Sunakshatra, Sunakṣatra: 6 definitions


Sunakshatra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Sunakṣatra can be transliterated into English as Sunaksatra or Sunakshatra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Sunakṣatra (सुनक्षत्र):—Son of Marudeva (son of Supratīka). He will be born in the future and become a king. He will have a son called Puṣkara. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.12.12)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Sunakṣatra (सुनक्षत्र).—A King of Bhārata dynasty. It is stated in Bhāgavata, Skandha 9, that he was the son of Niramitra and the father of Bṛhatsena.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Sunakṣatra (सुनक्षत्र).—A son of Manudeva and father of Puṣkara (Kinnara, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 12. 12; Matsya-purāṇa 271. 8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 22. 4.

1b) A son of Nirāmitra and father of Bṛhatsena.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 22. 47.

1c) A son of Sahadeva.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 99. 284.
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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

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Sunakṣatra (सुनक्षत्र) or Cunda is the name of a disciple of the Buddha, according to the the Vinayamātṛkā of the Haimavatas, as mentioned in an appendix of the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter XLI. The Vinayamātṛkā of the Haimavatas knows of eight disciples who, “fan in hand, fanned the Buddha”. These were [viz., Sunakṣatra].

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Sunakṣatra (सुनक्षत्र).—[neuter] a good or auspicious star.

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

1) Sunakṣatra (सुनक्षत्र):—[=su-nakṣatra] n. (id est. 5. su + n) a good or auspicious Nakṣatra, [Atharva-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] m. ‘born under an ausp° N°’, Name of a king (son of Maru-deva), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Niramitra, [ib.]

4) Sunakṣatrā (सुनक्षत्रा):—[=su-nakṣatrā] [from su-nakṣatra] f. Name of the second night of the civil month (karma-māsa), [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

5) [v.s. ...] of one of the Mātṛs attending on Skanda, [Mahābhārata]

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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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