Shuki, Śukī: 5 definitions


Shuki means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Śukī can be transliterated into English as Suki or Shuki, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Śukī (शुकी).—A daughter of Kaśyapa Prajāpati. Five daughters named Krauñcī, Bhāsī, Śyenī, Dhṛtarāṣṭrī and Śukī were born to Kaśyapa by his wife Tāmrā. Krauñcī gave birth to owls. Bhāsas were born to Bhāsī and eagles and kites were born to Śyenī. Dhṛtarāṣṭrī gave birth to swans and Cakravākas. Śukī gave birth to Natā and Vinatā was the daughter of Natā. (Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Araṇyakāṇḍa, Sarga 14).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Śukī (शुकी).—Loved by Agnī.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 24. 11.

1b) A daughter of Tāmrā and Kaśyapa; married Garutmat and had six sons Triśira, Sumukha, Bala, Pṛṣṭa, Triśankunetra and Surasa who had in their turn a number of sons and grandsons;1 brought forth parrots and owls; gave birth to parrots, owls, and crows (vi. p.)2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 8-9, 446; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 328-30.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 6. 30-31; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 21. 15-16.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Śukī (शुकी) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Śukī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala

Śukī (शुकी) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Śuka forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Vāyucakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the vāyucakra refers to one of the three divisions of the dharma-puṭa (‘dharma layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Śukī] and Vīras are dark blue in color; they each have one face and four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.

Tibetan Buddhism book cover
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

1) Śukī (शुकी):—[from śuka] f. a female parrot (also the mythical mother of parrots, fabled as daughter or [according to] to some, wife of Kaśyapa), [Mahābhārata; Purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of the wife of Saptarṣi (loved by Agni), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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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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