Uttaraphalguni, aka: Uttaraphalgunī, Uttara-phalguni; 4 Definition(s)
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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)
Uttaraphalgunī (उत्तरफल्गुनी):—Name for a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Uttaraphalgunīnakṣatra. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Uttaraphalgunī means “the second (reddish) one” and is associated with the deity known as Aryamā (God of vows). The presiding Lord of this lunar house is Sūrya (Sun).
Indian zodiac: |26°40' Siṃha| – |10° Kanyā|
Siṃha (सिंह, “lion”) corresponds with Leo and Kanyā (कन्या, “girl”) corresponds with Virgo.
Western zodiac: |22°40' Virgo| – |6° Libra|
Virgo corresponds with Kanyā (कन्या, “girl”) and Libra corresponds with Tulā (तुला, “balance”).
Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Uttaraphālguṇī (उत्तरफाल्गुणी) refers to the twelfth of twenty-seven constellations (ṛkṣa), according to the Mānasāra. Ṛkṣa is the third of the āyādiṣaḍvarga, or “six principles” that constitute the “horoscope” of an architectural or iconographic object. Their application is intended to “verify” the measurements of the architectural and iconographic object against the dictates of astrology that lay out the conditions of auspiciousness.
The particular nakṣatra, also known as ṛkṣa (eg., uttaraphālguṇī) of all architectural and iconographic objects (settlement, building, image) must be calculated and ascertained. This process is based on the principle of the remainder. An arithmetical formula to be used in each case is stipulated, which engages one of the basic dimensions of the object (breadth, length, or perimeter/circumference). In the context of village planning and measurement, the text sates that among the stars (ṛkṣa), the ones that are pūrṇa (odd), are auspicious and the ones that are karṇa (even), inauspicious.(Source): Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra
Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Uttaraphālgunī (उत्तरफाल्गुनी) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Uttaraphālgunī is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Yi, Tibetan Dbo and modern Leonis.
Uttaraphālgunī is classified in the third group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the six following constellations (eg., Uttaraphālgunī), then at that moment the earth trembles as if it would collapse, this trembling extends as far as the Garuḍa. Then there is no more rain, the rivers dry up, the year is bad for grain, the emperor (T’ien tseu) is cruel and the great ministers are unjust”.(Source): Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
Languages of India and abroad
uttarāphālgunī (उत्तराफाल्गुनी).—f (S) The twelfth lunar mansion.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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