Tapasa, Tāpasa, Tapasha: 20 definitions


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Tāpasa (तापस) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Tāpasa) various roles suitable to them.

2) Tāpasa (तापस) refers to “ascetics” (practitioners of religious austerities), whose beard (śmaśru) should be represented as bushy (romaśa), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 23. Providing the beard is a component of nepathya (costumes and make-up) and is to be done in accordance with the science of āhāryābhinaya (extraneous representation).

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tāpasa (तापस) refers to “sages” (or ascetics), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.40.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] after going beyond Alakā, the capital of the king of Yakṣas and the Saugandhika park, they saw the fig-tree of Śiva. [...] Beneath that vaṭa of yogic potentialities, Viṣṇu and other Devas saw Śiva seated. [...] Lord Śiva had the divine form liked by the sages (tāpasa-abhīṣṭa). His fond love befriended everyone. He shone with the ashes smeared over his body”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Tāpasa (तापस).—A southern tribe.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 114. 49; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 129.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Tāpasa (तापस) refers to “abstemious habits”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 15) (“On the nakṣatras—‘asterisms’”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “Those who are born on the lunar day of Svātī will delight in keeping birds, deer, horses; will be grain merchants; dealers in beans; of weak friendship; weak, of abstemious habits (tāpasa) and skilled tradesmen. Those who are born on the lunar day of Viśākhā will grow trees yielding red flowers and red fruits; be dealers in gingelly seeds, beans, cotton, black gram and chick peas and worshippers of Indra and Agni. [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Tapasa in Cameroon is the name of a plant defined with Senna occidentalis in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Cassia foetida Pers. (among others).

2) Tapasa in India is also identified with Cinnamomum tamala It has the synonym Laurus tamala Buch.-Ham. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Sylva Telluriana (1838)
· Flora Caroliniana (1788)
· Kagoshima University Research Center for the Pacific Islands, Occasional Papers (2001)
· Synopseos Plantarum (1805)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1986)
· FBI (1878)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

tāpasa : (m.) a hermit.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Tāpasa, (from tapa & tapas) one who practises tapas, an ascetic (brahmin). Eight kinds are enumerated at DA. I, 270 & SnA 295.—J. II, 101, 102; V, 201; PvA. 153; °pabbajjā the life of an a. J. III, 119; DhA. IV, 29; DA. I, 270.—f. tāpasī a female ascetic Mhvs VII. 11, 12. (Page 299)

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ṭāpasā (टापसा).—m Bloatedness or puffedness: also tumefaction or swelling.

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tapāsa (तपास).—m ( A) Inquiry or examination into; investigation of: also asking about; seeking or inquiring for.

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tāpasa (तापस).—a S tāpasī a (Poetry.) That practises devout austerities, an ascetic.

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

ṭāpasā (टापसा).—m Bloatedness or puffedness.

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tapāsa (तपास).—m Inquiry; investigation of; seek- ing for.

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tāpasa (तापस) [-sī, -सी].—a An ascetic.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tapasa (तपस).—

1) The sun.

2) The moon.

3) A bird.

Derivable forms: tapasaḥ (तपसः).

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Tāpasa (तापस).—a. (- f.)

1) Relating to religious penance or to an ascetic; तापसेष्वेव विप्रेषु यात्रिकं भैक्षमाहरेत् (tāpaseṣveva vipreṣu yātrikaṃ bhaikṣamāharet) Manusmṛti 6.27.

2) Devout.

-saḥ (- f.) A hermit, devotee, an ascetic.

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

Tapasa (तपस).—m.

(-saḥ) 1. The moon. 2. A bird. E. tap to heat, asac Unadi aff.

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Tāpasa (तापस).—mfn.

(-saḥ-sī-saṃ) Performing penance, a practiser of devout austerities, a devotee, an ascetic. m.

(-saḥ) A kind of crane, (Ardea nivea.) n.

(-saṃ) The leaf of the Laurus cassia. E. tapas penance, affix aṇ . tapaścaraṇaṃ śīlamasya chatrādi0 ṇa or tapo’styasya aṇ .

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

Tāpasa (तापस).—i. e. tapas + a, I. adj., f. . 1. Performing penance, a practiser of religious austerities, an ascetic, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 6, 27; Mahābhārata 1, 3006. 2. Referring to religious penance, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 52, 5 Gorr. Ii. m. A sort of sugar-cane, [Suśruta] 1, 186, 15.

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

Tāpasa (तापस).—[adjective] performing penance or belonging to it. [masculine] a devotee, ascetic, hermit ([feminine] ī).

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

1) Tapasa (तपस):—[from tap] m. = po-rāja, [Uṇādi-sūtra iii [Scholiast or Commentator]]

2) [v.s. ...] a bird, [ib.]

3) Tāpasa (तापस):—[from tāpa] mfn. ([gana] chattrādi, [Pāṇini 5-2, 103]) a practiser of religious austerities (tapas), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa xiv; Manu-smṛti vi, 27 etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] relating to religious austerity or to an ascetic, [Rāmāyaṇa G. ii, 52, 5]

5) [v.s. ...] m. an ascetic, [Manu-smṛti; Nalopākhyāna] etc.

6) [v.s. ...] the moon, [Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes]

7) [v.s. ...] Ardea nivea, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] = sekṣu, [Suśruta i, 45, 9, 2 and 6]

9) [v.s. ...] = -pattra, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] [patronymic] of Agni, Gharma, and Manyu, [Ṛgveda-anukramaṇikā]

11) [v.s. ...] of a Hotṛ, [Tāṇḍya-brāhmaṇa xxv, 15]

12) [v.s. ...] n. = -ja, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

1) Tapasa (तपस):—(saḥ) 1. m. The moon; a bird.

2) Tāpasa (तापस):—[(saḥ-sī-saṃ) a.] Performing penance. m. A crane (Ardea nivea). n. Leaf of the Laurus cassia.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Tāpasa (तापस) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Tāvasa, Tāvasā.

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Tapasa 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Tāpasa (तापस) [Also spelled tapas]:—(nm) see [tapasvī].

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Tapasa (ತಪಸ):—[noun] = ತಪಸ್ವಿ - [tapasvi -] 5.

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Tāpasa (ತಾಪಸ):—[adjective] of or relating to ascetics or asceticism; ascetical.

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Tāpasa (ತಾಪಸ):—

1) [noun] a man who leads a life of contemplation and extreme self-denial for realising the ultimate truth and principles of being.

2) [noun] the plant Terminalia catapa of Combretaceae family; country almond.

3) [noun] the tree Holoptelia integrifolia (= Ulmus integrifolia) of Ulmaceae family; jungle cork tree.

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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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