Shubhalakshana, Śubhalakṣaṇa: 7 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Śubhalakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Subhalaksana or Shubhalakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Śubhalakṣaṇa (शुभलक्षण) refers to an “auspicious marriage”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.19 (“Gaṇapati’s marriage”).—Accordingly, as Śiva and Pārvatī said to their sons: “O good sons, we have framed the rules conducive to your happiness. Listen lovingly. We shall tell you the truth. Both of you are good sons and equal in our eyes. There is no difference. Hence a condition that is beneficial to both of you has been made. The auspicious marriage (śubhalakṣaṇa) [vivāhaḥ śubhalakṣaṇaḥ] will be celebrated of that boy who comes here first after going round the entire earth”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Śubhalakṣaṇa (शुभलक्षण).—Born of Pulaha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 179.

1b) (of horses) devasvastika, devapadmam, devamaṇi, phalaśukti, śvetaśukti, puṣpagaṇḍika, svastika śukti, gaḍura.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 16. 21-22.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Pt. Sanjay Rath: Bṛhaspati Kavacha Mantra

Śubhalakṣaṇa (शुभलक्षण) refers to one of the 18 names of Jupiter (Bṛhaspati) according to the Bṛhaspati-kavaca-mantra from the Brahmayāmalatantra. In jyotiṣa there is a saying that when Jupiter protects there is none that can destroy. The eighteen names of Jupiter (viz., Śubhalakṣaṇa) relate to eighteen body parts starting from the top of head (śiras). One method uses this formula: Each name associates with two drekkāṇa reckoned from lagna in the horoscope.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: University of Vienna: Sudarśana's Worship at the Royal Court According to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā

Śubhalakṣaṇa (शुभलक्षण) refers to the “mark of auspiciousness”, according to the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, belonging to the Pāñcarātra tradition which deals with theology, rituals, iconography, narrative mythology and others.—Accordingly, “[This rite] should be employed by utterly glorious Sovereigns when they are in distress—[for this rite] removes the three kinds of sorrow which begin with the one relating to oneself; causes the destruction of all afflictions; is marked by auspiciousness (śubhalakṣaṇa); destroys all enemies; pacifies (i.e. removes unwanted consequences of ritual mistakes etc.); is the cause of triumph; kills the Demons; brings about prosperities; subdues all; bestows the longest of lives; is meritorious; [and] was perfomed by ancient Kings”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Śubhalakṣaṇa (शुभलक्षण) refers to “that place which has beautiful features” (and is thus suitable for Yogic practice), according to the Jayākhyasaṃhitā.—The Amanaska’s description of the ideal place in which to practise Yoga is based on four standard characteristics; it should be isolated, solitary, clean and beautiful. Similar descriptions are found in Tantric traditions. [...] The Jayākhyasaṃhitā (33.1) advises the Vaiṣṇava Yogin to practise in a place that is very secret, solitary, free from extremes (such as warmth and cold, wet and dry, light and dark, etc.) and has beautiful features (śubhalakṣaṇa).

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Śubhalakṣaṇa (शुभलक्षण).—[adjective] having lucky marks.

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

Śubhalakṣaṇa (शुभलक्षण):—[=śubha-lakṣaṇa] [from śubha > śubh] mf(ā)n. having auspicious marks, characterized by auspiciousness, [Kāvya literature; Kathāsaritsāgara]

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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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