Ucchishta, Ucchiṣṭa: 11 definitions


Ucchishta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 term Ucchiṣṭa can be transliterated into English as Ucchista or Ucchishta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Uchchhishta.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Red Zambala: The 10 Great Wisdom Goddesses

Ucchiṣṭa Mātaṅgī as the embodiment of the ritually polluted is the goddess by means of whom one can directly come to terms with pollution. As such she is very empowering and liberating. She also has a strong association with forests and jungles.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva (shaktism)

Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट) or Ucchiṣṭatantra refers to one of the twenty Bhūtatantras, belonging to the Śāktāgama (or Śāktatantra) division of the Āgama tradition. The Śāktāgamas represent the wisdom imparted by Devī to Īśvara and convey the idea that the worship of Śakti is the means to attain liberation. According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Śāktatantras are divided into to four parts, the Ucchiṣṭa-tantra belonging to the Bhūta class.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट) is a Sanskrit word referring to “leavings” (referring to food). The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 4.211)

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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट) is the name of an Āgama or Tantra mentioned in the Kakṣapuṭatantra  verse 1.5-7.—“At a previous time, when Pārvatī asked him, Śaṅkara told of the attainments of vidyā in the wide worldly life, in various ways. I observed each teaching taught also by the troops of Gods, Siddhas (those who have attained supernatural power), Munis (saints), Deśikas (spiritual teachers), and Sādhakas (tantric practicioners). They are [, for example]: Ucchiṣṭa... I shall carefully extract all the above-mentioned āgamas, which are transmitted from mouth to mouth, like butter extracted from coagulated milk”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: The Power of Tantra

1) Ucchiṣṭa (or śeṣa) is a technical term used in the Vedic sacrifice to refer to that portion of the victim that is “left over” once all the offerings have been made. Like leftovers generally in India, it is considered impure and polluting; but at the same time, it is also considered to be the powerful “seed” that gives birth to the next sacrifice.

2) The term Ucchiṣṭa has a number of complex meanings, most of them quite negative and tied to profound impurity. These include “left, rejected, stale, spit out of the mout (as remnants of food)... one who has not washed his hands and mouth and therefore is considered impure, impure, that which is spit out, leavings, fragments remainder (especially of a sacrifice or food).”

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट).—p (S) Corruptly ucciṣṭa p Left, rejected, left of a meal; leavings, orts, offals. 2 fig. Used and left, i. e. enjoyed, occupied, worn &c. before.

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

ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट).—p Left, rejected, Enjoyed before. n Leavings, orts, offals.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट).—p. p.

1) Left as a remainder

2) Rejected, abandoned; अन्° (an°) R.12.15.

3) Stale; °कल्पना (kalpanā) stale idea or invention.

4) Unholy, impure; उच्छिष्टं तु यवक्रीतम- पकृष्टकमण्डलुम् (ucchiṣṭaṃ tu yavakrītama- pakṛṣṭakamaṇḍalum) Mb.3.136.14.

5) (Used actively). One who has not washed his mouth and hands after meals, and hence considered impure; न चोच्छिष्टः क्वचिद् व्रजेत् (na cocchiṣṭaḥ kvacid vrajet) Ms.2.56;

-ṣṭam 1 Leaving, fragments remainder, (especially of food or sacrifice); उच्छिष्टमपि चामेध्यम् (ucchiṣṭamapi cāmedhyam) Bg.17.1; नोच्छिष्टं कस्यचिद्दद्यात् (nocchiṣṭaṃ kasyaciddadyāt) Ms.2.56.; so द्विज°, गृध्र° (dvija°, gṛdhra°).

2) Honey.

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

Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट).—mfn.

(-ṣṭaḥ-ṣṭā-ṣṭaṃ) 1. Left, rejected as food; (i. e. spit out of the mouth, or orts, crumbs, fragments, &c.) 2. Left, abandoned. E. ut up, śiṣ to leave as a residue, and kta aff.

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

Ucchiṣṭa (उच्छिष्ट).—[adjective] left, rejected, impure ([person and thing]). [neuter] leavings, [especially] of the sacrificial food; [abstract] † [feminine]

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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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