Sucitra, aka: Sucitrā, Su-citra; 5 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Suchitra.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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1) Sucitra (सुचित्र).—A nāga (serpent) born in the family of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. This serpent fell in the sacrificial fire of the serpent sacrifice of Janamejaya and was burnt to death. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 57, Stanza 18).

2) Sucitra (सुचित्र).—(sumitra) Father of Sukumāra the King of Pulinda. (See under Sukumāra I.)

3) Sucitra (सुचित्र).—A son of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. He attacked Abhimanyu in the battle of Bhārata. (Mahābhārata, Bhīsma Parva, Chapter 79, Verse 22).

4) Sucitra (सुचित्र).—A King who fought on the side of the Pāṇḍavas. He was a good fighter from chariot. (Mahā-Bhārata, Karṇa Parva, Chapter 6, Stanza 27). While this king and his son Citravarmā were walking in the battlefield, Droṇa killed them.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Sucitra (सुचित्र).—A Śiva god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 33.
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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Sucitra (सुचित्र, “extremely diverse”) refers to one of the sixteen words that together make up the elā musical composition (prabandha), according to the Saṅgītaśiromaṇi 67-84. Elā is an important subgenre of song and was regarded as an auspicious and important prabandha (composition) in ancient Indian music (gāndharva). According to nirukta analysis, the etymological meaning of elā can be explained as follows: a represents Viṣṇu, i represents Kāmadeva, la represents Lakṣmī.

Sucitra is one of the sixteen words of elā and has a presiding deity named cāmuṇḍā (a particular form of Durgā) defined in the Saṅgītaśiromaṇi (“crest-jewel of music”), which is a 15th-century Sanskrit work on Indian musicology (gāndharvaśāstra).

Source: Wisdom Library: Saṅgītaśiromaṇi
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sucitrā (सुचित्रा).—a kind of gourd.

Sucitrā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and citrā (चित्रा).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sucitra (सुचित्र).—(Pali Sucitti), n. of an asura: Mahāsamāj., Waldschmidt, Kl. Sanskrit Texte 4, 179 line 2 from bottom.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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