Shunashira, Śunāśīra, Shunasira, Śunāsīra, Sunāsīra, Sunashira, Sunāśīra: 14 definitions


Shunashira means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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 terms Śunāśīra and Śunāsīra and Sunāśīra can be transliterated into English as Sunasira or Shunashira or Shunasira or Sunashira, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Sunāsīra (सुनासीर) (“one who has a good vanguard”) refers to an epithet of Indra.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Śunāsīra (शुनासीर) (in the dual) occurs in the Ṛgveda and later as the names of two agricultural deities, the personifications, probably, of “the share and the plough”, as Roth thinks.—(cf. St. Petersburg Dictionary, s.v. For the native explanations, see Bṛbaddevatā, v. 8 et seq., with Macdonell’s notes. Whitney, Translation of the Atharvaveda, 116, 117, renders śunam adverbially as “successfully”.)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Satapatha Brahmana

Śunāsīra (शुनासीर) refers to “accompanied by Śuna and Sīra, Sāy”.—Cf. Śunāsīrya in the Śatapathabrāhmaṇa

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Sunāsīra (सुनासीर) is the father of Subuddhi, according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism.


“After he had enjoyed pleasures unceasingly, the soul of Vajrajaṅgha [i.e., previous incarnation of Ṛṣabha] fell from the exhaustion of his life-span, just as a snow-ball melts in the sun. In Jambūdvīpa, in the Videhas, in the city Kṣitipratiṣṭhita, he was born as the son, named Jīvānanda, of the physician Suvidhi. [...] At the same time in this city four other boys were born, like pieces of dharma joined to bodies. [...] Another was the son of the minister Sunāsīra and his wife Lakṣmī, named Subuddhi, resembling Śrīnandana (Love)”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śunāśīra (शुनाशीर).—

1) An epithet of Indra.

2) An owl.

3) (pl.) A particular class of gods; ततो मीढ्वांसमामन्त्र्य शुनासीराः सहर्षिभिः । भूयस्तद्देवयजनं समीढ्वद्वेधसो ययुः (tato mīḍhvāṃsamāmantrya śunāsīrāḥ saharṣibhiḥ | bhūyastaddevayajanaṃ samīḍhvadvedhaso yayuḥ) || Bhāg. 4.7.7.

Derivable forms: śunāśīraḥ (शुनाशीरः).

See also (synonyms): śunāsīra.

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Sunāsīra (सुनासीर).—An epithet of Indra.

Derivable forms: sunāsīraḥ (सुनासीरः).

See also (synonyms): sunāśīra.

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

Sunāsīra (सुनासीर).—m.

(-raḥ) Indra. E. su good, excellent, nāsīra the van of an army, the leader of the celestial hosts; also sunāśīra .

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

Śunāśīra (शुनाशीर).—and śunāsīra śunāsīra (so in the Vedas), m. Indra.

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Sunāśīra (सुनाशीर).—and sunāsīra sunāsīra, m. Indra.

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

Śunāsīra (शुनासीर).—[masculine] [dual] [Name] of two Vedic gods presiding over agriculture (Share and Plough); sgl. [Epithet] of Indra.

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

1) Śunāsīra (शुनासीर):—[=śunā-sīra] [from śuna] m. [dual number] Name of two rural deities favourable to the growth of grain ([probably] personifications of ‘share’ and ‘plough’; but identified by Yāska with Vāyu and Āditya, by others with Indra and Vāyu or Indra and Sūrya)

2) [v.s. ...] sg. (also written sun) Name of Indra (cf. vasuṃdharā-śun), [Taittirīya-saṃhitā] etc. etc.

3) [v.s. ...] ([plural]) a [particular] class of gods (also written sun), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

4) Sunāsīra (सुनासीर):—[=su-nāsīra] [from su > su-nakṣatra] a See sub voce

5) b See śunā-sīra, p.1082.

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

1) Śunāśīra (शुनाशीर):—[śu-nāśīra] (raḥ) 1. m. Indra.

2) Sunāsīra (सुनासीर):—[su-nāsīra] (raḥ) 1. m. Indra. Also śunāsīra.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Sunāsīra (सुनासीर) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Suṇāsīra.

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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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Prakrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Suṇāsīra (सुणासीर) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Sunāsīra.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Śunāsīra (ಶುನಾಸೀರ):—[noun] Indra, the chief of gods.

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Sunāsīra (ಸುನಾಸೀರ):—[noun] Indra, the chief of gods.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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