Sulakshana, Sulakṣaṇa, Su-lakshana: 18 definitions

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Sulakshana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Sulakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Sulaksana or Sulakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Sulakshan.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—A king. It was this king who ordered Māṇḍavya maharṣi to be pierced with a śūla as a punishment for stealing a horse. (Padma Purāṇa, Uttara Khaṇḍa, 121).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण) refers to “good signs”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.8.—Accordingly, Sage Nārada said to Menā:—“O Menā, O king of mountains, this daughter of yours has all auspicious signs. Like the first digit of the moon she will increase day by day. She will delight her husband, and heighten the glory of her parents. She will be a great chaste lady. She will grant bliss to everyone always. I see all good signs [i.e., sulakṣaṇa] in the palm of your daughter, O lord of mountains. There is an abnormal line also. Listen to the indication thereof. Her husband will be a naked Yogin, without any qualities. He will be free from lust. He will have neither mother nor father. He will be indifferent to honours. His dress and manners will be inauspicious”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण) refers to “auspicious”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, while describing the signs of one who is a Siddha: “His heart is uplifted and his nose and the rest (of his face) is well balanced. The sign of one who is well accomplished is that he is well behaved and he produces abundance. His foot is upraised and his thighs are broad, the forehead is well balanced. He is accomplished from a previous life and is Bhairava. His navel has three creases. His penis is small and auspicious [i.e., sulakṣaṇa]. His body is straight and well proportioned. Such a one is accomplished from a previous life in the western (tradition). His nails are well proportioned and red. His hands bear the marks of elevation and his eyes are red. Such is an accomplished one in the previous lineage. His face is like a lotus and his hair is (tied up in a knot in the) foreign style. One who is such and is equal in pleasure and pain is part of the Siddha lineage”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण) 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.

Sulakṣaṇa 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: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण) or Sulakṣaṇatīrtha refers to one of the “eleven holy bathing places” (Puṇyatīrtha), according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Jainism glossary
Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

1) Sulakṣaṇā (सुलक्षणा) is the daughter of Siddhabhaṭṭa and wife of Śuddhabhaṭṭa, according to chapter 2.3 [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 Ajita narrated:—“[...] Not very far from this city is a large village granted to Brahmans, named Sāligrāma. There lived the head of the Brāhmans, named Dāmodara, and his wife Somā. They had a son Śuddhabhaṭṭa who married Sulakṣaṇā, the daughter of Siddhabhaṭṭa. Sulakṣaṇā and Śuddhabhaṭṭa grew up and enjoyed pleasures suitable to their position, as they liked. In course of time their parents died, and their fathers’ money also disappeared. Sometimes he would lie down at night, hungry in the midst of plenty”.

2) Sulakṣaṇā (सुलक्षणा) is the daughter of the merchant Nandiṣeṇa, according to chapter 3.3.—Accordingly the harem-guard reported to queen Sudarśanā:—“She is Sulakṣaṇā, the wife of Nandiṣeṇa, a merchant. Sulakṣaṇā has two sons; and these are their wives, four of each, eager to serve their mother-in-law like slaves”.

3) Sulakṣaṇā (सुलक्षणा) is the wife of king Vindhyadatta from Vindhyapura, according to chapter 5.3 [śāntinātha-caritra].—Accordingly, as king Vajrāyudha said to the Vidyādhara Pavanavega:—“[...] Vindhyadatta was king in the city Vindhyapura in Airāvata in this same Jambūdvīpa. He had a son, Nalinaketu, with all the male auspicious marks, by his wife, Sulakṣaṇā. In that same city there was the crest-jewel of traders, Dharmamitra, like the sun to the lotuses of friends. His wife, Śrīdattā, bore a son, Datta; and Datta had a wife, Prabhaṅkarā, of divine form. [...]”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—n (S) An auspicious or well-betokening mark, sign, quality, indication. 2 A virtue, grace, excellence; a recommending feature or particular. 3 attrib. Of auspicious marks and signs: also of virtues, graces, and excellencies.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—n An auspicious mark, sign. A virtue, excellence.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—a.

1) having auspicious or beautiful marks.

2) fortunate. (-ṇam) 1 observing, examining carefully, determining, ascertaining.

2) a good or auspicious mark.

Sulakṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and lakṣaṇa (लक्षण).

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

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—name of a former Buddha: Mahāvastu i.139.6.

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

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) 1. Ascertaining, determining. 2. A good mark or characteristic. f.

(-ṇā) One of Durga'S female companions. Adj. Having beautiful or auspicious marks. E. su good, lakṣaṇa a mark.

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

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—I. adj. having auspicious marks, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 49, 57. Ii. n. determining. Iii. f. ṇā, a proper name.

Sulakṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms su and lakṣaṇa (लक्षण).

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

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—1. [neuter] a good mark or characteristic.

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Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण).—2. [adjective] having lucky marks.

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

1) Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण):—[=su-lakṣaṇa] [from su > su-yaj] mfn. idem, [Rāmāyaṇa; Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) Sulakṣaṇā (सुलक्षणा):—[=su-lakṣaṇā] [from su-lakṣaṇa > su > su-yaj] f. Name of a wife of Kṛṣṇa, [Pañcarātra]

3) [v.s. ...] of a friend of Umā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] of the wife of Caṇḍa-ghoṣa, [Daśakumāra-carita]

5) [v.s. ...] of another woman, [Viddhaśālabhañjikā]

6) Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण):—[=su-lakṣaṇa] [from su > su-yaj] n. the act of observing or examining carefully, ascertaining, determining, [Horace H. Wilson]

7) [v.s. ...] a good or auspicious mark or characteristic, [Mahābhārata]

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

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण):—[su-lakṣaṇa] (ṇaṃ) 1. f. A companion of Durgā. a. Ascertaining.

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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

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Sulakṣaṇa (सुलक्षण) [Also spelled sulakshan]:—(a) gifted with laudable ways; having auspicious features / characteristics / marks; fortunate, lucky; hence ~[ṇā, ~ṇī] feminine forms of ~[ṇa].

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Sulakshana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Sulakṣaṇa (ಸುಲಕ್ಷಣ):—

1) [noun] a good, auspicious sign.

2) [noun] the quality of being beautiful; beautifulness.

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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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