Uccaihshravas, Uccaiḥśravas, Uccaishshravas, Uccaiśśravas, Uccais-shravas, Uccaiśśravas, Uccaih-shravas: 15 definitions


Uccaihshravas means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit. 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.

The Sanskrit terms Uccaiḥśravas and Uccaiśśravas and Uccaiśśravas can be transliterated into English as Uccaihsravas or Uccaihshravas or Uccaissravas or Uccaishshravas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Uchchaihshravas.

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्) is the name of a horse obtained by Namuci after the gods and Asuras churned the ocean of milk,, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 46. Accordingly, as Suvāsakumārā said to Sunītha, “... as fast as the gods killed an Asura in their fight with them, the horse Uccaiḥśravas immediately restored him to life by smelling him”.

The story of Uccaiḥśravas was narrated by the Vidyādhara king Vajraprabha to prince Naravāhanadatta in order to relate how “Sūryaprabha, being a man, obtain of old time the sovereignty over the Vidyādharas”.

The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Uccaiḥśravas, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Uccaiśśravas (उच्चैश्श्रवस्).—Birth. A horse which emerged from water during the churning of the sea of Milk. (See under Kṣīrābdhimathana). Devendra grabbed it the moment he saw it, and thenceforth it became his vehicle. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 23, Verses 33-37). Colour of the horse. Once, during a controversy, Vinatā, wife of Kaśyapa, contended that the colour of Uccaiśśravas was white, while another wife of Kaśyapa, Kadrū said that its tail was black in colour. It was decided to bet that she who got defeated in this controversy should become the slave of the winner. Because the serpents, the sons of Kadrū, cheated Vinatā, she had to become Kadrū’s slave. (See under Vinatā). (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 20). Lakṣmīdevī became mare. Devī Bhāgavata relates a story of Mahālakṣmī becoming a mare on account of Uccaiś ravas. King Revanta, son of Sūrya and friend of Indra, once went to Vaikuṇṭha to pay his respects to Bhagavān Viṣṇu, riding on Uccaiśśravas. Mahālakṣmī, who was then with Viṣṇu was surprised at the arrival of Revanta. Seeing the scintillating form of Uccaiśśravas, her brother, Mahālakṣmi sat looking at the horse unmindful of all other things. (Mahālakṣmī and the horse were both born from the Sea of Milk and hence were sister and brother). Thus occupied Mahālakṣmī did not hear Mahāviṣṇu asking, "Who is this one who comes like a second Cupid?" Angry at this Viṣṇu said—

"So much attracted by the horse, you have not answered me. Because you enjoy (Ramasi) so much your name in future will be Ramā. You will also become frivolous like an uncultured woman. You have never been constant. Because you felt so much attracted to this horse in my very presence, you will be born as a mare in the world of men."

According to this curse Mahālakṣmī had to be born as a mare in the world; the Hehaya dynasty had its origin from her. (See under Ekavīra). (Devī Bhāgavata, Skandha 6). (See full article at Story of Uccaiśśravas from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Uccaiśśravas (उच्चैश्श्रवस्).—A Mahārāja of the Pūru dynasty. He was one of the six sons of King Avikṣit. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 94, Verse 53).

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्) refers to the divine horse of Sūrya (the sun), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.15 (“The penance and reign of Tārakāsura”).—Accordingly, after Tāraka requested boons from Brahmā: “[...] That great demon [i.e., Tāraka] was crowned the king of the three worlds with the permission of Śukra, the preceptor of the demons. [...] Then the demon Tāraka seized gems and jewels of all the guardians of the quarters, Indra and others, offered under duress by them on being afraid of him. Afraid of him, Indra surrendered his Airāvata (white elephant) and Kubera all his nine treasures. White horses were surrendered by Varuṇa, the wish-yielding cow Kāmadhenu by the sages, and the sun out of fear for him surrendered his divine horse Uccaiḥśravas. [...]”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्, “loud-neighing”):—The second mount of Indra, and represents a horse. Indra is the king of the gods. He is the ruler of the storm and represents the all-pervading electric energy. As a major deity in the Ṛg-veda, he also represents the cause of fertility.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Uchchaihshravas : Uchchaihsravas was the white horse of Indra, produced at the churning of the ocean. It is fed on ambrosia, and is held to be the king of horses.

Source: Theosophical Society: Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary

Uccaiḥ-śravas [from uccaiḥ aloft, high above + śravas ear] Long-eared, he who hears what is above, one having spiritual or inner hearing; the white horse of Indra, one of the 14 precious things that issued from the waters churned by the gods in Hindu legend, regarded as the prototype and king of horses. In this connection one is reminded of the many statues of the buddhas with pendant ears, symbolizing a spiritual power—he who hears the cries of all.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्) refers to “Indra’s horse”, according to chapter 1.3 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra: an ancient Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three illustrious persons in Jainism. Accordingly, “[...] the Lord did not obtain alms anywhere even on the day for breaking his fast; for the people at that time were thoroughly simple and were not familiar with alms-giving. Some people brought the Master, who had come for alms, horses surpassing in speed Uccaiḥśravas (Indra’s horse); [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Uccaihshravas in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्).—a.

1) long-eared.

2) deaf. (m.)

1) Name of the horse of Indra (said to be churned out of the ocean); उच्चैःश्रवसमश्वानाम् (uccaiḥśravasamaśvānām) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 1.27; उच्चैरुच्चैःश्रवास्तेन् हयरत्नमहारि च (uccairuccaiḥśravāsten hayaratnamahāri ca) Kumārasambhava 2.47.

2) Name of a horse of the god sun.

Uccaiḥśravas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms uccais and śravas (श्रवस्). See also (synonyms): uccaiḥśravasa.

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

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्).—m.

(-vāḥ) The horse of Indra. E. uccais high, and śravas an ear, long-eared; it is semetimes written with a final vowel, nom.


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

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्).—m. a fabulous horse, Mahābhārata 1, 366. Cakṣuḥśravas, i. e.

Uccaiḥśravas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms uccais and śravas (श्रवस्).

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

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्).—[masculine] [Name] of a myth. horse.

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

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्):—[=uccaiḥ-śravas] [from uccaiḥ > ucca] m. ‘long-eared or neighing aloud’ Name of the horse (of Indra, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) produced at the churning of the ocean (regarded as the prototype and king of horses), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Bhagavad-gītā; Kumāra-sambhava etc.]

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

Uccaiḥśravas (उच्चैःश्रवस्):—(vāḥ) 5. m. Indra’s horse.

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