Uttarayana, aka: Uttarāyaṇa, Uttarāyana, Uttara-ayana; 10 Definition(s)
Uttarayana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Uttarāyana (उत्तरायन) is the name of a festival that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Uttarāyana proceeds as follows: For this ceremony are prescribed: Bath of the image of Viṣṇu or Śiva in purified butter; worship of stone image (of Viṣṇu or Śiva) with purified butter for three months; and gifts of purified butter, images made of purified butter, fuel and grass (for the cows) to be given to the twice-borns.Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary studySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)
Uttarāyaṇa (उत्तरायण).—(or udagayana) Sun's northward journey from winter solstice to summer solstice. Note: Uttarāyaṇa is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
Uttarāyana (उत्तरायन).—Winter solstice is known as Uttarāyana or Makara-Saṃkrānti. The word Uttarāyana, as in the original Sūryasiddhānta text, was initially meant to indicate the six month’s period when the sun moves to the north, but in later course, the date of winter solstice also came to acquire this name.Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity (jyotisha)
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.
India history and geogprahy
Uttarāyana (उत्तरायन, “winter solstice”) is regarded an auspicious day. In Buddhism too, it seems to have some significance. For example, Kaṇiṣka the Kuṣāṇa king who was a great patron of Buddhism and Buddhist art selected the day of Makara-Saṇkrānti for his royal enthronement. The Hindus celebrate this day as a major festival known variously as Uttarāyana, Makara-Saṇkrānti, Lohaṛī, Pomgal, Bhogali Bihu, and so on.Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity
Uttara-ayaṇa.—(IA 17; SII 1), the winter solstice; the period during which the sun gradually moves from south to north; cf. dakṣiṇa-ayana. Note: uttara-ayaṇa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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.
Languages of India and abroad
uttarāyaṇa (उत्तरायण).—n (S) The northing of the sun or other heavenly body; progress northwards from the tropic of Capricorn.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
uttarāyaṇa (उत्तरायण).—n The northing of the sun progress of the sun northward from the tropic of Capricorn.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
Uttarāyana (उत्तरायन).—(°yaṇaṃ. na being changed to ṇa)
1) the progress of the sun to the north (of the equator); अग्निर्ज्योतिरहः शुक्लः षण्मासा उत्तरायणम् (agnirjyotirahaḥ śuklaḥ ṣaṇmāsā uttarāyaṇam) Bg.8.24. cf. भानोर्मकरसंक्रान्तेः षण्मासा उत्तरायणम् । कर्कादेस्तु तथैव स्यात् षण्मासा दक्षिणायनम् (bhānormakarasaṃkrānteḥ ṣaṇmāsā uttarāyaṇam | karkādestu tathaiva syāt ṣaṇmāsā dakṣiṇāyanam) ||
2) the period or time of the summer solstice.
Derivable forms: uttarāyanam (उत्तरायनम्).
Uttarāyana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms uttara and ayana (अयन).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-ṇaṃ) The period of the sun’s progress to the north of the equator, the summer solstice. E. uttara the north, and ayana going, progress.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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