Shringa, Śṛṅga: 17 definitions



Shringa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, the history of ancient India, 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 Śṛṅga can be transliterated into English as Srnga or Shringa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).—Śiva’s special musical instrument. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 88, Verse 8).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).—A mountain three hillocks of jewels, gems and gold.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 113. 68-9.
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग) is a Sanskrit technical term translating to “an animal horn” used for various purposes. In a different context, it can refer to a kind of medicinal or poisonous plant . The term is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. Also see Śārṅga, which means “made of horn”, or, in a different context it means derived or taken from the plant Śṛiṅga (as poison).

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग) refers to “peak” or “summit” of a mountain (giri) according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains [viz., Śṛṅga], jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग):—Sanskrit word for a weapon in connection with Indra, as mentioned in the Vāyu-purāṇa.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग) in the Rigveda and later denotes the ‘horn’ of any sort of animal. Hence the ‘barb’ of the arrow is called its horn in the Atharvaveda.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The Jaina Iconography

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग) refers to the “horn” and represents one of the five Dundubhis (musical instruments) or Pañcamahāśabda (five musical instruments).—(Cf. Prof. Bhandarkar’s “Jaina Iconography” Ind. Ant., 1911, June.)

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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

Śṛṅga.—(EI 14), mentioned in relation to a tank. Note: śṛṅga 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 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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śṛṅga (शृंग).—n (S) A horn. 2 The peak of a mountain: also a crag or projection. 3 A cusp or horn of the moon. 4 fig. An irritating or galling point (as insisted on or adduced to provoke a quarrel &c.)

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

śṛṅga (शृंग).—n A horn. The peak of a mountain, a crag. Fig. A calling point.

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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

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).—[śṝ-gan pṛṣo° mum hrasvaśca Uṇ.1.123]

1) A horn; वन्यैरिदानीं महिषैस्तदम्भः शृङ्गाहतं क्रोशति दीर्घिकाणाम् (vanyairidānīṃ mahiṣaistadambhaḥ śṛṅgāhataṃ krośati dīrghikāṇām) R.16.13; गाहन्तां महिषां निपानसलिलं शृङ्गैर्मुहुस्ताडितम् (gāhantāṃ mahiṣāṃ nipānasalilaṃ śṛṅgairmuhustāḍitam) Ś.2.6.

2) The top or summit of a mountain; अद्रेः शृङ्गं हरति पवनः किंस्विदित्युन्मुखीभिः (adreḥ śṛṅgaṃ harati pavanaḥ kiṃsvidityunmukhībhiḥ) Me.14,54.; Ki.5.42; R.13.26.

3) The top of a building, turret.

4) Elevation, height; रक्षो- लोकस्य सर्वस्य कः शृङ्गं छेत्तुमिच्छति (rakṣo- lokasya sarvasya kaḥ śṛṅgaṃ chettumicchati) Rām.3.31.43.

5) Lordship, sovereignty, supremacy, eminence; शृङ्गं स दृप्तविनयाधिकृतः परेषामत्युच्छ्रितं न ममृषे न तु दीर्धमायुः (śṛṅgaṃ sa dṛptavinayādhikṛtaḥ pareṣāmatyucchritaṃ na mamṛṣe na tu dīrdhamāyuḥ) R.9.62 (where the word means a 'horn' also).

6) A cusp or horn of the moon.

7) Any peak, point or projection in general.

8) A horn (of a buffalo &c.) used for blowing.

9) A syringe; वर्णोदकैः काञ्चनशृङ्गमुक्तैः (varṇodakaiḥ kāñcanaśṛṅgamuktaiḥ) R.16.7.

1) Excess of love, rising of desire.

11) A mark, sign.

12) A lotus.

13) A fountain of water.

14) Pride, selfrespect; अवाप्य पृथिवीं कृत्स्नां न ते शृङ्गमवर्धत (avāpya pṛthivīṃ kṛtsnāṃ na te śṛṅgamavardhata) Mb.3.3.1 (com. śṛṅgaṃ prabhutvābhimānaḥ).

15) The stick (kāṇḍa) of an arrow with a horn-like knob; शृङ्गमग्निर्बभूवास्य भल्लः सोमो विशांपते (śṛṅgamagnirbabhūvāsya bhallaḥ somo viśāṃpate) Mb.8.34.18.

16) A particular military array; Mb.6.

17) The female breast.

Derivable forms: śṛṅgam (शृङ्गम्).

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

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).—n.

(-ṅgaṃ) 1. A horn. 2. A mark, a sign. 3. The top of a mountain. 4. The summit of a building. 5. Any point or projection. 6. A horn of the moon. 7. A horn used as a wind-instrument. 8. Sovereignty, mastership. 9. Dignity, elevation. 10. A fountain, an artificial one or jet d'eau. 11. A lotus. 12. Very sharp. 13. Minutely fine. 14. Excess of love. m.

(-ṅgaḥ) 1. A medicinal root, commonly Jivaka. 2. A Muni so named. f. (-ṅgī) 1. Gold. 2. A fish, (Silurus Singio, Ham.) 3. A plant (Betula.) 4. Rishabha, a medicinal root, sharped like a bull’s horn. 5. Another plant, a kind of Rhus, with an excrescence or gall in the bark, compared to a crab’s horn. E. śṝ to injure, Unadi aff. gan, and the vowel made short.

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

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).—probably śara + m-ga (cf. śṛ10), I. n. 1. A horn, [Pañcatantra] 9, 7; a horn-like vessel, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 16, 70. 2. The top of a mountain, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 2, 77; [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 188, 21 (udaya -acala-indra-padmarāga-śṛṅga-kalpā, As if it [viz. the sun] was the ruby top of the mountain Udaya); summit of a building, [Pañcatantra] 10, 8. 3. Height, dignity. 4. Sovereignty. 5. A mark. 6. A lotus. 7. An artificial fountain. Ii. f. . 1. A fish, a sort of silurus. 2. A sort of drug. 3. A sort of gold used for making trinkets.

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

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग).—[neuter] (adj. —° [feminine] ā & ī) horn (of every kind), tusk of an elephant, syringe, peak of a mountain, turret of a temple or palace; top, point i.[grammar], also [figuratively] the best of its kind.

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

1) Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग):—n. (perhaps connected with śiras, śīrṣan; ifc. f(ā or ī). ) the horn of an animal, a horn used for various purposes (as in drinking, for blowing, drawing blood from the skin etc.), [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

2) the tusk of an elephant, [Rāmāyaṇa; Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

3) the top or summit of a mountain, a peak, crag, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc.

4) the summit of a building, pinnacle, turret, [ib.]

5) any peak or projection or lofty object, elevation, point, end, extremity, [Atharva-veda; Kumāra-sambhava; Gīta-govinda]

6) a cusp or horn of the moon, [Rāmāyaṇa; Harivaṃśa; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

7) highest point, acme, height or perfection of anything, [Harivaṃśa 6424]

8) the horn as a symbol of self reliance or strength or haughtiness, [Raghuvaṃśa]

9) the rising of desire, excess of love or passion (cf. śṛṅgāra), [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

10) a [particular] military array in the form of a horn or crescent, [Mahābhārata vi, 2413]

11) a syringe, water-engine, [Raghuvaṃśa; Śiśupāla-vadha]

12) the female breast, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

13) a lotus, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) Agallochum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

15) a mark, token, sign, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

16) = śaśaśṛṅga, ‘hare’s horn’, anything impossible or extra ordinary, [Kusumāñjali]

17) m. a kind of medicinal or poisonous plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

18) Name of a Muni (of whom, in some parts of India, on occasions of drought, earthen images are said to be made and worshipped for rain), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

19) cf. [Latin] cornu; [Gothic] háurn; [German], [English] horn.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Śṛṅga (शृङ्ग):—

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