Sahasa, Sahasā, Sāhasa: 23 definitions


Sahasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Sahsa.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Sahasa (सहस).—The tutelary deity of Pākayajnas; father of Adbhuta.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 40.

1b) Of the south.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 130.
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Sāhasa (साहस, “rashness”) refers to one of the twenty-one sandhyantara, or “distinct characteristics of segments (sandhi)” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. The segments are divisions of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic play (nāṭaka) and consist of sixty-four limbs, known collectively as the sandhyaṅga.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya

1) Sāhasa (साहस) possibly refers to “punishing the guiltless with imprisonment” (and so forth), according to the Manusmṛti 7.50. Accordingly, “[...] tale-bearing (paiśunya), Treachery (droha?), Envy (īrṣya), Slandering (sāhasa?), Misappropriation of property (arthadūṣaṇa), Cruelty of speech (vāgdaṇḍa) and of Assault (pāruṣya);—these constitute the eightfold set born of Anger. [...] in the set born of anger (krodhaja),—Assault (daṇḍapātana), Cruelty of speech (vākpāruṣya) and Misappropriation of property (arthadūṣaṇa),—are to be regarded as the three most pernicious (kaṣṭatama)”.

2) Sāhasa (साहस) refers to “robbery”, or “violence”, and is commonly classified as one of the eighteen vyavahārapada, or “law titles” in the ancient Dharmaśāstras. These vyavahārapadas are categories of ‘legal procedures’ and define a major type of crime for which a person may be tried. The term is derived from vyavahāra (“lawsuits” or “case”) which defines the case between the plaintiff and the defendant, which is often related to social and commercial transactions.

Sāhasa is mentioned in the following sources as one of the eighteen vyavahārapadas: the Manusmṛti (8.4-7).

3) Sāhasa (साहस, “robbery”).—When a thing is taken away forcibly, in the presence of watchmen, it is sāhasa (‘robbery’), as opposed to steya (‘theft’). (Also see the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.332)

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Sports, Arts and Entertainment (wordly enjoyments)

Source: Syainika Sastra of Rudradeva with English Translation (art)

1) Sāhasa (साहस) refers to “rashness”, and represents one of the eighteen Addictions or Vices (vyasana) which are to be practised within proper bounds for the delight of the enjoyments of the world, according to the Śyainika-śāstra: a Sanskrit treatise dealing with the divisions and benefits of Hunting and Hawking, written by Rājā Rudradeva (or Candradeva) in possibly the 13th century.—Accordingly, “[...] It has been said that there are eighteen addictions. These are the outcome of the desire for earthly enjovments. [...] Rashness (sāhasa) includes any deed in which there is a risk of life. In dangers and difficulties it leads to glory, but on other occasions, it is ridiculous. [...]”.

2) Sāhasa (साहस) refers to the “courage” (of a particular class of Hawk), according to the Śyainika-śāstra.—Accordingly, [while discussing the training of hawks]: “[...] Of the two classes, the females are more important in respect of their make, courage (sāhasa), value and their style of flying. Vaja and others being pre-eminent are spoken of in the masculine”.

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This section covers the skills and profiencies of the Kalas (“performing arts”) and Shastras (“sciences”) involving ancient Indian traditions of sports, games, arts, entertainment, love-making and other means of wordly enjoyments. Traditionally these topics were dealt with in Sanskrit treatises explaing the philosophy and the justification of enjoying the pleasures of the senses.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Sāhasa (साहस) or Sāhasagati is the son of Vidyādhara-king Cakrāṅka, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.2 [Rāvaṇa’s expedition of conquest] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, “Now, in the city Jyotiḥpura on Mt. Vaitāḍhya there was a Vidyādhara-lord, Jvalanaśikha. He had a beautiful queen, Śrīmatī, and by her a bright-eyed daughter, Tārā. One day Sāhasagati, the son of Cakrāṅka, a Vidyādhara-king, saw her and was immediately wounded by love. Sāhasagati asked Jvalana for her through agents and also Sugrīva, king of the Vānaras (asked for her). For many seek a jewel. [...]”.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

Sahasā (सहसा).—One of the four types of nikṣepa (‘placing’);—What is meant placing quickly (sahasā-nikṣepa)? To place an object quickly on the floor due to fear or urgency to undertake another activity is called quick placing.

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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 geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Sāhasa.—(CII 4), a violent crime. Note: sāhasa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sahasā : (adv.) suddenly; forcibly. || sāhasa (nt.), violence; arbitrary action.

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

Sahasā, (adv.) (Instr. of sahas (Vedic), force) forcibly, hastily, suddenly Sn. 123; DhA. III, 381; PvA. 40, 279; inconsiderately J. I, 173; III, 441. —°kāra violence D. I, 5; III, 176; A. II, 209; Pug. 58; J. IV, 11; DA. I, 80. (Page 701)

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Sāhasa, (fr. sahas power) violent, hasty Sn. 329; (nt.) violence, arbitrary action, acts of violence Sn. 943; J. VI, 284; Mhvs 6, 39; sāhasena arbitrarily A. V, 177; opp. a° ibid.; Dh. 257; J. VI, 280. sāhasaṃ id. J. VI, 358 (=sāhasena sāhasikaṃ kammaṃ katvā ibid. 359); adv. asāhasaṃ=asāhasena J. III, 319 (C. sāhasiyataṇhāya ibid. 320, if we do not have to read sāhasiyā taṇhāya, from sāhasī).

—kiriyā violence J. III, 321. (Page 707)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sahasā (सहसा).—ad (S) Hastily, precipitately, inconsiderately, unpausingly, with impatient and headlong quickness. Note. The above is the meaning, but as the construction is invariably negative, the word together with its concomitant negative particle acquires, in the popular apprehension, the sense of Never, by no means, on no account or consideration; and the applications accordingly are those of kimapi, kadāpi, kadhīṃ, sarvātmanā &c. Ex. hēṃ kāma mī sa0 karaṇāra nāhīṃ; tō sa0 tujhē gharīṃ yāyācā nāhīṃ.

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sāhasa (साहस).—n (S) Violence, furiousness, recklessness, desperate or wild daring. This is among the six excellencies or qualifications of a warrior; viz. udyama, sāhasa, dhairya bala, śakti, parākrama. 2 Any desperate, daring, phrenzied, heart-harrowing act; a deed in general of furiousness or violence. Ex. sāhasa kēlyāvāñcūna lakṣmī miḷata nāhīṃ Fortes fortuna adjuvat.

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

sahasā (सहसा).—ad Hastily; never, by no means.

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sāhasa (साहस).—n Violence; wild daring; any desperate act.

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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

Sahasā (सहसा).—ind.

1) With force, forcibly.

2) Rashly, precipitately, inconsiderately; सहसा विदधीत न क्रियामविवेकः परमापदां पदम् (sahasā vidadhīta na kriyāmavivekaḥ paramāpadāṃ padam) Kirātārjunīya 2.3.

3) Suddenly, all at once; मातङ्ग- नकैः सहसोत्पतद्भिः (mātaṅga- nakaiḥ sahasotpatadbhiḥ) R.13.11.

4) With a smile, smiling.

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Sāhasa (साहस).—[sahasā balena nirvṛttam aṇ]

1) Violence, force; rapine; पैशून्यं साहसं द्रोहं ईर्ष्यासूयार्थदूषणम् । वाग्दण्डजं च पारुष्यं क्रोधजोीऽपि गणोऽष्टकः (paiśūnyaṃ sāhasaṃ drohaṃ īrṣyāsūyārthadūṣaṇam | vāgdaṇḍajaṃ ca pāruṣyaṃ krodhajoी'pi gaṇo'ṣṭakaḥ) || Manusmṛti 7.48.

2) Any criminal act (such as robbery, rape, felony &c.), a heinous crime, an aggressive act.

3) Cruelty, oppression; न सहास्मि साहसमसाहसिकी (na sahāsmi sāhasamasāhasikī) Śiśupālavadha 9.59.

4) Boldness, daring, daring courage; साहसे श्रीः प्रतिवसति (sāhase śrīḥ prativasati) Mṛcchakaṭika 4.

5) Precipitation, rashness, temerity, an inconsiderate or reckless act, a rash or daring act; तदपि साहसाभासम् (tadapi sāhasābhāsam) Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 2; किमपरमतो निर्व्यूढं यत् करार्पणसाहसम् (kimaparamato nirvyūḍhaṃ yat karārpaṇasāhasam) 9.1; Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.191; Kirātārjunīya 17.42.

6) Punishment, chastisement, fine (m. also in this sense); पणानां द्वे शते सार्धे प्रथमः साहसः स्मृतः (paṇānāṃ dve śate sārdhe prathamaḥ sāhasaḥ smṛtaḥ) Manusmṛti 8.138,276; Y. 1.66,365.

Derivable forms: sāhasam (साहसम्).

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

Sahasā (सहसा).—Ind. Quickly, precipitately, inconsiderately, without consideration or pause. E. ṣah to bear, asā aff.; or saha + so-ḍā .

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Sāhasa (साहस).—n.

(-saṃ) 1. Punishment, chastisement, fine, (also masculine in this sense.) 2. Violence, the perpetration of any act of rapine or aggression. 3. Oppression, cruelty. 4. Hatred. 5. Rape, ravishment. 6. Boldness, daring. 7. Rashness. 8. Oblation with fire. E. sahas strength, aṇ aff.

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

Sāhasa (साहस).—i. e. sahas + a, n. (and m., [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 138), 1. Violence, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8. 345. 2. Oppression, cruelty, [Śiśupālavadha] 8, 59. 3. Punishment, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 120. 4. Rape, ravishment. 5. Hatred. 6. Boldness, daring, [Hitopadeśa] ii. [distich] 3; [Pañcatantra] 135, 8; courage, [Mālatīmādhava, (ed. Calc.)] 75, 12. 7. Rashness, [Hitopadeśa] iii. [distich] 115; [Hitopadeśa] 100, 3. 8. Suicide, [Pañcatantra] 135, 6; [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 189, 7.

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Sahāsa (सहास).—adj. smiling, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 66, 5; ºsam, adv. scornfully, [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 136, 1.

Sahāsa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sa and hāsa (हास).

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

Sahāsa (सहास).—[adjective] laughing or smiling; [neuter] [adverb]

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Sāhasa (साहस).—[adjective] rash, inconsiderate. [masculine] [neuter] punishment, fine; [neuter] violence, rashness, temerity.

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

1) Sahasā (सहसा):—[from sahas > sah] a ind.

2) [from sah] b ([instrumental case] of sahas), forcibly, vehemently, suddenly, quickly, precipitately, immediately, at once, unexpectedly, at random, fortuitously, in an unpremeditated manner, inconsiderately (with [instrumental case] ‘together with’).

3) Sahasa (सहस):—[=sa-hasa] [from sa > sahaṃsa-pāta] mf(ā)n. having laughter, laughing, smiling, [Śiśupāla-vadha vi, 57.]

4) Sahāsa (सहास):—[=sa-hāsa] [from sa > sahaṃsa-pāta] mf(ā)n. accompanied with a laugh, laughing (am ind.), [Śiśupāla-vadha; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

5) Sāhasa (साहस):—mfn. ([from] sahas) over-hasty, precipitate, rash, inconsiderate, foolhardy, [Harivaṃśa]

6) m. Name of Agni at the Pāka-yajña, [Gṛhyāsaṃgraha]

7) m. n. punishment, fine (regarded as of three kinds, the highest being called Uttama; half of that, Madhyama; and half of that, Adhama), [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya] etc.

8) n. (ifc. f(ā). ) boldness, daring, rashness, temerity, any precipitate or reckless act, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

9) n. overstraining, [Caraka]

10) violence, force, rapine, rape, robbery, felony, aggression, cruelty, [Gautama-dharma-śāstra; Āpastamba; Nārada-smṛti, nāradīya-dharma-śāstra]

11) adultery, [Nārada-smṛti, nāradīya-dharma-śāstra]

12) hatred, enmity, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

1) Sahasā (सहसा):—adv. Quickly, precipitately.

2) Sāhasa (साहस):—(saṃ) 1. n. Daring; violence; hatred; rape; punishment; oblation with fire.

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

Sahasā (सहसा) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Sahasā, Sāhasa.

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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

1) Sahasā (सहसा) [Also spelled sahsa]:—(ind) suddenly, all of a sudden; unexpectedly; —[viplava] coup de main; —[śāsana-parivartana] coup d'etat.

2) Sāhasa (साहस) [Also spelled sahas]:—(nm) courage, nerve, guts; boldness, daring; enterprise; ~[sika] daring, bold, courageous; •[kārya] adventure, daring deed; ~[] courageous; enterprising, adventurous; ~[sa chūṭanā] one’s courage to give way; —[sa dikhānā] to put up a bold face, to act boldly; ~[sa baṭoranā] to muster/pluck up courage, to take heart of grace.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Sahasā (सहसा) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Sahasā.

2) Sāhasa (साहस) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Sāhasa.

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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

Sahasa (ಸಹಸ):—[adjective] having, showing boldness; bold; daring; courageous.

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Sahasa (ಸಹಸ):—

1) [noun] courage and fortitude; brave attitude.

2) [noun] a brave, courageous man.

3) [noun] Mārgaśira, the ninth month in the Hindu lunar calendar.

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Sahasā (ಸಹಸಾ):—

1) [adverb] quickly; swiftly.

2) [adverb] vehemently; strongly.

3) [adverb] suddenly; all of a sudden.

4) [adverb] generally; commonly.

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Sāhasa (ಸಾಹಸ):—

1) [noun] marked courage; valour; heroism.

2) [noun] the quality of being brave; bravery.

3) [noun] a daring undertaking; an adventure.

4) [noun] a cruel action, behaviour, treatment, etc.; cruelty.

5) [noun] atrocious action as looting, plunder, etc.

6) [noun] the quality of acting recklessly, rashly, impetuously; foolhardiness; impetuosity.

7) [noun] the quality of being vehement; ardour; vehemence.

8) [noun] a punishing or being punished; punishment.

9) [noun] a penalty inflicted for an offense, fault, etc.; punishment.

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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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Nepali dictionary

Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

1) Sahasā (सहसा):—adv. 1. suddenly; 2. hastily; 3. unexpectedly; surprisingly;

2) Sāhasa (साहस):—n. 1. courage; boldness; never; 2. daring; enterprise; 3. spirit; valor; 4. criminal act; a heinous crime; an aggressive act;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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