Sthuna, aka: Sthūṇa, Sthūna, Sthūṇā; 12 Definition(s)


Sthuna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

Sthūṇa (स्थूण) refers to a kind of weapon (name of a missile). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda
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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Sthūṇa (स्थूण) is another name (synonym) for stambha, a Sanskrit technical term referring to “pillar”. These synonyms are defined in texts such as Mayamata (verse 15.2), Mānasāra (verse 15.2-3), Kāśyapaśilpa (verse 8.2) and Īśānaśivagurudevapaddati (Kriya, verses 31.19-20).

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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Sthūṇa (स्थूण).—One of Viśvāmitra’s sons who were expounders of the Vedas. (Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 4 Verse 51).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Sthūṇa (स्थूण) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. XIII.4.50, XIII.4) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Sthūṇa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Sthūṇā (स्थूणा) in the Rigveda and later denotes the ‘pillar’ or ‘post’ of a house.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Sthūṇa (स्थूण): A Yaksha, follower of Kubera, who exchanges his identity with Shikhandin, A rakshasa who helps disturb Vishvamitra's sacrifices.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

Sthūna (स्थून) possibly corresponds to Thūna: an ancient locality situated in Majjhimadesa (Middle Country) of ancient India, as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—Thūna probably represents Sthūna of the Divyāvadāna and was a Brāhmaṇagāma that formed the western boundary of the Buddhist Majjhimadesa. Thūna has not been identified by any scholar. As Yuan Chwang’s account makes Thaneswar the westernmost country of the Buddhist Majjhimadesa, Prof. Mazumdar proposes to identify Thūna with Sthāniswara or Thaneswar.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism

Sthūṇā.—(ML), a pilaster. Note: sthūṇā 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

Marathi-English dictionary

sthūṇa (स्थूण).—f S A pillar or post; a column, obelisk &c.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

Sthūṇā (स्थूणा).—[sthā-nak udantādeśaḥ pṛṣo° Tv.] स्थूणायसि स्मृता प्रतिमायां गृहस्तम्भे (sthūṇāyasi smṛtā pratimāyāṃ gṛhastambhe)' इति विश्वः (iti viśvaḥ)

1) The post or pillar of a house.

2) A post or pillar in general; स्थूणानिखननन्या- येन (sthūṇānikhanananyā- yena) S. B.; किमर्थमाक्षेपः । दार्ढ्यार्थः । स्थूणानिखननवत् (kimarthamākṣepaḥ | dārḍhyārthaḥ | sthūṇānikhananavat) ŚB. on MS.7.2.1.

3) An iron image or statue; छिन्नस्थूणं वृषं दृष्ट्वा विलापं च गवां भृशम् (chinnasthūṇaṃ vṛṣaṃ dṛṣṭvā vilāpaṃ ca gavāṃ bhṛśam) Mb.12.265.2.

4) An anvil.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sthūṇa (स्थूण).—or °na, m. (1) also Sthūnā (dental n), f. (= Pali Thūṇa), n. of a brahman-village in the west: Mvy 4117 sthūṇopasthūṇau grāmau; Divy 22.1 (paścimena) Sthūṇopasthūṇakau brāhmaṇagrāmakau; Māy 1, 60 Sthūnāyāṃ, loc.; (2) n. of a yakṣa at Sthūnā: Māy 60. [Page611-b+ 71] (Pali does not record an equivalent of Upasthūṇa, q.v.)

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

Sthūṇā (स्थूणा).—f.

(-ṇā) 1. The post or pillar of a house. 2. Any post or pillar. 3. An iron image, a statue. 4. An anvil. 5. A disease. E. ṣṭhā to stay or stand, nak Unadi aff., deriv. irr.

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