Uttarashadha, Uttarāṣāḍhā, Uttara-ashadha: 10 definitions

Introduction

Uttarashadha means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Uttarāṣāḍhā can be transliterated into English as Uttarasadha or Uttarashadha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Uttarāṣāḍha (पूर्वाषाढ):—Name for a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Uttarāṣāḍhanakṣatra. Nakṣatra means “Lunar mansion” and corresponds to a specific region of the sky through which the moon passes each day. Uttarāṣāḍha means “second of the aṣāḍhā” (where aṣāḍhā means “the invincible one” being the name of a constellation) and is associated with the deity known as Viśvadeva (All divinities). The presiding Lord of this lunar house is Sūrya (Sun).

Indian zodiac: |26°40' Dhanuṣa| – |10° Makara|
Dhanuṣa (धनुष, “bow”) corresponds with Sagittarius and Makara (मकर, “sea-monster”) corresponds with Capricorn.

Western zodiac: |22°40' Capricorn| – |6° Aquarius|
Capricorn corresponds with Makara (मकर, “sea-monster”) and Aquarius corresponds with Kumbha (कुम्भ, “pitcher”).

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Uttarāṣāḍha (उत्तराषाढ).—An asterism.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 82. 11.
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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Uttarāṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढा) refers to the twenty-first 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., uttarāṣāḍhā) 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.

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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.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: 4harmony: Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra Day

Uttara Ashadha, different than previous Purva Ashadha nakshatra has much more calm and balance energy. It represents „later victory”. This star grant us the power of undefeated victory – but only when we are patient enough to reach our goal, and if our aim is righteous, taking into consideration goodness of all.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Uttarāṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढा) refers to one of the twenty-seven constellations (nakṣatra) according to according to Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter XIV).—Uttarāṣāḍhā is the Sanskrit equivalent of Chinese Teou, Tibetan Chu-smad and modern Sagittarii.

Uttarāṣāḍhā is classified in the fourth group: “The moon revolves around the earth in 28 days. If the moon enters one of the nine following constellations (eg., Uttarāṣāḍhā), then at that moment the earth trembles as if it would collapse and this trembling extends as far as Devendra. Then peace (yogakṣema) is plentiful, rain favors the growth of the five grains, the emperor is kind (śiva), the great ministers are virtuous and everyone is peaceful”.

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

uttarāṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढा).—f (S) The twenty-first of the lunar mansions.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

uttarāṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढा).—f The twenty first of the lunar mansions.

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Uttarāṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढा).—

1) the 21st lunar mansion consisting of three stars.

2) Name of bread-fruit or Jak tree (Mar. phaṇasa).

Uttarāṣāḍhā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms uttara and āṣāḍhā (आषाढा).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Uttarāśāḍhā (उत्तराशाढा).—f.

(-ḍhā) One of the lunar mansions. E. See uttarāṣāḍhā.

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Uttarāṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढा).—f.

(-ḍhā) The twenty-first of the lunar mansions, figured by an elephant’s tooth or a bed, and containing two stars, one of which is in Sagittarius. E. uttara subsequent, and āṣāḍhā the constellation; to distinguish it from asterism, twentieth: see pūrvāṣāḍhā and āṣāḍhā.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Uttarāṣāḍhā (उत्तराषाढा):—[from uttara > ut-tama] f. Name of a lunar mansion (cf. aṣāḍhā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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