Unmada, aka: Unmāda, Unmadā; 11 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Unmāda (उन्माद, “insanity”).—One of the thirty-three vyabhicāribhāva (transitory states), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 7. These ‘transitory states’ accompany the ‘permanent state’ in co-operation. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature. (Also see the Daśarūpa 4.8-9)

2) Unmāda (उन्माद, “insanity”) refers to the seventh of the ten stages of love (kāma) arising in a woman (strī) and men (puṃs) alike, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Unmāda (उन्माद, “insanity”) is caused by determinants (vibhāva) such as death of beloved persons, loss of wealth, stroke of adversity, derangement of [the three humours]: wind (vāta), biles (pitta), phelgm (śleṣmā), and the like. It is to be represented on the stage by laughing, weeping, crying, talking, lying down, sitting, running, dancing, singing and reciting [something] without any reason, smearing [the body] with ashes and dust, taking grass, Nirmālya. soiled cloth, tags, potsherd and earthen tray as decoration [of the body], many other senseless acts, and imitation of others.

2) Unmāda (उन्माद).—One of the ten stages of love (kāma);—When a woman introduces topic about him (i.e. the beloved) on all occasions and hates all other males, it is a case of Insanity (unmāda). To represent Insanity one should sometime look with a steadfast gaze, sometimes heave a deep sigh, sometimes be absorbed within oneself and sometimes weep at the usual time for recreation.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Unmadā (उन्मदा).—A celestial woman. Became a woman by the curse of Uravaśī. Haṃsa, the King of Gandharvas (semi-gods) had a general of the army called Durmada. He was a dangler. He had an eye on Urvaśī. She was the wife of Purūravas a famous King. On several occasions Durmada followed Urvaśī, with lustful desire. He had expressed his amour for her on several occasions. But Urvaśī did not pay any heed to his words. (See full article at Story of Unmadā from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Unmāda (उन्माद).—A son of Nārāyaṇa and Śrī. Father of Saṃśaya.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 11. 3.

1b) A group of evil spirits;1 a class of daityas.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa X. 6. 28.
  • 2) Ib. II. 10. 39.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Unmāda (उन्माद) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.27, IX.44.47) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Unmāda) 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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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

Unmāda (उन्माद) refers to “psychosis”. Medicinal formulations in the management of this condition include 9 references of Vatsanābha usages. Guṭikā is maximum (7) dosage form in the management of Unmāda. Vatsanābha (Aconitum ferox), although categorized as sthāvara-viṣa (vegetable poisons), has been extensively used in ayurvedic pharmacopoeia.

Source: Research Gate: Internal applications of Vatsanabha (Aconitum ferox wall)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

unmāda (उन्माद).—m (S) Arrogance, haughtiness, extravagant conceit. 2 Intoxicating influence or power (of spirits, drugs, riches, honors).

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

unmāda (उन्माद).—m Arrogance, haughtiness, ex- travagant conceit. Intoxicating in- fluence.

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

Unmada (उन्मद).—a.

1) Intoxicated, drunk; उदीरयामासुरिवोन्मदानाम् (udīrayāmāsurivonmadānām) R.2.9,16.54.

2) Mad, furious, extravagant; Śi.1. 4; उन्मदसारसारवः (unmadasārasāravaḥ) 12.44,77;16.59.

3) Causing intoxication, intoxicating; मधुकराङ्गनया मुहुरुन्मदध्वनिभृता निभृताक्षर- मुज्जगे (madhukarāṅganayā muhurunmadadhvanibhṛtā nibhṛtākṣara- mujjage) Śi.6.2.

-daḥ 1 Insanity.

2) Intoxication, ecstacy; कृतमनुकृतवत्य उन्मदान्धाः प्रकृतिमगन्किल यस्य गोपवध्वः (kṛtamanukṛtavatya unmadāndhāḥ prakṛtimagankila yasya gopavadhvaḥ) Bhāg.1.9.4.

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Unmāda (उन्माद).—a.

1) Mad, insane.

2) Extravagant.

-daḥ 1 Madness, insanity; अहो उन्मादः (aho unmādaḥ) U.3; Māl.9.

2) Intense passion, intoxication or extravagance of love; Māl.3,2.11; वीररभसोन्मादः (vīrarabhasonmādaḥ) Mv.2.22 rapturous joy.

3) Lunacy, mania (considered as a disease of the mind); मदयन्त्युद्धता दोषा यस्मादुन्मार्गमाश्रिताः । मानसोऽयमतो व्याधिरुन्माद इति कीर्तितः (madayantyuddhatā doṣā yasmādunmārgamāśritāḥ | mānaso'yamato vyādhirunmāda iti kīrtitaḥ) || Suśr.

4) (In Rhet.) Madness considered as one of the 33 subordinate feelings; चित्त- संमोह उन्मादः कामशोकभयादिभिः (citta- saṃmoha unmādaḥ kāmaśokabhayādibhiḥ) S. D.3; or according to R. G. विप्रलम्भमहापत्तिपरमानन्दादिजन्माऽन्यस्मिन्नन्यावभास उन्मादः (vipralambhamahāpattiparamānandādijanmā'nyasminnanyāvabhāsa unmādaḥ).

5) Bloom; उन्मादं वीक्ष्य पद्मानाम् (unmādaṃ vīkṣya padmānām) S. D.2.

6) A kind of पिशाच (piśāca); Bhāg.2.1.39.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Unmada (उन्मद).—m., n. of a demon that causes madness: Mvy 4760 = Tibetan smyo byed. Cf. Unmāda, in similar list of demons.

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Unmāda (उन्माद).—n. of a class of demons (causing madness), = Unmada, which occurs in a similar list: Māy 219.9 etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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