Sura, aka: Surā, Sūra, Śūra, Shura; 18 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śūra can be transliterated into English as Sura or Shura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Sura in Natyashastra glossaries]

One of the Hands of the Seven Oceans.—Sūra: the Saṅkīrṇa and Patāka hands moved upwards and downwards (vyāvṛttacāpaveṣṭitau). Note: Representing the up and down motion of waves.

(Source): The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[Sura in Ayurveda glossaries]

Surā (सुरा):—Another name for Devadāru (Cedrus deodara), a medicinal plant and used in the treatment of fever (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which is part of the Mādhavacikitsā, a Sanskrit classical work on Āyurveda.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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[Sura in Purana glossaries]

Surā (सुरा) and Soma (सोम): These were the principal drinks of the Ṛgvedic Aryans. Soma was probably a sacrificial drink and it must have originally been a popular drink also, but with the Ṛgvedic people Surā was a more popular drink.

(Source): Google Books: Cultural History from the Vāyu Purāna

1a) Śūra (शूर).—The grand-father of the Pāṇḍavas by mother's line;1 father of Vasudeva.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 14. 26; III. 1. 26.
  • 2) Ib. X. 1. 29; 3. 47 and 51.

1b) A son of Vīdūratha and father of Bhajamāna. (Śami, Viṣṇu-purāṇa).1 A great king and father of eight sons.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 26; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 14. 23.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 137-9.

1c) Devamīdha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 26-27.

1d) A son of Madirā and Vasudeva.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 48.

1e) A son of Kṛṣṇa and Bhadrā: His picture drawn by Citralekha.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 61. 17; 62. 20.

1f) A kingdom: Dvijas of this became vrātyas after Puramjaya's days.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 1. 38.

1g) One of Kārtavīryārjuna's five sons who escaped;1 a mahāratha;2 in the course of a hunt he entered the hermitage of Jamadagni with sword in hand and killed him;3 killed by Paraśurāma.4

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 13; Matsya-purāṇa 43. 46; Vāyu-purāṇa 94. 79; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 11. 21.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 69. 50.
  • 3) Ib. III. 45. 1.
  • 4) Ib. III. 46. 17, 23.

1h) A son of Aśmaki? (Devagarbha, Viṣṇu-purāṇa): wife Mahiṣā or Bhojā (Mārīṣā, Viṣṇu-purāṇa); Father of ten sons, the eldest being Vasudeva: also of 5 daughters;1 had a friend Kuntī who was childless; to him he gave his daughter Pṛthā in adoption; Pāṇḍu married her.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 144, 151; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 14. 25-7.
  • 2) Ib. IV. 14. 32-4.

1i) A son of Agāvaha.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 257.

1j) A name of Vīgneśvara.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 68.

1k) A son of Aikṣvāki; married Bhojā and had 10 sons and 5 daughters.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 46. 1, 4.

1l) A son of Bhajamāna; wife Asmakī; had a number of sons, Vāta, Nivāta, etc.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 135-6, 143.

1m) The country of the.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 3. 16.

2a) Sura (सुर).—Otherwise Kubera.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 10. 7.

2b) The gods who adopted Surā of Vāruṇi Devī which sprung forth from the churning of the ocean.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 9. 69.

2c) The names of gods during Manvantara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 76.

3a) Surā (सुरा).—Is Stutā; mother of Kali; as Vāruṇi devī.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 59. 9; IV. 9. 65.

3b) Six different varieties of liquor drunk by the Śaktis on the third day of the war; gauḍī, paiṣtī, mādhvī, kādambarī, Haitālī, lāṅgaleyā and tālajāta; also that from kalpavṛkṣa; they were of different tastes, sweet, bitter, saltish, etc., and of various colours;1 liquor with Kaca's powdered body mixed in it taken by Śukrācārya and thus deceived by the Asura; hence he ordained that no Brahman should thereafter take liquor, and if he did he would fall from his status and commit a sin equal to brahmicide and would be despised by the world at large.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 28. 71-6; Vāyu-purāṇa 101. 162.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 25. 39, 60, 62-3; 76. 12.

3c) The sea of liquor.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 2. 34.

3d) The wife of Kali; son of Mada.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 84. 9.

3e) A disciple of Śringiputra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 61. 40.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Sura in Itihasa glossaries]

Śūra (शूर), a minister of Avantivarman, has a ḍāmara chief decapitated in front of a Bhairava image. The situation suggests a mock human sacrifice. (See Rājataraṅgiṇī verse 5.48)

(Source): Tantric elements in Kalhaṇa’s Rājataraṅgiṇī

Śūra (शूर) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.89.7) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Śūra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Surā is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.60.50) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Kavya (poetry)

[Sura in Kavya glossaries]

Sūra (सूर) is the name of an important person (viz., an Ācārya or Kavi) mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—One of the ancient poets, belonging to Buddhist community, known also by Āryasura. Who has composes the Jātakamāla.

(Source): Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Sura in Hinduism glossaries]

Surā (सुरा, “liquor”):—Daughter of Varuṇa, who is the presiding deity of the invisible world and represents the inner reality of things.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Sura in Theravada glossaries]

A hunter, who discovered fermented liquor. See the Kumbha Jataka.

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. A messenger of Kuvera (q.v.). D.iii.201.

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[Sura in Mahayana glossaries]

Surā (सुरा, “cereal wine”) refers to one of the three types of wine (madhya) according to the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XXII).—Accordingly, “briefly, liquors, dry or wet, clear or cloudy, that cause excitation (kampana) or weakness (pramāda) in the human mind are called wine (madhya)”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
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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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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Sura in Buddhism glossaries]

Surā (सुरा, “spirituous”) or Surāsāgara refers to one of the “seven oceans” (sāgara) as defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 126). The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., surā). The work is attributed to Nagarjuna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[Sura in Jainism glossaries]

Sūra (सूर) is the father of Kunthunātha according to Śvetāmbara (but he is named Sūryasena according to Digambara), according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri). Kunthunātha is the seventeenth of twenty-four Tīrthaṅkaras in Janism. A Tīrthaṅkara is an enlightened being who has conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leaving behind him a path for others to follow.

The wife of Sūra is Śrī. It is an ancient Jain practice to worship the Tīrthaṅkara’s parents in various rites, such as the pratiṣṭhāvidhi.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism
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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

Pali-English dictionary

[Sura in Pali glossaries]

sura : (m.) a god; deity. || surā (f.) intoxicating liquor. sūra (adj.) valiant; courageous. (m.) a hero; the sun.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Surā, (f.) (Vedic surā) spirituous (intoxicating) liquor (“drink”) Vin. II, 295; 301; IV, 110; D. I, 146; A. I, 212, 295; It. 63; J. I, 199, 252 (tikhiṇaṃ suraṃ yojetvā mixing a sharp drink); DhA. II, 9; Dh. 247; as nt. at J. VI, 23 (v. l. surā as gloss).—Five kinds of surā are mentioned, viz. piṭṭha°, pūva°, odana° (odaniya°), kiṇṇapakkhitta°, sambhāra-saṃyutta° VvA. 73; VbhA. 381.

—âdhiṭṭhaka addicted to drink J. V, 427. —geha a drinking house J. I, 302. —ghaṭa a pitcher of liquor J. III, 477. —ghara=°geha J. V, 367. —chaṇa a drinking festival J. I, 489; DhA. III, 100. —dhutta a drunkard Sn. 106; J. I, 268; III, 260. —nakkhatta a drinking festival J 362; SnA 185. —pāna drinking strong liquor J. I, 50; IV, 23; VbhA. 383. —pāyikā a woman drinking liquor J. V, 11. —pipāsita thirsty after strong drink S. II, 110. —pīta one who has drunk liquor J. I, 426. —mada tipsiness, intoxication A. IV, 213; J. I, 352, 362. —meraya (-pāna) (drinking) rum & spirits A. I, 261; II, 53. See also (pañca-) sikkhāpada. —vitthaka bowl for drinking spirits J. V, 427; DhA. III, 66. —soṇḍa a drunkard DhA. III, 129. —soṇḍaka id. J. V, 433. (Page 720)

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1) Sūra, 2 (Vedic sūra) the sun ThA. 150 (Ap. V, 90); J. V, 56. (Page 722)

2) Sūra, 1 (Vedic śūra, fr. śū) valiant, courageous S. I, 21; J. I, 262, 320; II, 119; (m.) a hero, a valiant man D. I, 51, 89; III, 59, 142, 145 sq; A. IV, 107, 110; Sn. 831; DA. 157, 250; (nt.) valour S. V, 227, read sūriya.

—kathā a tale about heroes D. I, 8; DA. I, 90. —kāka the valiant crow DhA. III, 352. —bhāva strength, valour J. I, 130; Vism. 417 (in def. of suriya). (Page 722)

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Sura, (cp. Epic Sk. sura probably after asura) god Sn. 681 (=deva SnA 484); name of a Bodhisatta J. V, 12, 13; surakaññā a goddess, a heavenly maid J. V, 407 (=devadhītā, C.); surinda the king of gods Mhbv 28. Opp. asura. (Page 720)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[Sura in Marathi glossaries]

śūra (शूर).—m & a A hero, warrior. Bold, brave. Eminent for some of the nobler qualities; as dānaśūra munificent.

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sura (सुर).—m A god or deity.

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sura (सुर) [-kaṇa-kara-diśī, -कण-कर-दिशी].—Imit. of certain quick sounds as of a crack, plunge, dive &c.

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surā (सुरा).—m A large knife. f Spirituous liquor.

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sūra (सूर).—m A note in music; a tune. f Spiri- tuous liquor. sūra dharaṇēṃ Pitch the voice in agreement with. sūra dēṇēṃ Sing second with.

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

[Sura in Sanskrit glossaries]

Śūra (शूर).—a. [śūr-ac] Brave, heroic, valiant, mighty; शून्येषु शूरा न के (śūnyeṣu śūrā na ke) K. P.7; स्वाध्यायशूरैर्मुखैः (svādhyāyaśūrairmukhaiḥ) Pañcharātram 1.5.

-raḥ 1 A hero, warrior, valiant man.

2) A lion.

3) A boar.

4) The sun.

5) The Śāla tree.

6) Name of a Yādava, the grandfather of Kṛṣṇa; (hence the descendants of Śūra i. e. Yādavas also; cf. śūraḥ syād yādave bhaṭe Medinī; khyātāni karmāṇi ca yāni śaureḥ śūrādaya- steṣvabalā babhūvuḥ Bu. Ch.1.51).

7) The Arka plant.

8) The Chitraka tree.

9) A dog.

1) A cock.

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Sura (सुर).—[suṣṭhu rāti dadātyabhīṣṭaṃ su-rā-kta]

1) A god, deity; सुराप्रतिग्रहाद् देवाः सुरा इत्यभिविश्रुताः (surāpratigrahād devāḥ surā ityabhiviśrutāḥ) Rām.; सुधया तर्पयते सुरान् पितॄंश्च (sudhayā tarpayate surān pitṝṃśca) V.3.7; R.5.16.

2) The number 'thirty-three'.

3) The sun.

4) A sage, learned man.

5) An idol.

Derivable forms: suraḥ (सुरः).

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Surā (सुरा).—(su-kran Uṇ.2.24)

1) A spirituous liquor, wine; सुरा वै मलमन्नानाम् (surā vai malamannānām) Ms.11.93; गौडी पैष्टी च माध्वी च विज्ञेया त्रिविधा सुरा (gauḍī paiṣṭī ca mādhvī ca vijñeyā trividhā surā) 94.

2) Water.

3) A drinking vessel.

4) A snake.

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Sūra (सूर).—[suvati prerayati karmaṇi lokānudayena, sū-kran Uṇ.2.24]

1) The sun.

2) The Arka plant.

3) The Soma.

4) A wise or learned man.

5) A hero, king.

Derivable forms: sūraḥ (सूरः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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