Uksha, Ukṣa, Ūkṣā: 10 definitions


Uksha 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 Ukṣa and Ūkṣā can be transliterated into English as Uksa or Uksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Ūkṣā (ऊक्षा) is another name for Ṛṣabhaka, a medicinal plant possibly identified with Microstylis muscifera Ridley which is a synonym of Malaxis muscifera (Lindl.) or “fly bearing malaxis” from the Orchidaceae or “orchid” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.14-16 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The fifth chapter (parpaṭādi-varga) of this book enumerates sixty varieties of smaller plants (kṣudra-kṣupa). Together with the names Ūkṣā and Ṛṣabhaka, there are a total of twenty Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Ukṣa (उक्ष) or Ukṣāsana is the name of a posture (āsana), according to chapter 2.1 [ajitanātha-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.

Accordingly, “the elephant of kings (i.e., Vimalavāhana) dismounted from the elephant’s shoulder and entered the garden, like a lion a mountain-cave. [...] He saw monks there, too, [...] some engaged in kāyotsarga, and some in ukṣa-posture, indifferent to the body, who had carried out their vows in the midst of numerous attacks, like soldiers in battles, victorious over internal enemies, enduring trials, powerful from penance and meditation [...] The King, with devotion sprouted in the guise of horripilation, as it were, approached Ācārya Arindama and paid homage to him”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ukṣa (उक्ष).—a. [ukṣ-ac]

1) Sprinkling.

2) Sprinkled.

3) Large.

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

Ukṣa (उक्ष).—m. (false Sanskrit for Pali, AMg. ukkhā, each re-corded once, compare Pischel 194, or for Sanskrit ukhā), pot, vessel: Lalitavistara 324.13 (verse) udaro mūtrapurīṣasaṃcayo asucokṣaḥ, the belly is a heap of urine and dung, a vessel of impurities. Is the masc. gender due to assimilation to udara, in this isolated occurrence?

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

Ukṣa (उक्ष).—mfn.

(-kṣaḥ-kṣā-kṣaṃ) 1. Cleansed, washed. 2. Wet, moist. E. ukṣ to wet, affix ap.

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

1) Ukṣa (उक्ष):—[from ukṣ] a mfn. large, [Nirukta, by Yāska]

2) [v.s. ...] ifc. = ukṣan below (See jātokṣa, bṛhad-ukṣa, etc.)

3) [from ukṣ] b (in [compound] for ukṣan).

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

Ukṣa (उक्ष):—[(kṣaḥ-kṣā-kṣaṃ) a.] Cleansed, washed.

[Sanskrit to German]

Uksha 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ukṣa (ಉಕ್ಷ):—

1) [noun] the uncastrated male of domestic cattle, Bos taurus; a bull.

2) [noun] a northern constellation between Aries and Orion containing the Hyades and the Pleiades star clusters, the Crab nebula, and Aldebaran; the Taurus.

3) [noun] the second sign of the zodiac.

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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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