Shuddha, aka: Śuddhā, Śuddha, Suddha; 20 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śuddhā and Śuddha can be transliterated into English as Suddha or Shuddha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Shuddha in Purana glossary... « previous · [S] · next »

Śuddha (शुद्ध):—Son of Anenā (son of Āyu). He had a son called Śuci. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.7.11)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Śuddha (शुद्ध).—A King of the Bhṛgu dynasty. Bhāgavata, 9th Skandha mentions that he was the son of Anenas and Sūci’s father.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1a) Śuddha (शुद्ध).—A son of Anenas, and father of Śuci.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 17. 11.

1b) A son of Bhautya Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1. 114.

1c) A son of Kauśika in previous birth, born as Cakravāha in Mānasa.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 20. 18.

1d) A pure man is rid of his bondage by satva; from the state of nirañjana or separation, looks upon all equally.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 102. 66, 80, 118.

1e) A sage of the epoch of the fourteenth Manu.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 13. 34.

2) Suddha (सुद्ध).—A Janapada of the Bhadrā country.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 43. 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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Śuddha (शुद्ध) refers to the “pure”, as in, the opposite of impure (aśuddha). It is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti and the Baudhāyana-dharmasūtra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Śuddhā (शुद्धा) refers to one of the eighteen jātis: rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “the playing of drums which consists of karaṇas of one or of two syllables, and which is fit to be used in all movements (lit. work), is called Śuddhā. The jāti consisting of kho kho khaṃ khaṃ khaṃ khaṃ is called Śuddhā; it is the jāti for the action of the middling and superior women”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Śuddha (शुद्ध) refers to one of the two types of Sandeha (doubt): a type of Alaṃkāra (figure of speech).—Śuddha is when the sentence ends with doubt. According to the author of the Sāhityadarpaṇa, when an object, under discussion is poetically suspected to be something else, it is called Sandeha or doubt.

Source: Shodhganga: Mankhaka a sanskrit literary genius (natya)

Śuddha (शुद्ध) refers to one of the three types of the “sentiment of disgustful” (bībhatsarasa) as defined by Cirañjīva Bhaṭṭācārya (fl. 17th century) and Bharata in his Nāṭyaśāstra.Though Cirañjīva has not said anything about the varieties of bībhatsa-rasa, Bharata, the author of Nāṭyaśāstra, has mentioned, three kinds of bībhatsa. These are—kṣobhaja, śuddha and udvegī.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., 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) and poetic works (kavya).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Śuddha (शुद्ध).—Pure, unmixed; the term is used (1) in connection with a vowel which is not nasalized (अनुनासिक (anunāsika)); cf. भाव्यमानेन सवर्णानां ग्रहणं नेति शुद्धो-यमुच्चार्यते (bhāvyamānena savarṇānāṃ grahaṇaṃ neti śuddho-yamuccāryate), Kas. on P. VII.1.85; as also, (2) in connection with words which are used in their primary sense and not in any secondary sense: cf. शुद्धानां पठितानां संज्ञा कर्तव्या (śuddhānāṃ paṭhitānāṃ saṃjñā kartavyā) ; संज्ञोपसर्जनीभूतानि न सर्वादीनि (saṃjñopasarjanībhūtāni na sarvādīni) M.Bh. on P.I.1.27 Vart. 3.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Śuddha (शुद्ध) or Śuddhāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Sahasrāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Śuddha Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Sahasra-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Śuddha (शुद्ध) or Śuddhāgama also refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Vātulāgama.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva

Śuddha (शुद्ध) or Śuddhapūjā refers to a classification of pūjā (ritualistic worship) according to the  Ajitāgama (20.19).—The Āgamas have several different classifications of nityapūjā (daily worship), based on the number of offerings, frequency, time duration and so on. The nomenclature also varies between Āgamas. The essence however is similar. Ajitāgama has a different nomenclature and classifies pūjā into śuddha, miśra and saṅkīrṇa. That which ends with havis or naivedya is termed śuddha. That which ends with nityotsava is termed miśra. That which ends with śuddhanṛtta is termed saṅkīrṇa.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

M (Purity).

Source: Dhamma Dana: Pali English Glossary
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Śuddhā (शुद्धा) is one of the four daughters of Siṃhahana: an ancient king of the solar clan (āditagotra or sūryavaṃśa) according to the Mūlasarvāstivādin Vinaya mentioned in a footnote in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VI). The Mūlasarvāstivādin Vinaya attributes four sons and four daughters to Siṃhahana: Śuddhodana, Śuklodana, Droṇodana, Amṛtodana, Śuddhā, Śuklā, Droṇā, Amṛtā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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India history and geogprahy

Śuddhā (शुद्धा) is the name of a river mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa that remains unidentified. (Supra, s.v. Sarasvatī.)

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study (history)
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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

Pali-English dictionary

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suddha : (pp. of sujjhati) become clean or pure.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Suddha, (pp. of sujjhati) 1. clean, pure, Vin. I, 16; II, 152; D. I, 110; Sn. 476.—2. purified, pure of heart M. I, 39; Dh. 125, 412; Sn. 90 — 3. simple, mere, unmixed, nothing but S. I, 135; DhsA. 72; J. II, 252 (°daṇḍaka just the stick).

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

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śuddha (शुद्ध).—p (S) Free from all filth or defilement; clean, pure, holy. 2 That has undergone any ceremony or process of purification; purified, sanctified, cleansed. 3 Freed or free from fault or error; correct, accurate, right, good;--used of persons, writing, speech, conduct, act. 4 Alone, unaccompanied, unconnected, simple. Ex. kāndā bhakṣūṃ nayē asā ēka niṣēdha kēlā asalā mhaṇajē śuddhācā niṣēdha sarva jātīvara jāīla. 5 Mere, pure, only. Ex. hē śuddha vaidika hyāṃsa śāstrārtha kāya kaḷē? 6 Light, bright, white;--used of the waxing half of the month or of any lunar day in it. 7 Right, good, free from any inauspiciousness or evil bodings; also pure, or fit for holy rites and acts;--used of signs, planets, lunar days &c. 8 In the sense of Right or proper it enters freely into comp. as ākāraśuddha Of the proper or suitable form or shape; ācāraśuddha Of correct and becoming conduct or deportment; kaḷapaśuddha, pāyāśuddha, śāḷāśuddha, sampradāyaśuddha. Of these compounds some will be found in order. 9 Sound, healthy, whole, well. Ex. nasatēci caṭakē lāvīta || śuddhāvari mūrkhatvēṃ ||.

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śuddha (शुद्ध).—f Popular contraction of śuddhi.

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suddhā (सुद्धा).—a C (śuddha S) Pure, mere, simple, this only, such and nothing else. Ex. hēṃ tāmbēṃ suddhēṃ sōnēṃ; hēṃ dūdha suddhēṃ pāṇī; hā mulagā suddhā bāpa.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śuddha (शुद्ध).—a Holy, clean; purified. Correct. Alone.

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suddhā (सुद्धा).—a Pure, simple; this only.

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

Śuddha (शुद्ध).—p. p. [śudh-kta]

1) Pure, clean, purified; अन्तःशुद्धस्त्वमपि भविता वर्णमात्रेण कृष्णः (antaḥśuddhastvamapi bhavitā varṇamātreṇa kṛṣṇaḥ) Me.51.

2) Holy, undefiled, chaste, innocent; अन्वमीयत शुद्धेति शान्तेन वपुषैव सा (anvamīyata śuddheti śāntena vapuṣaiva sā) R. 15.77;14.14.

3) White, bright.

4) Stainless, spotless.

5) Innocent, simple, guileness.

6) (a) Genuine, true. (b) Honest, upright.

7) Correct, faultless, upright.

8) Cleared, acquitted.

9) Mere only; शुद्धं हि दैवमेवेदं हठेनैवास्ति पौरुषम् (śuddhaṃ hi daivamevedaṃ haṭhenaivāsti pauruṣam) Mb.12.177.12.

1) Simple, pure, unmixed (opp. miśra).

11) Unequalled.

12) Authorized.

13) Whetted, sharpened; जघान शुद्धेषुरमन्दकर्षी (jaghāna śuddheṣuramandakarṣī) Bk.2.31.

14) Not nasal.

15) Unmitigated (as capital punishment); तडागभेदकं हन्यादप्सु शुद्धवधेन वा (taḍāgabhedakaṃ hanyādapsu śuddhavadhena vā) Ms.9.279.

16) Tried, examined.

-ddhaḥ 1 An epithet of Śiva.

2) The bright fortnight.

-ddham 1 Anything pure.

2) The pure spirit.

3) Rock-salt.

4) Black pepper.

5) A house built generally of one material; namely wood, brick or stone etc.; द्रुमेणेष्टकया वापि दृशदाद्यैरथापि वा । एतेन सहितं गेहं शुद्धमित्यभिधीयते (drumeṇeṣṭakayā vāpi dṛśadādyairathāpi vā | etena sahitaṃ gehaṃ śuddhamityabhidhīyate) Kāmikāgama.45.21.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śuddha (शुद्ध).—(compare Sanskrit Śuddhāḥ, a class of gods, Mbh 13.1372; perhaps a Buddhistic term, compare the adjoining Nirmāṇaratāḥ which recalls BHS Nirmāṇarati, q.v.), probably = next (2) pl.: sg. Śuddha, Mmk 69.6, probably as representative of the class; in Mmk 71.23 Śuddha and Viśuddha are names of two Śuddhāvāsakāyika gods.

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Śuddhā (शुद्धा).—n. of a princess, daughter of Sujāta Ikṣvāku: Mv i.348.12.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Śuddha (शुद्ध).—mfn.

(-ddhaḥ-ddhā-ddhaṃ) 1. Pure, purified, clean, cleansed. 2. Faultless, correct. 3. Alone, only, mere, simple. 4. White. 5. Whetted, sharp, (as an arrow.) 6. Authorised, admitted. 7. Innocent. 8. Acquitted. 9. Bright. 10. Honest, chaste. n.

(-ddhaṃ) 1. Pure spirit. 2. Rock-salt. 3. Black pepper. E. śudh to be or make pure, &c., aff. kta .

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