Tapasa, aka: Tāpasa; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Tapasa in Purana glossary... « previous · [T] · next »

Tāpasa (तापस).—A southern tribe.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 114. 49; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 129.
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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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tāpasa : (m.) a hermit.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Tāpasa, (from tapa & tapas) one who practises tapas, an ascetic (brahmin). Eight kinds are enumd 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)

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

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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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.

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

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) Ms.6.27.

2) Devout.

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

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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