Sughosha, Sughoṣa, Su-ghosha, Sughoṣā: 16 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Sughoṣa and Sughoṣā can be transliterated into English as Sughosa or Sughosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Sughoṣa (सुघोष) is the name of an ancient city, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 73. Accordingly, as Padmiṣṭhā said to Śrīdarśana: “... there is a large and famous royal grant to Brāhmans named Sughoṣa. In it there dwelt a Brāhman named Padmagarbha, who possessed a thorough knowledge of the Vedas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Sughoṣa, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sughoṣa (सुघोष).—The conch of Nakula, one of the Pāṇḍavas. (Mahābhārata, Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 16).

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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)

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Sughoṣa (सुघोष) is a Sanskrit word referring to the conchshell of Nakula.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

Sughoṣa (सुघोष) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.

Sughoṣa is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.

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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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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Sughoṣā (सुघोषा) is the name of Vidyārājñī (i.e., “wisdom queen”) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Sughoṣā).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Sughoṣā (सुघोषा) is the name of the bell in Śakra’s palace, according to chapter 1.2 [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. Accordingly:—“Then striking three times the bell Sughoṣā which has a wonderful sound for a radius of a yojana, he made it ring. With Sughoṣā the bells of all the other palaces rang, like birds singing with the bird leading the singing. The sound of these bells increased from the echoes arising in the skies like a family of the noble from sons resembling themselves. Springing up in thirty-two lacs of palaces, the sound expanded in the form of echoes like a word in the palate. The gods sunk in negligence were dazed by that sound. Saying, ‘What is this?’ confused, they paid attention”.

2) Sughoṣā (सुघोषा) and Mahāghoṣa are the two Indras of the Stanitas who came to the peak of Meru for partaking in the birth-ceremonies of Ṛṣabha, according to the same chapter 1.2.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)

Sughoṣa (सुघोष) refers to one of the two Indras (lords) of the Stanitakumāra (thundering youths) class of “residential celestial beings” (bhavanavāsin), itself a main division of devas (celestial beings) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.3. The Stanitakumāras create sound. Sughoṣa and Prabhañjana are the two lords in the Fiendish-youths residential celestial beings.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sughoṣa (सुघोष).—a. having a pleasant sound.

-ṣaḥ Name of the conch of Nakula; नकुलः सहदेवश्च सुघोषमणपुष्पकौ (nakulaḥ sahadevaśca sughoṣamaṇapuṣpakau) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 1.16.

Sughoṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and ghoṣa (घोष).

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

Sughoṣa (सुघोष).—(1) (m.) a kind of musical instrument, = the commoner °ṣaka, q.v. (compare AMg. sughosā, f., according to Rat- nach. a certain bell, ghaṇṭā): °ṣaṃ (acc.) Mahāvastu ii.159.5; °ṣa- iii.70.15; v.l. in i.227.17 and iii.407.19; all prose; (2) name of a former Buddha: Lalitavistara 5.12; and according to Senart's em. Mahāvastu i.137.1, see Sughoṣasamabuddhi.

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

Sughoṣa (सुघोष).—m.

(-ṣaḥ) A pleasant sound. E. su, and ghoṣa sound or cry.

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

Sughoṣa (सुघोष).—[adjective] sounding loud or well; [masculine] the conch-shell of Nakula.

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

1) Sughoṣa (सुघोष):—[=su-ghoṣa] [from su > su-ga] mfn. making a loud noise, very noisy, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] having a pleasant sound, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] m. a pleasant sound or cry, [Horace H. Wilson]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of the conch of Nakula, [Bhagavad-gītā]

5) [v.s. ...] of a Buddha, [Lalita-vistara]

6) [v.s. ...] of an Agra-hāra (q.v.), [Kathāsaritsāgara]

7) [v.s. ...] a [particular] form of a temple, [Hemādri’s Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi]

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

Sughoṣa (सुघोष):—[su-ghoṣa] (ṣaḥ) 1. m. Pleasant sound.

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

Sughoṣa (सुघोष) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Sughosa.

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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

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

1) Sughosa (सुघोस) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Sughoṣa.

2) Sughosā (सुघोसा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Suboṣā.

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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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