Sukesha, Sukeśā, Sukeṣa, Sukeśa: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Sukeśā and Sukeṣa and Sukeśa can be transliterated into English as Sukesa or Sukesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: Skanda-purana

Sukeśa (सुकेश) is the name of a gaṇa (attendant of Śiva), mentioned in the Skandapurāṇa 4.2.53. In this chapter, Śiva (Giriśa) summons his attendants (gaṇas) and ask them to venture towards the city Vārāṇasī (Kāśī) in order to find out what the yoginīs, the sun-god, Vidhi (Brahmā) were doing there.

While the gaṇas such as Sukeśa were staying at Kāśī, they were desirous but unable of finding a weakness in king Divodaśa who was ruling there. Kāśī is described as a fascinating place beyond the range of Giriśa’s vision, and as a place where yoginīs become ayoginīs, after having come in contact with it. Kāśī is described as having both the power to destroy great delusion, as well as creating it.

The Skandapurāṇa narrates the details and legends surrounding numerous holy pilgrimages (tīrtha-māhātmya) throughout India. It is the largest Mahāpurāṇa composed of over 81,000 metrical verses, with the core text dating from the before the 4th-century CE.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sukeśa (सुकेश).—(SUKEŚĪ). General information A rākṣasa (giant) who was the son of Vidyutkeśa and Sālakaṭaṅkā. When Brahmā asked the Subjects to look after his creation those who said 'Rakṣāmahe' became Rākṣasas (giants) and those who said 'Yakṣāmahe', the Yakṣas (a clan of semi gods). Once two brothers named Heti and Praheti were born in the clan of Rākṣasas. Praheti remained unmarried and entered the life of penance. Heti married Bhayā the sister of Kāla. A son named Vidyutkeśa was born to the couple. Vidyutkeśa married Sālakaṭaṅkā, the daughter of Sandhyā. Sālakaṭaṅkā delivered a son. But wishing to enjoy the company of her husband, she abandoned the son and lived with her husband. The child which was as bright as the rising Sun, putting its folded fist in its mouth, cried aloud. Paramaśiva and Pārvatī who were travelling along the sky mounted on the bull, heard the cry of the infant and looked at the spot from which the cry arose. On seeing the infant, Pārvatī took pity on it. Śiva blessed the child, which instantly grew as old as its mother. Śiva gave the Rākṣasa prince immortality and a city which could travel through the sky. Pārvatī said that Rākṣasa women would, in future deliver the moment they became pregnant and that the child would grow equal to its mother in age, as soon as it was born. Sukeśa was the son of Vidyutkeśa and Sālakaṭaṅkā. Sukeśa was delighted at the boons he got, and travelled wherever he pleased, in his city. (See full article at Story of Sukeśa from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sukeśa (सुकेश) is the name of a leader of Gaṇas (Gaṇapa or Gaṇeśvara or Gaṇādhipa) who came to Kailāsa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.20. Accordingly, after Śiva decided to become the friend of Kubera:—“[...] The leaders of Gaṇas revered by the whole world and of high fortune arrived there. [...] Kāṣṭhāgūḍha, Sukeśa and Vṛṣabha each with sixty-four crores. Caitra, Nakulīśa and Svayamprabhu each with seven crores. [...]”.

These [viz., Sukeśa] and other leaders of Gaṇas [viz., Gaṇapas] were all powerful (mahābala) and innumerable (asaṃkhyāta). [...] The Gaṇa chiefs and other noble souls of spotless splendour eagerly reached there desirous of seeing Śiva. Reaching the spot they saw Śiva, bowed to and eulogised him.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Sukeśa (सुकेश).—A sage in Dāruvana.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 27. 104.

1b) A Dānava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 61. 9; Vāyu-purāṇa 68. 9.

2) Sukeṣa (सुकेष).—A Mt.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 453.
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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

1) Sukeśa (सुकेश) is the name of Vidyārāja (i.e., “wisdom king”) 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 Sukeśa).

2) Sukeśā (सुकेशा) is the name of Dūtī (i.e., messengers of Lord Vajrapāṇi) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa.

3) Sukeśā (सुकेशा) is also the name of a Yakṣiṇī mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa.

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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) Sukeśā (सुकेशा) is the daughter of the Vidyādhara-king Sulocana, according to chapter 2.4 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, as Sagara was addressed by a chamberlain:—“[...] There (i.e., in Gaganavallabha) is a son of his, Sahasranayana, judicious; and this daughter, Sukeśā, a crest-jewel of all woman-kind. When she was born, she was described by an astrologer, ‘She will be a woman-jewel, the chief-queen of a Cakravartin’. And now, again and again she [i.e., Sukeśā] has been demanded in marriage by Pūrṇamegha, the King of Rathanūpura, who is in love with her. When her father did not give her to him, Pūrṇamegha, thundering like a cloud, came to fight, wishing to seize her by violence. After fighting for a very long time, Pūrṇamegha, powerful, sealed Sulocana’s eyes in a long sleep”.

2) Sukeśa (सुकेश) is the son of king Taḍitkeśa from Laṅkā and belonged to the Rākṣasavaṃśa, according to the Jain Ramayana and chapter 7.1 [origin of the rākṣasavaṃśa and vānaravaṃśa].—Accordingly:—“[...] After paying homage to the great sādhu, a universal benefactor, and taking leave of the lord of Laṅkā, the god [i.e., Abdhikumāra] departed. After hearing that, Taḍitkeśa bestowed his kingdom on his son, Sukeśa, became a mendicant, and went to the final abode. Ghanodadhiratha bestowed the kingdom, Kiṣkindhā, on his son, named Kiṣkindhi, took initiation, and attained emancipation. [...]”.

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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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Sukeśa (सुकेश).—name of a Buddha: (Ārya-)Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa 499.21.

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

Sukeśa (सुकेश).—([feminine] ī) & sukeśānta [adjective] fair-locked.

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

1) Sukeśa (सुकेश):—[=su-keśa] [from su] mf(ī or ā)n. having beautiful hair, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] ([probably]) thickly overgrown with a species of the Andropogon, [Siddhānta-kaumudī]

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Rākṣasa, [Rāmāyaṇa]

[Sanskrit to German]

Sukesha in German

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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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