Shukla, aka: Śukla, Śuklā, Suklā, Sukla; 13 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śukla and Śuklā can be transliterated into English as Sukla or Shukla, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

1) Śukla (शुक्ल) is another name (synonym) for Śvetairaṇḍa: one of the three varieties of Eraṇḍa, which is a Sanskrit name representing Ricinus communis (castor-oil-plant). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 8.55-57), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus. Certain plant parts of Eraṇḍa are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), and it is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”.

2) Śuklā (शुक्ला) is another name (synonym) for Vidārī, which is a Sanskrit name for the plant Pueraria tuberosa (Indian kudzu). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 7.99-101), which is an Āyurvedic medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Śuklā (शुक्ला) is another name for Kākolī, a medicinal plant identified with Roscoea purpurea from the Zingiberaceae or “ginger family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.25-27 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). Together with the names Śuklā and Kākolī, there are a total of fifteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Śuklā (शुक्ला) is another name for Vidyullatā, one of the seven major rivers in Kuśadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 87. Kuśadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Vapuṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Śukla (शुक्ल).—A warrior who fought on the side of the Pāṇḍavas. He was a native of Pāñcāla country. Mahābhārata, Karṇa Parva, Chapter 56, Verse 45, mentions that he was slain by Karṇa during the Bhārata battle.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Śukla (शुक्ल).—A name of Hari.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 21. 35.

1b) A son of Havirdhāna.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 24. 8; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 37. 24.

1c) A mountain in Krauñcadvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 21.

1d) One of the seven sons of Vasiṣṭha.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 28. 36.

1e) A group of nāḍīs of the sun emitting heat.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 24. 30.

2) Suklā (सुक्ला).—A river in Krauñcadvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 21.

3) Śuklā (शुक्ला).—Same as Vidyut.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 122. 73.
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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Śukla (शुक्ल) refers to the third saṃvatsara (“jovian year)” in Vedic astrology.—The native whose birth occurs in the samvatsara of shukla always remains joyful, is extremely generous, has excellent qualities, is blessed with sons and wife, full of grandeur and prosperity, endowed with good fortune, and learning and humility.

According with Jataka Parijata, the person born in the year shukla (1989-1990 AD) will be an adulterer, effete, but liberal and intelligent.

Source: The effect of Samvatsaras: Satvargas
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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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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Śuklā (शुक्ला) 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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Śukla (शुक्ल, “white”) refers to one of the five types of Varṇa (color) and represents one of the various kinds of Nāma, or “physique-making (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. The karmas rise of which gives the colour attributes to the body are called colour body-making karma (śukla).

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

śukla (शुक्ल).—a (S) White. 2 Light or bright;--used of the waxing half of the month or of any lunar day in it.

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śukla (शुक्ल).—m (S) A Brahman who derives his subsistence by serving, or by begging from, Brahmans only. He is viewed as unsullied. 2 The twenty-fourth of the astronomical Yogas. 3 n A disease of the cornea, albugo.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śukla (शुक्ल).—a White. Bright

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

Śukla (शुक्ल).—a. [śuc-luk kutvam]

1) White, pure, bright; as in शुक्लापाङ्ग (śuklāpāṅga) q. v.

2) Spotless, unsullied; ज्ञाननिष्ठास्त्रिशुक्लाशुक्लाश्च सर्व- भूतहिते रताः (jñānaniṣṭhāstriśuklāśuklāśca sarva- bhūtahite ratāḥ) Mb.12.27.7.

3) Virtuous, moral (sāttvika); शुक्लानि कृष्णान्यथ लोहितानि तेभ्यः सवर्णाः सृतयो भवन्ति (śuklāni kṛṣṇānyatha lohitāni tebhyaḥ savarṇāḥ sṛtayo bhavanti) Bhāg.11. 23.44.

4) Bringing success (yaśaskara); एतज्ज्योतिश्चोत्तमं जीवलोके शुक्लं प्रजानां विहितं विधात्रा (etajjyotiścottamaṃ jīvaloke śuklaṃ prajānāṃ vihitaṃ vidhātrā) Mb.5.23.17.

5) Light-giving, luminous; शुक्लकृष्णे गती ह्येते जगतः शाश्वते मते (śuklakṛṣṇe gatī hyete jagataḥ śāśvate mate) Bg.8. 26.

-klaḥ 1 A white colour.

2) The bright or light half of a lunar month; कचोरऽभिरूपस्तत्क्षणाद्ब्राह्मणस्य शुक्लात्यये पौर्णि- मास्यामिवेन्दुः (kacora'bhirūpastatkṣaṇādbrāhmaṇasya śuklātyaye paurṇi- māsyāmivenduḥ) Mb.1.76.61; Bg.8.24.

3) Name of Śiva.

4) Name of Viṣṇu; रूपाणि स्थान आधत्से तस्मै शुक्लाय ते नमः (rūpāṇi sthāna ādhatse tasmai śuklāya te namaḥ) Bhāg.3.21.51.

5) Name of a Muni (kapila); क्षेमाय नश्चे- दसि नोत शुक्लः (kṣemāya naśce- dasi nota śuklaḥ) Bhāg.5.1.16.

-klam 1 Silver.

2) A disease of the white part of the eye.

3) Fresh butter.

4) Sour gruel.

5) Brightness, light.

6) White spot.

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Śuklā (शुक्ला).—

1) Name of Sarasvatī.

2) Candied sugar.

3) A woman having a white complexion.

4) The plant Kākolī.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śukla (शुक्ल).—pl., n. of a brahmanical school (of the Bahvṛ-cas): Divy 632.18.

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Śuklā (शुक्ला).—(1) n. of a daughter of Rohiṇa: Av ii.15.12 ff.; (2) n. of a goddess or yakṣiṇī (= Pali Sukkā, DN ii.260.22): Mahāsamāj, Waldschmidt, Kl. Sanskrit Texte 4, 187.1; (3) ? n. of a devakumārikā in the western quarter: Mv iii.308.9; Senart Śukrā; mss. corrupt, śukla or śukra; seems to correspond to Śītā, q.v.

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