Tamasa, aka: Tāmasa, Tamasā, Tamasha; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Tāmasa (तामस) is a Sanskrit word referring to a classification of human constitution (prakṛti) where Tamas-quality has its dominance. The word is used throughout Āyurvedic (India medicine) literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. A skilled physician should monitor the constitution of a patient during treatment with medicines and prescribing his diet.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The person of Tāmasa nature is foolish, dull, fearful, averse to cleanliness, quarrelsome, dislikes good people, sleeps too much and eats stale food.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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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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Tamasā (तमसा).—Name of a river originating from Ṛkṣa, a holy mountain (kulaparvata) in Bhārata, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 85. There are settlements (janapada) where Āryas and Mlecchas dwell who drink water from these rivers.

Bhārata is a region south of Hemādri, once ruled over by Bharata (son of Ṛṣabha), whose ancestral lineage can be traced back to Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Tamasā (तमसा).—A sacred river. People of Bhārata were using the water of this river for drinking. (Śloka 3, Chapter 9, Bhīṣma Parva). The famous āśrama of Vālmīki was on the banks of this river. This place was the scene of the well-known episode of the Krauñca birds and the famous curse of Vālmīki beginning with 'Mā niṣāda'. (Bāla Kāṇḍa, Sarga 2, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).

2) Tāmasa (तामस).—The fourth Manu. (See under Manvantara). Svāyambhuva Manu, son of Brahmā, was the first Manu. He had two sons of Purāṇic fame named Priyavrata and Uttānapāda. Of these Priyavrata married the beautiful and virtuous daughters of Viśvakarmā the Prajāpati. They were Surūpā and Barhiṣmatī. Of his first wife Surūpā, he got ten sons Agnīdhra and others. The youngest child was a daughter named Ūrjjasvatī. Of the sons, Kavi, Savana and Mahāvīra became detached from worldly life and became learned in spiritual knowledge. Priyavrata got of his second wife Barhiṣmatī three sons named Uttama, Tāmasa and Raivata. They were very valiant and they gradually became chiefs of Manvantaras. (8th Skandha, Devī Bhāgavata).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1) Tamasā (तमसा).—A river from the Rkṣavat in Bhāratavarṣa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 30; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 25; 163. 64; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 100, 136.

2a) Tāmasa (तामस).—A son of Priyavrata, and a Manvantara adhipati.1 The fourth Manu and brother of Uttama. He had Pṛthu and nine other sons. During this epoch the gods went by the name of Satyakas, Haris, etc. Triśikha was Indra. Jyotirdhāmā and others were the seven sages.2 Brother of Raivata.3 For different names of Gods, sages and Indra in this epoch;4 represents ukāra;5 twenty-seven gaṇas of Gods mentioned in this epoch—Supāra, Haraya, etc. Śibi was Indra; Nara and Khyāti, his sons.6

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 1. 28; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 24.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 1. 27-28.
  • 3) Ib. VIII. 5. 2.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 3, 42-50; Matsya-purāṇa 9. 15.
  • 5) Vāyu-purāṇa 26. 36; 62. 3.
  • 6) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 6, 16-19.

2b) The quality of Bhūtādi swallowed by Mahat of which Buddhi is the guṇa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 102. 19-20.
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)

Tamasā (तमसा) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.30). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Tamasā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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India history and geogprahy

Tamasā (तमसा) is the name of a river found in India.—The river Tamasā is modern Tamas or Tons of maps which rises in the old Mahiyur State, on the south of Nagaudh, and running through the north part of Rewah flows into the Gaṅgā about eighteen miles to the South-east of Allahabad.

Source: archive.org: Geography in Ancient Indian inscriptions
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

tamāśā (तमाशा).—m ( P) A diverting exhibition; a show, play, farce, mock-fight &c. 2 The tricks of conjurers or feats of tumblers; sport or fun gen. tamāśācā manuṣya An odd, queer, eccentric fellow.

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tāmasa (तामस).—n (S) pop. tāmasī & tāmasīka a Affected by or appertaining to tama (the third quality or that of darkness and vice); viz. Hot, irascible, fiery; daring, desperate, reckless; dark, malignant, villainous; slothful, sluggish, torpid;--used of persons: horrible, atrocious, heinous; used of actions: heating, maddening, inflaming, stupefying;--used of drugs or articles of food. 2 Mentally dark or blind, ignorant. 3 Dark, literally.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

tamāśā (तमाशा).—m A diverting exhibition; a show. Sport; a conjurer's tricks.

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tāmasa (तामस) [-sī, -सी].—a Hot, irascible, Desperate. Ignorant. Dark.

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

Tamasa (तमस).—a. Dark-coloured.

-saḥ 1 Darkness.

2) A well.

-sā Name of a river.

-sam 1 Darkness.

2) A city.

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Tāmasa (तामस).—a. (- f.) [तमोऽस्त्यस्य अण् (tamo'styasya aṇ)]

1) Dark, consisting of darkness; व्यतिकर इव भीमस्तामसो वैद्युतश्च (vyatikara iva bhīmastāmaso vaidyutaśca) Māl.9.52; U.5.12.

2) Affected by or relating to तमस् (tamas) or the quality of darkness (the third of the three qualities of nature); ये चैव सात्त्विका भावा राजसास्तामसाश्च ये (ye caiva sāttvikā bhāvā rājasāstāmasāśca ye) Bg.7.12;17.2; M.1.1; Ms.12.33-34.

3) Ignorant.

4) Vicious.

-saḥ 1 A malignant person, an incendiary, a villain.

2) A snake.

3) An owl.

4) Name of a son of Rāhu.

5) A kind of horse possessing the quality of तमस् (tamas); सात्त्विका राजसाश्चेति तामसाश्चेति ते हयाः (sāttvikā rājasāśceti tāmasāśceti te hayāḥ) Yuktikalpataru.

6) The 4th Manu; चतुर्थ उत्तमभ्राता मनुर्नाम्ना च तामसः (caturtha uttamabhrātā manurnāmnā ca tāmasaḥ) Bhāg.8.1.27.

-sam Darkness.

-sī 1 Night, a dark night.

2) Sleep.

3) An epithet of Durgā.

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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