Utsava; 5 Definition(s)


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Utsava (उत्सव).—Celebrations conducted in temples from olden days. There are Śāstraic (scriptural) injunctions as regards conducting utsavas. Utsava is an indispensable celebration when once the deity (idol) is installed in the temple. Utsava should be celebrated for one day, three days or seven days in the very same month in which the deity was installed, because noncelebration of Utsava will render the installation ineffective. Utsava should be conducted either during Uttarāyaṇa (movement of the sun from south to North) or Viṣu (when the Sun is in the centre) or at a time suitable to the temple authorities who conduct the utsava in Śayana, Upavana or Gṛha. It should commence with auspicious ceremonies like the sowing of seeds of nine varieties of foodgrains, and with dance, song, instrumental music etc.

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Utsava (उत्सव) refers to certain “religious practices” once prevalent in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—The term utsava stands for any festival celebrated in honour of a deity or season, or to commemorate some important event.

Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

utsava (उत्सव).—m S corruptly utsāva m See the commoner word utsāha.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

utsava (उत्सव).—m Ardour; joy Festival; rejoicing.

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

Utsava (उत्सव).—[ud-sū-ap]

1) A festival, joyous or festive occasion, jubilee; रत° (rata°) Ś.6.2; ताण्डव° (tāṇḍava°) festive or joyous dance. U.3.18 (v. l.); Ms.3.59.

2) Joy, merriment, delight, pleasure; स कृत्वा विरतोत्सवान् (sa kṛtvā viratotsavān) R.4.78,16.1; Mv.3.41; Ratn.1.23; Śi.2.61; पराभवोप्युत्सव एव मानिनाम् (parābhavopyutsava eva māninām) Ki.1.41.

3) Height, elevation.

4) Wrath,

5) Wish, rising of a wish. तावुभौ नरशार्दूलौ त्वद्दर्शनकृतोत्सवौ (tāvubhau naraśārdūlau tvaddarśanakṛtotsavau) Rām.5.35.23.

6) A section of a book.

7) Enterprise.

8) An undertaking, beginning.

Derivable forms: utsavaḥ (उत्सवः).

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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