Ushanas, aka: Uśanas; 6 Definition(s)

Introduction

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The Sanskrit term Uśanas can be transliterated into English as Usanas or Ushanas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Uśanas (उशनस्) is the name of a sage who was in the company of Bharata when he recited the Nāṭyaveda them, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 35. Accordingly, they asked the following questions, “O the best Brahmin (lit. the bull of the twice-born), tell us about the character of the god who appears in the Preliminaries (pūrvaraṅga). Why is the sound [of musical instruments] applied there? What purpose does it serve when applied? What god is pleased with this, and what does he do on being pleased? Why does the Director being himself clean, perform ablution again on the stage? How, O sir, the drama has come (lit. dropped) down to the earth from heaven? Why have your descendants come to be known as Śūdras?”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Uśanas (उशनस्) is the name of an important person (viz., an Ācārya or Kavi) mentioned in Rājaśekhara’s 10th-century Kāvyamīmāṃsā.—Son of sage Bhṛgu. He is known as Sukrācārya and first ācārya of Nītiśāstra. The followers of Uśanas known as Auśanas.

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara
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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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Uśanas (उशनस्).—The teacher Śukra, the son of the hermit Bhṛgu. (See under Śukra).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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)

Ushanas (उशना): Ushanas were appointed as priests of asuras, who knew the science of bringing to life.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uśanas (उशनस्).—m. [vaś-kanasi saṃpra° Uṇ.4.238] (Nom. sing. uśanā; Voc. sing. uśanan, uśana, uśanaḥ) Name of Śukra, regent of the planet Venus, son of Bhṛgu and preceptor of the Asuras. In the Vedas he has the epithet (or patronymic name) Kāvya given to him, probably because he was noted for his wisdom; मित्रावरुणावुशनां काव्यम् (mitrāvaruṇāvuśanāṃ kāvyam) (avathaḥ) Av.4.29.6. cf. कवीनामुशना कविः (kavīnāmuśanā kaviḥ) Bg. 1.37; He is also known as a writer on civil and religious law (Y.1.4). and as an authority on civil polity; शास्त्रमुशनसा प्रणीतम् (śāstramuśanasā praṇītam) Pt.5; अध्यापितस्योशनसापि नीतिम् (adhyāpitasyośanasāpi nītim) Ku.3.6.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uśanas (उशनस्).—m.

(-nāḥ) A name of Sukra, regent of the planet Venus. E. vas to wish, kanasi Unadi aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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