Ucca, Uccā: 27 definitions


Ucca means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Uchcha.

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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Ucca (उच्च, “high”) refers to one of six “ornaments”, or ‘figures of speech’ (alaṃkāra). According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 19, these six ornaments are part of the ‘vocal representation’ (vācika), which is used in communicating the meaning of the drama and calling forth the sentiment (rasa). The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature.

These ornaments dictate the type of recitation, eg. ucca and dīpta should be used in words expressing sharpness and roughness. They should also be used in the Heroic, the Furious and the Marvellous Sentiment.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

Ucca (उच्च, “high”).—One of the six alaṃkāras;—(Uses:) The high note proceeds from the head register and is of high pitch (tāra); it is to be used in speaking to anyone at a distance, in rejoinder, confusion, in calling anyone from a distance, in terrifying anyone, in affliction and the like.

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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Ucca (उच्च).—The higher tone also called उदात्त (udātta) or acute; cf. नीचमुच्चात् (nīcamuccāt) R. T. 55, also एते स्वराः प्रकम्पन्ते यत्रोच्चस्वरितोदयाः (ete svarāḥ prakampante yatroccasvaritodayāḥ) R. Pr. III.19; cf. also the terms उच्चश्रुति (uccaśruti) R. T. 61, एकोच्च (ekocca) R.T. 62, आद्युच्च, अन्तेच्चक (ādyucca, anteccaka). etc.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms

Ucca (उच्च).—The ucca of a planet is of two kinds - (a) mandocca i.e., the apex of slowest motion and (b) śīghrocca i.e., the apex of fastest motion. Note: Ucca is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

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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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Ucca (उच्च) refers to a “loud voice”, according to the Āpastamba-yajña-paribhāṣā-sūtras.—“with the Ṛg-veda and Sāma-veda the performance takes place with a loud voice (uccaiḥ)”. Commentary.—“Even lines of the Yajur-veda, if they are contained in the Ṛg-veda and Sāma-veda, would have to be pronounced with a loud voice [Ucca]. Certain mantras, however, are excepted, viz. the japa, abhimantraṇa, and anumantraṇa-mantras”.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ucca (उच्च) refers to the “summits (of Meru)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.22. Accordingly as Śiva said to Sitā:—“[...] Heaven, the abode of the Devas is stationed on the summits (ucca) of the Meru wherein the cities of the guardians of the quarters are also situated. They are brilliant. Beautiful celestial damsels, Rambhā, Śacī, Menakā and others heighten their glory”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Ucca (उच्च) is the name of a Tathāgata (Buddha) mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Ucca).

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Ucca (उच्च) refers to “intense (playfulness)”, according to the Guru Mandala Worship (maṇḍalārcana) ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “Homage be to you, homage be to you, homage be to you, homage, homage, With devotion I bow to you, Guru protector be pleased with me. By whose bright rays of light, the true self suddenly appears, With an abundance of jeweled radiance, defeating darkness, Rightly understanding with clear eyes, with intense playfulness (savilāsasavilāsam uccaiḥ), This adoration is offered to them, to the illuminating Guru”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Ucca (उच्च) refers to “loud (voices)”, according to the Śramanasatya-sūtra (Cf. Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra, chapter 41).—Accordingly, “Seeing at a distance a great assembly of heretics (tīrthikapariṣad) who were debating in loud voices (ucca-śabda), the Buddha wanted to go elsewhere and was turning around to leave. The scholars (upadeśācārya) who had seen the Buddha approaching from afar said to their assembly: ‘Be quiet! The Buddha is a person who likes solitude (vivekakāma). If you look quiet and are silent, perhaps he will come here’”.

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Ucca (उच्च) refers to an  “elevated (place)” (suitable for a pacification ritual), according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [As the Bhagavān teaches a pacification ritual]: “A pacification rite should be performed at four places in the field. [...] One should paint the glorious Buddha, Agastya Ṛṣi and Vajradhara and it should be mounted at the top of a flagstaff (ucca-sthāna) in an elevated place. Flowers and incense of offering should be given. A stake made of khadira wood measuring eight aṅgulas should be [enchanted] a thousand times and driven into the ground on the top of a dwelling. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

ucca : (adj.) 1. high; 2. noble.

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

Ucca, (adj.) (For udya, adj. formation from prep. ud above, up) high (opp. avaca low) D. I, 194; M. II, 213; A. V, 82 (°ṭhāniyaṃ nīce ṭhāne ṭhapeti puts on a low place which ought to be placed high); Pv IV. 74 (uccaṃ paggayha lifting high up = uccataraṃ katvā PvA. 265); Pug. 52, 58; DA. I, 135; PvA. 176.

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Uccā, (°-) (adv.) (cp. Sk. uccā, Instr. sg. of uccaṃ, cp. paścā behind, as well as uccaiḥ Instr. pl.—In BSk. we find ucca° (uccakulīna Av. Ś III, 117) as well as uccaṃ (uccaṃgama Divy 476). It is in all cases restricted to cpds. ) high (lit. & fig.), raised, in foll. cpds.

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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

ucca (उच्च).—d S High, tall, lofty, lit. fig.

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ucca (उच्च).—n S The apogee of the sun or a planet. 2 That sign of the zodiac in which a planet obtains its most powerful influence; viz. Aries for the sun, Taurus for the moon, Capricornus for Mercury &c.

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

ucca (उच्च).—a High, tall, lofty. n The apogee of the Sun or a planet.

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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

Ucca (उच्च).—a.

1) High (in all senses); tall; क्षितिधारणोच्चं (kṣitidhāraṇoccaṃ) Kumārasambhava 7.63; elevated, superior, exalted (family &c)

2) Loud, high-sounding; उच्चाः पक्षिगणाः (uccāḥ pakṣigaṇāḥ) Śiśupālavadha 4.18.

3) Intense, violent, strong.

4) (In astr.) Ascendant; see उच्चसंश्रय (uccasaṃśraya) below.

-ccaḥ 1 The apex of the orbit of a planet.

2) Height, high place; ज्वरश्च मरणं जन्तोरुच्चाच्च पतनं यथा (jvaraśca maraṇaṃ jantoruccācca patanaṃ yathā) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.28.25.

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Uccā (उच्चा).—ind. High, above, upwards, aloft; उच्चा पतन्तमरुणं सुपर्णम् (uccā patantamaruṇaṃ suparṇam) Av.13.2.36. °चक्र, °बुध्न (cakra, °budhna); Ṛgveda 8.61.1; Ṛgveda 1.116.9.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Uccā (उच्चा).—(°-) (adv., Vedic), as in Pali in cpds., aloft, on high, high(ly): uccā-pragṛhītān Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 75.6 (most mss.; ed. uccān pra° with 1 ms.).

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

Ucca (उच्च).—mfn.

(-ccaḥ-ccā-ccaṃ) High, tall. m.

(-ccaḥ) The apex of the orbit of a planet. E. ut upwards, ci to gather, and ḍa aff.

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

Ucca (उच्च).—i. e. ud-añc + a, I. adj. f. , 1. High, [Kirātārjunīya] 5, 5. 2. Deep, [Caurapañcāśikā] 44. 3. Loud, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 3, 85. Ii. uccais (instr. pl.), adv. 1. High, [Kumārasaṃbhava, (ed. Stenzler.)] 6, 72. 2. Loud, [Nala] 11, 2. 3. Much, excessively, [Amaruśataka, (ed. Calcutt.)] 94. 4. Powerfully, [Pañcatantra] iv. [distich] 22. Iii. m. Culmination, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 19, 2.

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

Ucca (उच्च).—[adjective] lofty, high (l.&[feminine]) loud; [abstract] [feminine], tva [neuter] — Cf. uccā & uccais.

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Uccā (उच्चा).—[adverb] high ([especially] in heaven), from above, upwards.

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

1) Ucca (उच्च):—mfn. (said to be [from] ca [from] √añc with 1. ud), high, lofty, elevated

2) tall, [Mahābhārata; Kumāra-sambhava; Śiśupāla-vadha; Kathāsaritsāgara] etc.

3) deep, [Caurapañcāśikā]

4) high-sounding, loud, [Bhartṛhari; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

5) pronounced with the Udātta accent, [Ṛgveda-prātiśākhya; Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā-prātiśākhya] etc.

6) intense, violent, [Rāmāyaṇa]

7) m. height, [Mahābhārata]

8) the apex of the orbit of a planet, Kālas, [Rāmāyaṇa etc.]

9) [Comparative degree] ucca-tara, [superlative degree] ucca-tama;

10) cf. [Hibernian or Irish] uchdan, ‘a hillock’; [Cambro-Brit, the language of Wales] uched, ‘cleve.’

11) Uccā (उच्चा):—[from ucca] ind. above (in heaven), from above, upwards, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda xiii, 2, 36.]

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

Ucca (उच्च):—[(ccaḥ-ccā-ccaṃ) a.] High. m. Apex.

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

Ucca (उच्च) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ucca, Uccaa, Uccāva.

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Ucca 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

Ucca (उच्च) [Also spelled uchch]:—(a) high, tall; lofty; elevated; ~[] altitude, elevation, loftiness.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Ucca (उच्च) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit words: Ucca, Uccais.

Ucca has the following synonyms: Uccaa.

2) Uccā (उच्चा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Uccais.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ucca (ಉಚ್ಚ):—

1) [adjective] placed above; situated at a higher place, position or status; held in esteem; super.

2) [adjective] of good quality; excellent.

3) [adjective] loud; high-sounding.

4) [adjective] (astrol.) (said of planets) situated at a higher place and hence, favourable; ascendant;5) [adjective] ಉಚ್ಛಸ್ಥಾನವೇ ಪೂಜ್ಯ [ucchasthanave pujya] uccha sthānavē pujya merit may not always bring the deserved respect; wealth commands more respect than merit.

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Ucca (ಉಚ್ಚ):—

1) [noun] a higher place, degree, limit, position or status.

2) [noun] the linear measure of how long a thing is; measurement of anything from end to end; length.

3) [noun] the fact or condition of excelling; superiority; surpassing goodness, merit, etc.; excellence.

4) [noun] he who walks with his head high or face turned upwards.

5) [noun] (astrol.) the apex of the orbit of a planet; the fact of a planet being at a higher or favourable position.

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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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