Uttama, aka: Uttamā; 14 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Uttamā (उत्तमा):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Uttama (उत्तम) 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., Uttama) various roles suitable to them.

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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Uttama in Purana glossary... « previous · [U] · next »

Uttama (उत्तम, “superioir”) refers to a classifications of maṇḍapa (halls attached to the temple), according to the Matsya-purāṇa (verses 270.1-30). The Matsyapurāṇa is one of the eighteen major purāṇas dating from the 1st-millennium BCE.

Source: Wisdom Library: Purāṇas

Uttama (उत्तम).—A King born in the dynasty of Svāyambhuva Manu who had two famous sons, of whom Priyavrata married Surūpā and Barhiṣmatī, two daughters of Viśvakarmā. Priyavrata begot three children, Uttama Tāmasa and Raivata by his wife Barhiṣmatī. These three sons attained exceptional prowess and became lords of the ages of Manu (Manvantarādhipatis). Priyavrata, with his children ruled the country in all happiness and prosperity for ten crores of years. (Devī Bhāgavata, 8th Skandha). Uttānapāda, the second son of Svāyambhuvamanu begot one son, Uttama by his wife Suruci and another son Dhruva by his wife Sunīti. (See under Dhruva). (Viṣṇu Purāṇa, Part 1, Chapter 11).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Uttama (उत्तम).—A favourite son of Suruci and Uttānapāda. Was embraced by Dhruva after his return from tapas. It was predicted that he would be killed by an Yakṣa in a hunting expedition, and that his mother going in search of him would die by falling into a forest fire. So it happened.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 8. 9 & 19; 9. 23 & 48; 10. 3; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 11. 2.

1b) A son of Priyavrata, and a manvantaraadhipati. He was Manu, the third. His sons were Pavana and others. In his epoch Pramada and other sons of Vasiṣṭha were the seven sages. The gods were Satyas, Vedaśrutas and Bhadras. Satyajit was Indra.1 According to Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa Suśānti was Indra; served as calf to milk the earth in that epoch.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 1. 28; VIII. 1. 23-24; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 6, 24.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 3 & 25, 37 & 41; 37. 16; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 13-15.

1c) One of the seven hills of Śālmalidvīpa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 19. 36.

1d) The twenty-first Vedavyāsa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 35. 122.

1e) A Bhārgava, and a sage of the Cākṣuṣa epoch.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 77.

1f) The father of Satyas.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 67. 36.

1g) A sage of the Cākṣuṣa epoch.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 28.
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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

1) Uttama (उत्तम).—The best,the highest,the last:

2) Uttama.—The last letter of the consonantclasses, the nasal; cf, A.Pr.II.4.14; R.Pr.IV.3; cf. also अनुत्तम (anuttama) meaning non-nasal;

3) Uttama.—The उत्तमपुरुष (uttamapuruṣa) or the premier or the first person constituting the affixes मि, वस् (mi, vas) and मस् (mas) and their substitutes, cf. P.I.4.107.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

1. Uttama - Author of the Balavatara tika and the Lingatthavivaranatika. He was a native of Pagan. Gv.63, 73; see also Bode, op. cit., 22 and n.1.

2. Uttama - The name given to a cetiya connected with Sikhi Buddha. Asanatthavika Thera, in a previous birth, came across this cetiya while wandering in the forest and did obeisance to it. Ap.i.255.

3. Uttama - A general of Manabharana. He was defeated at Vacavataka by Rakkha. Cv.lxx.295.

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1. Uttama - A theri. She was born in a bankers family in Savatthi and, having heard Patacara preach, entered the Order. She could not attain the climax of her insight, till Patacara, seeing the state of her mind, gave her admonition. Uttama thereupon became an arahant (Thig.vv.42-4; ThigA.46ff).

According to the Apadana (quoted in ThigA.) she joined the Order at the age of seven and attained arahantship within a fortnight.

In the time of Vipassi Buddha she had been a slave girl in a house in Bandhumati. At that time King Bandhuma (Vipassis father) kept fast days, gave alms and attended sermons, and the people followed his pious example. The slave girl joined in these pious acts, and on account of her thoroughness in the observance of fast days, she was, after death, reborn in Tavatimsa. She became the chief queen of the king of the devas sixty four times, and she was a Cakkavattis wife in sixty three births.

She is evidently identical with Ekuposathika of the Apadana. Ap.ii.522f.

2. Uttama - A theri. She was the daughter of an eminent Brahmin of Kosala. Having heard the Buddha preach during one of his tours, she left the world and soon won arahantship. She, too, had been a slave girl in Bandhumati in Vipassis time. One day, seeing an arahant seeking alms, she gladly offered him cakes (Thig.vv.45-7; ThigA.49f).

She is probably identical with Modakadayika of the Apadana (ii.524f).

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Uttama (उत्तम, “best”) or Utkṛṣṭa refers to a classification of a śrāvaka (laymen), based on his progress through the pratimās, according to Āśādhara. Uttama refers to the tenth and eleventh pratimās, also known as a Bhikṣuka.

Source: archive.org: Jaina Yoga
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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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India history and geogprahy

Uttama (“best”) is one of the gotras (clans) among the Kurnis (a tribe of South India). Kurni is, according to the Census Report 1901, “a corruption of kuri (sheep) and vanni (wool), the caste having been originally weavers of wool”. The gotras (viz., Uttama) are described as being of the Brāhman, Kshatriya, and Vaisya sub-divisions of the caste, and of Shanmukha’s Sudra caste.

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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uttama : (adj.) highest; best; noble; excellent.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Uttama, (adj.) (superl. of ud°, to which compar. is uttara. See etym. under ud°) “ut-most”, highest, greatest, best Sn. 1054 (dhammaṃ uttamaṃ the highest ideal = Nibbāna, for which seṭṭhan Sn. 1064; cp. Nd2 317); Dh. 56; Nd1 211; Nd2 502 (in paraphrase of mahā combd. with pavara); KhA 124; DhA. I, 430: PvA. 1, 50.—dum-uttama a splendid tree Vv 393; nar° the best of men Sn. 1021 (= narāsabha of 996); pur° the most magnificent town Sn. 1012; puris° the noblest man Th. 1, 629, 1084; nt. uttamaṃ the highest ideal, i.e. Arahantship J. I, 96.

—aṅga the best or most important limb or part of the body, viz. (a) the head Vin. II, 256 = M. I, 32 = A. IV, 278 (in phrase uttamaṅge sirasmiṃ); J. II, 163; also in cpd. °bhūta the hair of the head Th. 2, 253 (= kesa-kalāpa ThA. 209, 210) & °ruha id. J. I, 138 = VI, 96 (= kesā C.); (b) the eye J. IV, 403; (c) the penis J. V, 197. —attha the highest gain or good (i.e. Arahantship SnA 332) Sn. 324; Dh. 386, 403; DhA. IV, 142; ThA. 160. —adhama most contemptible J. V, 394, 437. —guṇā (pl.) loftiest virtues J. I, 96. —purisa It. 97 & —porisa the greatest man (= mahāpurisa) Dh. 97 (see DhA. II, 188). —bhāva the highest condition, state or place DhA. II, 188 (°ṃ patto = puris’‹-› uttamo). (Page 130)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

uttama (उत्तम).—a (S) Excellent, very good, best. 2 First, chief, principal.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

uttama (उत्तम).—a Excellent, best; chief, first.

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

Uttama (उत्तम).—a. [ud-tamap]

1) Best, excellent (oft. in comp.); उत्तमे शिखरे देवी (uttame śikhare devī) Mahānār. Up.15.5. स उत्तमः पुरुषः (sa uttamaḥ puruṣaḥ) Ch. Up.8.12.3. उत्तमः पुरुषस्त्वन्यः (uttamaḥ puruṣastvanyaḥ) Bg.15.17. द्विजोत्तमः (dvijottamaḥ) the best of Brāhmaṇas; so सुर°, नर° (sura°, nara°) &c.; प्रायेणाधममध्यमोत्तमगुणः संसर्गतो जायते (prāyeṇādhamamadhyamottamaguṇaḥ saṃsargato jāyate) Bh.2.67.

2) Foremost, uppermost, highest (opp. hīna, jaghanya).

3) Most elevated, chief, principal.

4) Greatest, first; स गच्छत्युत्तमस्थानम् (sa gacchatyuttamasthānam) Ms.2.249.

-maḥ 1 Name of Viṣṇu.

2) The third person (= first person according to English phraseology). (pl.) Name of a people; Mb.

-mā 1 An excellent woman.

2) A kind of pustule or pimple.

3) The plant Asclepias Rosea Roxb. (dugdhikā; Mar. bhuī- āṃvaḷī, aḷitā).

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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