Shailusha, aka: Śailūṣa, Sailusha; 7 Definition(s)


Shailusha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 term Śailūṣa can be transliterated into English as Sailusa or Shailusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Śailūṣa (शैलूष) is a Sanskrit word referring to “one who makes a living by dancing”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 4.214)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Śailūṣa (शैलूष) is defined in the Adipurāṇa as “an actor who is looking out for a living”. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 4.214)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śailūṣa (शैलूष).—A Gandharva. A class of Gandharvas is also known as "Śailūsas". Some references found in the Purāṇas concerning Śailūṣas are given below:—

(i) Śrī Rāma sent Bharata and completely destroyed the class of Gandharvas called Śailūṣas who were causing trouble on the shore of the eastern ocean. (Kamba Rāmāyaṇa, Uttara Kāṇḍa).

(ii) During the reign of Śrī Rāma, as ordered by him, Bharata killed with his shower of arrows, the wicked Gandharva named Śailūṣa and his three crores of sons who lived on the banks of the river Sindhu. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 11).

(iii) Rāvaṇa’s brother, Vibhīṣaṇa had married Saramā the daughter of a Śailūṣa Gandharva. (Uttara Rāmāyaṇa).

(iv) The Gandharva named Śailūṣa serves Kubera and remains in Kubera’s assembly. (Mahābhārata Sabhā Parva, Chapter 10, Verse 26).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śailūsa (शैलूस).—A tribe.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 7. 19.
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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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śailūṣa (शैलूष).—m S A tumbler, ropedancer &c.: also a performer or actor generally.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

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Śailūṣa (शैलूष).—[śilūṣasya apatyam aṇ Tv.]

1) An actor, a dancer; शैलूषतुन्नवायान्नं कृतघ्नस्यान्नमेव च (śailūṣatunnavāyānnaṃ kṛtaghnasyānnameva ca) Ms.4.214; आः शैलूषाप- सद (āḥ śailūṣāpa- sada) Ve.1; एते पुरुषाः सर्वमेव शैलूषजनं व्याहरन्ति (ete puruṣāḥ sarvameva śailūṣajanaṃ vyāharanti) ibid; अवाप्य शैलूष इवैष भूमिकाम् (avāpya śailūṣa ivaiṣa bhūmikām) Śi.1.69.

2) A musician, leader of a band.

3) One who beats time at a concert.

4) A rogue.

5) The Bilva tree.

-ṣī An actress, female dancer; अकालज्ञाऽसि सैरन्ध्रि शैलूषीव विरोदिषि (akālajñā'si sairandhri śailūṣīva virodiṣi) Mb.4.16.43.

Derivable forms: śailūṣaḥ (शैलूषः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śailūṣa (शैलूष).—m.

(-ṣaḥ) 1. An actor, a dancer, a tumbler, &c. 2. A rogue, a cheat. 3. The master of the band, or one who beats time. 4. The Bel-tree, (Ægle marmelos.) E. śilūṣa one of the early teachers of the arts of acting, &c., aṇ aff. of descent.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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