thrilling, awe-inspiring; एतानि खलु सर्वभूतरो (etāni khalu sarvabhūtaro) (lo) महर्षणानि दीर्घारण्यानि (maharṣaṇāni dīrghāraṇyāni) Uttararāmacarita 2; संवादमिम- मश्रौषमद्भुतं रोमहर्षणम् (saṃvādamima- maśrauṣamadbhutaṃ romaharṣaṇam) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 18.74.

-ṇaḥ Name of Sūta, a pupil of Vyāsa who narrated several Purāṇas to Śaunaka.

-ṇam erection of hair on the body, thrill.

Romaharṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms roman and harṣaṇa (हर्षण).

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

Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) Horripilation, erection or rigidity of the hair of the body, conceived to be occasioned by and to express exquisite delight. m.

(-ṇaḥ) 1. Suta, the pupil of Vyasa, and supposed narrator of the events recorded in the Puranas. 2. Beleric myrobalan. E. roma the hair, and harṣaṇa delighting.

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

Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण).—I. adj. causing the hair to stand erect, terrible, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 30, 17. Ii. n. horripilation, caused by pleasure. Lomaharṣaṇa, i. e.

Romaharṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms roman and harṣaṇa (हर्षण).

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

1) Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण):—[=roma-harṣaṇa] [from roma > roman] mfn. causing the h° to bristle or stand erect (through excessive joy or terror), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] m. Terminalia Bellerica (the nuts of which are used as dice), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of Sūta (the pupil of Vyāsa and supposed narrator of the Purāṇas), [Purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of the father of Sūta, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] n. = -harṣa above, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Romaharṣaṇa (रोमहर्षण):—[roma-harṣaṇa] (ṇaṃ) 1. n. Idem; Suta, a pupil of Vyāsa; beleric myrobalan. a. Horrifying; ecstatic.

[Sanskrit to German]

Romaharshana 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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

Rōmaharṣaṇa (ರೋಮಹರ್ಷಣ):—[adjective] = ರೋಮಾಂಚಕಾರಿ [romamcakari]1.

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Rōmaharṣaṇa (ರೋಮಹರ್ಷಣ):—[noun] = ರೋಮಾಂಚನ [romamcana].

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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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