Soma, aka: Somā; 29 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Soma (सोम):—Soma was born from Atri’s tears. (Atri is the son of Brahmā). Brahmā appointed Soma the director of the brāhmaṇas, drugs and luminaries. With Tārā he begat a son called Budha. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.14.3-14)

Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Soma (सोम) and Surā (सुरा): These were the principal drinks of the Ṛgvedic Aryans. Soma was probably a sacrificial drink and it must have originally been a popular drink also, but with the Ṛgvedic people Surā was a more popular drink.

The Vāyu-purāṇa refers to Soma many times and associates it with gods only, thus suggesting that it was not a drink of human beings at all; but we have at one place a reference to a Dealer in Soma who was not invited for śrāddha. This reference suggests that traffic in Soma was regarded with disapproval though such traffic was taking place. The prohibition is equally suggestive of the fact that Soma was primarily used in sacrifices and hence was considered too sacred to be an article for sale.

Source: Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

1) Soma (सोम).—A son born to fire Bhānu by his third wife Niśā, who had given birth to two sons Soma and Agni and a daughter named Rohiṇī. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 221, Verse 15).

2) Soma (सोम).—One of the eight Vasus. The eight Vasus are Āpa, Dhruva, Soma, Dharma, Anila, Agni, Pratyūṣa and Prabhāsa. (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Aṃśa 1. 15).

3) Soma (सोम).—A son of Jarāsandha. It is stated in Bhāgavata, Skandha 9, that Jarāsandha had four sons named Soma, Sahadeva, Turya and Śrutaśru.

4) Somā (सोमा).—A celestial maid. This celestial beauty performed a dance at the birth festival of Arjuna. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 122, Verse 61).

5) Soma (सोम).—Juice extracted from Soma creeper. It is believed that the devas accept Soma in sacrifices.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Soma (सोम) refers to the “drink of the gods” according to the Nīlamatapurāṇa verse 1377.—Most of the references to the articles of diet occur in the Nīlamata in connection with the offerings made to the gods but it is not difficult to infer from them the food and drink of the common people because “what a man eats his gods eat”.

Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

1a) Soma (सोम).—A son born of Atri's eyes; honoured at birth by Śiva and Umā; borne for 300 years by dik (directions) and when released became an aṃśa of Brahmā who took him in his Vedic chariot of 1000 horses to his loka where Brahmaṛṣis adored him as their king and was praised by mantras; nourished the crying Māriṣā in her babyhood with nectar; presented Pṛthu with undying horses.1 Appealed to Pracetas not to destroy trees and offered their daughter Vārkṣī in marriage to him, married the twenty-seven daughters of Dakṣa; Kṛttikā and other stars as his wives; cursed by Dakṣa he had no issue and was struck with disease propitiated Dakṣa and recovered.2 Appointed by Brahmā as Lord of Plants, Brahmans and stars; worshipped for a life of enjoyments; also called Rājā; father of Budha;3 got rid of his consumption by bathing in the Prabhāsā; worshipped largely in Śālmalidvīpa;4 conquered three worlds and took Tārā, Bṛhaspati's wife by force. Tārā who was pregnant was given back to Bṛhaspati through the intervention of Brahmā. This was Budha.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 15 and 33; 14. 26; 30. 14; 15. 17; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 65. 1-20; Matsya-purāṇa 4. 49; 23. 4-15; 198. 1;
  • 2) Ib. 2. 12; 5. 13; 146. 16. Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 3. 14; 4. 6-16; 6. 2, 23-24; VIII. 4. 21; 5. 34.
  • 3) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 18. 15; X. 84. 47; XI. 16. 16; II. 3. 9; IX. 1. 35; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 65. 46. 48; Matsya-purāṇa 11. 53-4.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XI. 6. 36; V. 20. 11-12.
  • 5) Ib. IX. 14. 2. 14; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 65. 28-44.

1b) (Candra s.v.)—a Lokapāla with his city Vibhāvarī on the north of Meru;1 Lord of stars, and one face of Śiva: served as calf when sages and Pṛthu milked the earth-cow;2 his rays gave rise to certain Apsara clans: Kaśyapa made him king of Brahmans;3 a Śrāddhadeva: Lord of Pitṛs: (1/8) aṃśa of Śiva coming out of the dhāma that issued along with tears of Śiva: Nine women desired and enjoyed his company;4 one of the nine grahas with white colour;5 in the Devāsura wars, was vanquished by māyā of Kālanemī, took part in the Tārakāmaya, helped Varuṇa at the suggestion of Indra;6 the dot in him is the earth's shadow;7 propitiated in the installation of an image and in house building;8 born from the ocean of milk;9 world of;10 nectar of, drunk by Pitṛs and gods;11 feeds rivers by causing rain.12

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 33; 22. 14. 15; Matsya-purāṇa 266. 26.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 24. 46; 26. 41; 27. 112 ff.; Matsya-purāṇa 10. 16.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 80; 7. 22; 8. 3. 77. 36. 204. Matsya-purāṇa 11. 63.
  • 4) Ib. 23-1, 8; 31. 12.
  • 5) Ib. 93. 10-17.
  • 6) Ib. 150. 153; 174. 24; 176. 1-33.
  • 7) Ib. 176. 5.
  • 8) Ib. 265. 39; 253. 27.
  • 9) Ib. 250. 2; 268. 18.
  • 10) Ib. 91. 1-10.
  • 11) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 39, 69-73.
  • 12) Vāyu-purāṇa 51. 14-21.

1c) A son of Sāvitrī and Pṛśni.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 18. 1.

1d) A madhyamādhvaryu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 15.

1e) A Vasu: a son of Dharma and Sudevī; had five sons Varca, Budha, Dhara, Urmī and Kalila.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 3. 21; Matsya-purāṇa 5. 21, 23; 171. 46; 203. 3.

1f) A Sukhā god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 1, 18.

1g) The temple of, in the Supakṣa hill.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 39. 63.

1h) A mukhya gaṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 18.

1i) A son of Atri and Anasūyā.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 10. 8.

1j) A Vasu; the son of Bhagavān Varca.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 15. 110, 112.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Soma (सोम) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.30, I.29.3, I.60.17) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Soma) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Soma is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.85.12) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

After conquering the three worlds [the upper, middle and lower planetary systems], Soma, the moon-god, performed a great sacrifice known as the Rājasūya-yajña. Because he was very much puffed up, he forcibly kidnapped Bṛhaspati's wife, whose name was Tārā.

Although requested again and again by Bṛhaspati, the spiritual master of the demigods, Soma did not return Tārā. This was due to his false pride. Consequently, a fight ensued between the demigods and the demons.

Source: VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam
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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Somā (सोमा) is another name for Avalguja (Psoralea corylifolia “Malaysian scurfpea”) according to the Bhāvaprakāśa, which is a 16th century medicinal thesaurus authored by Bhāvamiśra. The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Somā (सोमा) is another name for Somavallī, a medicinal plant identified with Sarcostemma brevistigma (synonym of Sarcostemma acidum or leafless east-Indian vine) from the Apocynaceae or “dog-away” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.98-99 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 Somā and Somavallī, there are a total of eleven 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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Soma (सोम) is the Sanskrit name for a deity to be worshipped during raṅgapūjā, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.1-8. Accordingly, the master of the dramatic art who has been initiated for the purpose shall consecrate the playhouse after he has made obeisance (eg., to Soma).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Soma (सोम, “monday”) corresponds with the moon and refers to the second of seven vāra (days), according to the Mānasāra. It is also known by the name Candra or Śaśi. Vāra is the fifth of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.

The particular day, or vāra (eg., soma) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). Among these vāras, Guru (Thursday), Śukra (Friday), Budha (Wednesday) and Śaśi or Candra (Monday), are considered auspicious and therefore, to be preferred. The text states, however, that the inauspiciousness of the other three days are nullified if there occurs a śubhayoga, “auspicious conjunction (of planets)” on those days.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Soma (सोम) refers to one of the 53 gods to be worshipped in the northern quarter and given pāyasa (rice boiled in milk) according to the Vāstuyāga rite in Śaktism (cf. Śāradātilaka-tantra III-V). The worship of these 53 gods happens after assigning them to one of the 64 compartment while constructing a Balimaṇḍapa. Vāstu is the name of a prodigious demon, who was killed by 53 gods (eg., Soma).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Somā (सोमा) or Somatithi is the name of the sixth of fifteen tithis (cycle of time) according to the Gārgīyajyotiṣa while the Śārdūlakarṇāvadāna considers Aśiti as the sixth. The associated deity for Somā or Aśiti according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā is Skanda. A tithi was defined as one thirtieth of a synodic month (c. 29.5 days), resulting in an average tithi being slightly less than a day.

Accordingly, “(21) The sixth tithi is called Somā (Vṛddhi?/Māsā?). It is auspicious for firm acts. One should engage in agricultural works, build houses and temples for deities. (22) One should build or take refuge in buildings such as the city-gates. Journey should be avoided. The deity for this tithi is Kumāra (Skanda)”.

Source: Tithikarmaguṇa in Gārgīyajyotiṣa

Soma (सोम).—A ritual beverage used in some ancient Vedic sacrifices. Note: Soma is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa 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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Soma (सोम).—(or सोमयार्य (somayārya)) name of the writer of a gloss named त्रिभाष्यरत्न (tribhāṣyaratna) on the Taittiriya Pratisakhya.

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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Soma (सोम) was the famous plant which was used for the preparation of the libation of Soma made at the Vedic sacrifice. Its importance is sufficiently shown by the fact that the whole of the ninth Maṇḍala of the Rigveda, and six hymns in other Maṇḍalas, are devoted to its praise.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Soma is the name of Chandra, the moon. It is also the name of the intoxicating drink that is offered to the Vedic Gods. The Rig Veda sometimes addresses Soma, the drink as a seperate deity in its own right.

Source: Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Soma was a Vedic ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians, and the subsequent Vedic and greater Persian cultures. It is frequently mentioned in the Rigveda, whose Soma Mandala contains 114 hymns, many praising its energizing qualities. In the Avesta, Haoma has the entire Yašt 20 and Yasna 9-11 dedicated to it.

It is described as being prepared by extracting juice from the stalks of a certain plant. In both Vedic and Zoroastrian tradition, the name of the drink and the plant are the same, and also personified as a divinity, the three forming a religious or mythological unity.

In the Vedas, the drink, and the plant refer to the same entity. Drinking Soma produces immortality (Amrita, Rigveda 8.48.3). Indra and Agni are portrayed as consuming Soma in copious quantities. The consumption of Soma by human beings is well attested in Vedic ritual.

etymology: Soma (Sanskrit: सोम sóma), or Haoma (Avestan), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma-.

Both Soma and the Avestan Haoma are thought to be derived from Proto-Indo-Iranian *sauma-. The name of the Scythian tribe Hauma-varga is related to the word, and probably connected with the ritual. The word is derived from an Indo-Iranian root *sav- (Sanskrit sav-/su) "to press", i.e. *sau-ma- is the drink prepared by pressing the stalks of a plant.[4] According to Mayhofer, the root is Proto-Indo-European (*sew(h)-)[5]

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

1) As a drink, Soma is the ambrosia of the gods. It was due to this influence that they could rise above all obstacles to achieve their goals. Indra was a great drinker of the substance; before his confrontation with Vritra, he drank rivers of it to gain the strength needed to overcome the fearsome dragon. Agni also consumed it in large amounts. Soma was what gave the Vedic gods their immortality. This drink is the same as Haoma in Persian mythology.

2) As the moon, Soma became equated with the god Chandra, who originally was the moon deity. The moon was considered the cup which held the drink Soma for the gods, and one reason that the moon waxed and waned was due to this fact. When the moon waned, it was because the gods were drinking down all the Soma; as it waxed, the god was re-creating himself, only to be consumed again once the cup was again full.

Source: Encyclopedia Mythica: Soma

Soma plant.—Many books have been written identifying its source from the birch forests of Siberia to China, Iran, Turkmenistan, India etc. It appears that Soma was a generic term and verities of creepers were called by that name. The Soma of the Rig Veda was mountainous creeper. And, Most scholars argue that Homa plant of the Iranian Avesta differs in many respects from the Soma of the Rig Veda, though both have certain common features

David Frawley also says ‘The Rig Veda describes Soma as a watery plant, growing near water (RV .8 .91.1) and as flowing with a milky juice’. The Somas in India, according to him, were mainly special powerful plants growing in mountain lakes and riverine regions of Himalayas. He also rejects Ephedra of Afghanistan and Iran being Soma; because Ephedra is a dry plant with very little juice. The Indian Soma plant is just not one particular plant; and therefore search for one single plant might be ‘misleading’.

Source: Sreenivasarao’s blog: Who was Uddalaka Aruni? – Part One

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Soma. See Sutasoma.

2. Soma

A deva to whom sacrifice is offered; he is generally mentioned with Varuna, Pajapati and Yama (D.i.244;ii.259; J.v.28; vi.201, 568,571).

In the Atanatiya Sutta (D.iii.204) he is spoken of as a Yakkha chief.

He is identified with the Moon god of later literature (E.g., Cv.lxii.5; lxiii.14), the founder of the Somavamsa (dynasty).

3. Soma. A Yavapala who offered grass for his seat to Kassapa Buddha. BuA.218; cf. Mtu.iii.105,106.

4. Soma - Friend of Somadatta (5).

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1. Soma Theri. She was the daughter of the chaplain of King Bimbisara. When she grew up, she saw the Buddha on his first visit to Rajagaha and became a lay disciple. Later she joined the Order, developed insight, and became an arahant.

One day, as she was spending her siesta at the foot of a tree in Andhavana, Mara, wishing to interrupt her privacy, approached her, invisible in the air, and teased her, remarking on the two finger consciousness of women. (The Commentary explains that women, when boiling rice, cannot tell if it is cooked without testing it between two fingers, hence the expression). Soma rebuked him, saying that the fact of being a woman was no obstacle to the comprehension of the Dhamma. (This incident is given also at S.i.129).

In the time of Sikhi Buddha Soma was born into the family of an eminent nobleman and became the chief consort of King Arunava. (Thig.vs.60-62; ThigA.66f). The rest of her story is identical with that of Abhaya Theri (q.v.). She is evidently identical with Uppaladayika of the Apadana. Ap.ii.601f.

2. Soma. Sister of Sakula and queen of Pasenadi. She was a devout follower of the Buddha. M.ii.125; MA.ii.757; she is probably the eminent lay woman referred to at A.iv.347.

3. Soma. An eminent Theri of Ceylon, expert in the Vinaya. Vin.xviii.14.

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

1) Soma (सोम) refers to a species of Anudiśa gods, according to Jain cosmological texts in the Digambara tradition where the Anudiśa heaven is one of the five heavens of the upper world (ūrdhvaloka).

2) Soma (सोम) is the father of Svayambhū: the third Vāsudeva (“violent heroes”) according to both Śvetāmbara and Digambara sources. Since they enjoy half the power of a Cakravartin (universal monarch) they are also known as Ardhacakrins. Jain legends describe nine such Vāsudevas usually appearing together with their “gentler” twins known as the Baladevas. The legends of these twin-heroes usually involve their antagonistic counterpart known as the Prativāsudevas (anti-heroes).

The stories of king Soma, queen Pṛthvī and their son, Svayambhū are related in texts such as the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita (“the lives of the sixty-three illustrious persons”), a twelfth-century Śvetāmbara work by Hemacandra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Soma (सोम) was the son of king of Kṣitipratiṣṭhita, Mahīdhara and queen Revatī. His wife’s name was Campakamālā. He also had a son who died at the age of four. His wife was sick, too and died. After these two deaths he became detached. Inspired by the Lord’s discourse he accepted the path of restraint and became the fifth Gaṇadhara.

Source: HereNow4U: Lord Śrī Pārśvanātha
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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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India history and geogprahy

Soma.—(IE 7-1-2), ‘one’. Note: soma is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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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

soma : (m.) the moon.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise 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

sōma (सोम).—m (S) The moon. 2 The moon-plant, Asclepias acida or aphylla: also the juice of it. 3 A form of leucorrhœa. See dhupaṇī. 4 (By abridgment for sōmayāga) A sacrifice at which the juice of Asclepias acida is drunk. 5 A name of Shiva.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sōma (सोम).—m The moon. A name of Shiva.

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

Soma (सोम).—[sū-man Uṇ.1.139]

1) Name of a plant, the most important ingredient in ancient sacrificial offerings.

2) The juice of the plant; as in सोमपा, सोमपीथिन् (somapā, somapīthin); Ms. 3.257.

3) Nectar, beverage of the gods; अलब्धभागाः सोमस्य केवलं क्लेशभागिनः (alabdhabhāgāḥ somasya kevalaṃ kleśabhāginaḥ) Bhāg.8.1.23.

4) The moon. [In mythology, the moon is represented as having sprung from the eye of the sage Atri; (cf. R.2.75) or as produced from the sea at the time of churning. The twenty-seven asterisms--mythologically represented as so many daughters of Dakṣa q. v. -are said to be his wives. The phenomenon of the periodical waning of the moon is explained by a myth which states that his nectareous digits are drunk up by different gods in regular rotation, or by the invention of another legend which says that the moon, on account of his particular fondness and partiality for Rohiṇī, one of the 27 daughters of Dakṣa, was cursed by his father-in-law to be consumptive, but that at the intercession of his wives the sentence of eternal consumption was commuted to one of periodical consumption. Soma is also represented as having carried off Tārā, the wife of Bṛhaspati, by whom he had a son named Budha, who afterwards became the founder of the lunar race of kings; see Tārā (b) also.]; पुष्णामि चौषधीः सर्वाः सोमो भूत्वा रसात्मकः (puṣṇāmi cauṣadhīḥ sarvāḥ somo bhūtvā rasātmakaḥ) Bg.15.13.

5) A ray of light.

6) Camphor.

7) Water.

8) Air, wind.

9) Name of Kubera.

1) Of Śiva.

11) Of Yama.

12) Name of Sugrīva.

13) (As the last member of comp.) Chief, principal, best; as in नृसोम (nṛsoma) q. v.

14) An ape.

15) One of the Manes.

16) the vessel (nāḍī) 'Iḍā'; यत्र तद् ब्रह्म निर्द्वन्द्वं यत्र सोमः सहाग्निना । व्यवायं कुरुते नित्यं धीरो भूतानि धारयन् (yatra tad brahma nirdvandvaṃ yatra somaḥ sahāgninā | vyavāyaṃ kurute nityaṃ dhīro bhūtāni dhārayan) || Mb.14.2.1 (com.).

17) Monday.

-mā The soma plant.

-mam 1 Rice gruel.

2) Sky, heaven.

Derivable forms: somaḥ (सोमः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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