Sukeshi, Sukeśī: 9 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Sukeśī can be transliterated into English as Sukesi or Sukeshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Sukeśī (सुकेशी) is the name of an Apsara created for the sake of a type of dramatic perfomance. Acording to the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.46-51, after Brahmā asked Bharata for materials necessary for the Graceful Style (kaiśikī: a type of performance, or prayoga), Bharata answered “This Style cannot be practised properly by men except with the help of women”. Therefore, Brahmā created with his mind several apsaras (celestial nymphs), such as Sukeśī, who were skillful in embellishing the drama.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sukeśī (सुकेशी) is the name of a Gaṇa-chief who participated in Vīrabhadra’s campaign against Dakṣa, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.33. Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“O Nārada, listen to the numerical strength of the most important and courageous of those groups. [...] Kāṣṭhāgūḍha, Sukeśī, Vṛṣabha, and Sumantraka the chief of Gaṇas, O dear, each went with sixty-four crores. [...] Thus at the bidding of Śiva, the heroic Vīrabhadra went ahead followed by crores and crores, thousands and thousands, hundreds and hundreds of Gaṇas [viz., Sukeśī]”.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Sukeśī (सुकेशी).—(SUKEŚA). See under Sukeśa.

2) Sukeśī (सुकेशी).—The daughter of the king of Gāndhāra. This Sukeśī was the wife of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 38 that Śrī-Kṛṣṇa gave her a palace, the doors of which shone as the gold of Jāmbūnada.

3) Sukeśī (सुकेशी).—A celestial maid of Alakāpurī. It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 19, Verse 45, that she performed a dance in honour of the visit of Aṣṭāvakra, in the palace of Kubera.

4) Sukeśī (सुकेशी).—The daughter of Ketuvīrya the king of Magadha. She was married to Marutta (the third). (Markaṇḍeya Purāṇa, 128).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Sukeśī (सुकेशी).—A daughter of Tumburu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 13; IV. 33. 19; Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 49.
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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 Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Sukeśī (सुकेशी) is the name of an Apsaras, instructed by Śakra to help in the preparations of Ṛṣabha’s wedding-preparations, according to chapter 1.2 [ādīśvara-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.


“[...] Then having ascertained the Lord’s purpose, Purandara at once summoned gods for the tasks of the wedding-preparations.—‘[...] Menā, receive with delightful conversation the ones who have arrived. Sukeśī, bring the hair-omaments for the brides and groom; Sahajanyā, show the place to the men of the wedding procession. [...]’. From the bustling of the Apsarases instructing each other in this way, and frequently calling names, a mighty tumult arose”.

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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: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Sukeśī (सुकेशी):—[=su-keśī] [from su-keśa > su] f. Name of an Apsaras, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Surāṅganā, [Siṃhāsana-dvātriṃśikā or vikramāditya-caritra, jaina recension]

3) [v.s. ...] of a daughter of Ketu-vīrya, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

4) Sukeśi (सुकेशि):—[=su-keśi] [from su] m. Name of a Rākṣasa, [Catalogue(s)]

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Sukeshi 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Sukeśī (सुकेशी):—(a) (a woman) having beautiful hair.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sukēśi (ಸುಕೇಶಿ):—

1) [noun] a woman having beautiful hair.

2) [noun] name of a celestial woman.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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