Surastri, Surastrī, Sura-stri: 6 definitions


Surastri means something in 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Surastri in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Surastrī (सुरस्त्री) refers to “celestial damsels”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.40.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Near [Kailāsa], the gods saw Alakā, the beautiful and divine city of Kubera. [...] Near that they saw the sylvan park Saugandhika [...]. Outskirting it are the two holy rivers Nandā and Alakanandā that quelled sins by their mere sight. The celestial damsels (i.e., Surastrī) descending to them from their world drank their waters. Emaciated for their sexual dalliance with their menfolk they entered them for their sports”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Surastrī (सुरस्त्री).—

1) a celestial woman; ऊरूद्भवा नरसखस्य मुनेः सुरस्त्री (ūrūdbhavā narasakhasya muneḥ surastrī) V.1.3.

2) Name of Durgā.

Surastrī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sura and strī (स्त्री). See also (synonyms): surasundarī.

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

Surastrī (सुरस्त्री).—f. an Apsaras, a nymph, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 3.

Surastrī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sura and strī (स्त्री).

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

Surastrī (सुरस्त्री).—[feminine] = surayuvati.

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

Surastrī (सुरस्त्री):—[=sura-strī] [from sura > sur] f. a celestial woman, Apsaras, [Vikramorvaśī; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā; Kathāsaritsāgara; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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Surastri 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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