Ugra, aka: Ugrā; 17 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Ugra (उग्र) refers to one of the twenty-two quarters tones (śruti) existing within an octave, according to the Saṅgīta-ratnākara (“ocean of music and dance”). This work is an important Sanskrit treatise dealing with ancient Indian musicology (gāndharva-śāstra), composed by Śārṅgadeva in the 13th century and deals with both Carnatic and Hindustani music. Ugra has a frequency of 441.4931Hz.

Source: Wisdom Library: Saṅgītaśiromaṇi

Ugra (उग्र) 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., Ugra) various roles suitable to them.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

A type of glance (or facial expression): Ugra (fierce): very wide open, a httle red at the comers. Usage: ferocity.

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Ugra (उग्र):—One of the eight names of Rudra, given to him by Brahmā, according to the Pādma-purāṇa. This aspect became the presiding deity over the brāhmaṇas who had performed sacrifices. The corresponding name of the consort is Dīkṣā. His son is called Santāna.

Source: Wisdom Library: Elements of Hindu Iconograpy

Ugrā (उग्रा, “mighty”).—Illustration of Ugrā-śruti according to 15th century art:—The colour of her body is golden. She holds a flower in her right hand and a vīṇā in the left. The colour of her bodice is green and the scarf is rosy with a crimson-coloured design and the golden border; the lower garment is sky-blue with a black-coloured design.

The illustrations (of, for example Ugrā) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

Source: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Ugra (उग्र) is a Sanskrit word referring to either 1) “one who does cruel deeds”, or 2) “one who is born of a Kṣatriya father and Vaiśya mother”, or 3) “a king”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 4.212)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Ugra (उग्र) is the name of a special sub-caste. In the Veda, the term is applied to a kind of king, one who forms the central link in the chain of the king’s alliance. There is no other prohibition regarding such a king; it is only in course of showing the evils arising from eating the food of such kings that we rend—‘the food given by kings deprives one of one’s energy,’ from which some sort of prohibition may be inferred. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 4.212)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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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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1) Ugra (उग्र).—A military captain of Śūrapadmāsura, Chief of asuras. In the Vīramahendra Kāṇḍa of Skanda Purāṇa, two warriors, Ugra and Mayūra are reported to have attacked Indrapurī.

2) Ugra (उग्र).—One of the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. (Mahābhārata Ādi Parva, Chapter 67, Verse 103). Bhīmasena killed him (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 64, Verses 34, 35).

3) Ugra (उग्र).—A Yādava prince. The Pāṇḍavas sent to him also an invitation letter to help them in the war. (Mahābhārata Udyoga Parva, Chapter 4, Verse 12).

4) Ugra (उग्र).—A synonym of Lord Śiva. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 17, Verse 100).

5) Ugra (उग्र).—Son of Kavi, the Prajāpati. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 85, Verse 133).

6) Ugra (उग्र).—See under Varṇa.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Ugra (उग्र).—A Rudra; son of Bhūta and Sarūpā;1 an Amitābha deva.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VI. 6. 17; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 34. 41; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 8. 6.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 53.

1b) A Marut of the third gaṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 5. 94; Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 126.

1c) A son of Yātudhāna; father of Vajrahā.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 89 and 92.

1d) A manifestation of Śiva, and the presiding deity of yajamāna (adhivāsa)1 wife Dīkṣā and son Santāna;2 the seventh name of Mahādeva.3

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 265. 41; Vāyu-purāṇa 27. 15.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 27. 55; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 10. 83.
  • 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 10. 16.

1e) An avatār of the lord in the Gaṅgādvāra in the eleventh dvāpara with four sons.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 23. 152.

1f) An Asura.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 1. 24.

2a) Ugrā (उग्रा).—A śakti.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 44. 73.

2b) A piśāca kanyā.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 127.
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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

1) Ugra (उग्र) is the Sanskrit name of a deity presiding over Koṭitīrtha, one of the sixty-eight places hosting a svāyambhuvaliṅga, which is one of the most sacred of liṅgas according to the Śaivāgamas. The list of sixty-eight svāyambhuvaliṅgas and presiding deities (eg., Ugra) is found in the commentary on the Jirṇoddhāra-daśaka by Nigamajñānadeva. The word liṅga refers to a symbol used in the worship of Śiva and is used thoughout Śaiva literature, such as the sacred Āgamas.

2) Ugra (उग्र) refers to one of the “eight lords of divisions” (vigraheśvara) associated with the so-called eight divisions (vigraha) according to the Mataṅgapārameśvara (1.8.83–5). These “eight lords of divisions” are also mentioned in a copper-plate inscription found in Malhar, Chhattisgarh, written around 650 CE. The eight divisions (vigraha) represent the uppermost part of the Lākulas’ impure universe.

All these manifestations of Śiva (eg., Ugra) appear at the borders of various divisions of the universe according to the Lākula system.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śaivism

Ugra (उग्र) is the name of a deity who received the Aṃśumadāgama from Ambu (Aṃśu) through the mahānsambandha relation, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The aṃśumat-āgama, being part of the ten Śivabhedāgamas, refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgamas: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu.

Ugra obtained the Aṃśumadāgama from Ambu (Aṃśu) who in turn obtained it from Sadāśiva through parasambandha. Ugra in turn, transmitted it to Ravi who then, through divya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Aṃśumadāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Ugra (उग्र) refers to an aspect of nṛsiṃha (‘man-lion’), according to the Vihagendra-saṃhitā 4.17, which mentions seventy-four forms (inlcuding twenty forms of vyūha). He is also known as Ugranṛsiṃha or Ugranarasiṃha. Nṛsiṃha is a Tantric deity and refers to the furious (ugra) incarnation of Viṣṇu.

The 15th-century Vihagendra-saṃhīta is a canonical text of the Pāñcarātra corpus and, in twenty-four chapters, deals primarely with meditation on mantras and sacrificial oblations.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Ugrā (उग्रा) or Ugratithi is the name of the fourteenth of fifteen tithis (cycle of time) according to both the Gārgīyajyotiṣa and the Śārdūlakarṇāvadāna. The associated deity for Ugrā according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā is Kali. A tithi was defined as one thirtieth of a synodic month (c. 29.5 days), resulting in an average tithi being slightly less than a day.

Accordingly, “(37) One should know the fourteenth tithi as Ugrā. On this tithi one should perform cruel deeds and capture one's enemies. On this tithi one should avoid travel. (38) One should engage in preemptive attack, horrific killing by poisons and destruction of regional factions (lit. village army). One should know Rudra as the deity on this tithi”.

Source: Tithikarmaguṇa in Gārgīyajyotiṣa
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa 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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Itihasa (narrative history)

Ugra (उग्र) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.108.12) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Ugra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

ugra (उग्र).—a (S) Fierce, ferocious, ogre-like--a person or disposition: frightful or hideous--a countenance, an appearance gen: rough, harsh, savage--speech, a voice: atrocious, appalling, shocking--an act or deed. 2 Strong--a smell: also strong-smelling.

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ugra (उग्र).—m S A mixed tribe, or an individual of it, from a kṣatriya father and śūdra mother.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

ugra (उग्र).—a Fierce, ferocious. Rough. Strong- smelling. Frightful.

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

Ugra (उग्र).—a. [uc-ran gaścāntādeśaḥ Uṇ.2.28]

1) Fierce, cruel, ferocious, savage (as a look &c.); °दर्शनः (darśanaḥ) having a fierce or cruel look.

2) Formidable, terrific, frightful; सिंहनिपातमुग्रम् (siṃhanipātamugram) R.2.5; Bg.11.3; Ms.6.75,12.75; °दन्तः, °नासिकः (dantaḥ, °nāsikaḥ) &c.

3) Powerful, mighty, strong, violent, intense; उग्रातपां वेलाम् (ugrātapāṃ velām) Ś.3 intensely hot. उग्रशोकाम् (ugraśokām) Me.115 v. l.; निखिलरसायनराजो गन्धेनोग्रेण लशुन इव (nikhilarasāyanarājo gandhenogreṇa laśuna iva) Bv. Sharp, pungent, hot,

5) High, noble. यत्र भगवानास्ते वाल्मीकिसुग्रधीः (yatra bhagavānāste vālmīkisugradhīḥ) Rām.7.49.1.

6) Angry, passionate, wrathful.

7) Ready to do any work, industrious.

-graḥ 1 Name of Śiva or Rudra; जघ्नेऽद्भुतैणवपुषाऽऽश्रमतोऽ- पकृष्टो मारीचमाशु विशिखेन यथा कमुग्रः (jaghne'dbhutaiṇavapuṣā''śramato'- pakṛṣṭo mārīcamāśu viśikhena yathā kamugraḥ) Bhāg.9.1.1.

2) Name of a mixed tribe, descendant of a Kṣatriya father and Śūdra mother (his business being to catch or kill animals dwelling in holes, such as snakes; cf. kṣatriyācchūdrakanyāyāṃ krūrācāravihāravān | kṣatraśūdra- vapurjanturugro nāma prajāyate || Ms.1.9,13,15.).

3) Name of a tree शोभाञ्जनवृक्ष (śobhāñjanavṛkṣa) (Mar. śevagā).

4) A group of five asterisms; their names are :पूर्वाफल्गुनी, पूर्वाषाढा, पूर्वाभाद्रपदा, मघा (pūrvāphalgunī, pūrvāṣāḍhā, pūrvābhādrapadā, maghā) and भरणी (bharaṇī).

5) Name of a country called Kerala (Modern Malabar).

6) The sentiment called रौद्र (raudra).

7) Wind.

8) A royal attendant (like ugra tribe); उग्राः प्रत्येनसः सूतग्रामण्यः (ugrāḥ pratyenasaḥ sūtagrāmaṇyaḥ) Bṛ. Up.4.3.37.

-grā 1 Name of different plants; वचा, यवानी, धन्याक (vacā, yavānī, dhanyāka). (Mar. vekhaṃḍa, ovā, methī).

2) A cruel woman.

-grī A kind of being belonging to the class of demons; य उग्रीणामुग्रबाहुर्ययुः (ya ugrīṇāmugrabāhuryayuḥ) Av.4.24.2.

-gram 1 A certain deadly poison, the root of Aconitum Ferox (vatsanābhaviṣam; Mar. bacanāga).

2) Wrath, anger.

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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