Yuganta, Yugānta, Yuga-anta, Yugamta: 18 definitions


Yuganta 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Yugānta (युगान्त) refers to the “close of the Yugas”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.39.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] thanks to the power of Śiva, the fistful Kuśa grass of the sage became the divine trident equal in potentiality to the fire of the god of death. That trident of Śaiva nature blazing around with the lustre exceeding the fire at the close of the Yugas (i.e., yugānta) wanted to burn the armed Gods”.

2) Yugānta (युगान्त) refers to the “end of the shafts” (of a chariot), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.8 (“The detailed description of the chariot etc.”).—Accordingly, as Sanatkumāra narrated to Vyāsa: “The divine chariot of lord Śiva consisting of all the worlds was built by Viśvakarman with devoted effort. [...] The firmament constituted the fender of the chariot; Heaven and salvation the flag staffs; Abhṛamu (Abhramu?) and Kāmadhenu constituted its harrows at the end of the shafts (yugānta) [yugāntakoṭitau tasya bhramakāmadughau smṛtau]. The unmanifest principle formed their shaft and cosmic intellect the chariot’s reeds. The cosmic Ego cosmic corners and elements its strength. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Yugānta (युगान्त).—Description of terrible state of, towards the end of a yuga.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 144. 65-87.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Yugānta (युगान्त) means “at the end of the age”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] The goddess appeared (jātā) on mount (mandara) Pulinda, as did the wise Siddha. The two made love and achieved success and whoever they looked at also attained the supreme plane. They became invisible again at the end of the Age (yugānta)”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Yugānta (युगान्त) refers to the “end of the world”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 11), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The Ketus or comets that appear bright like the moon, silver, snow, white jasmine and the white water lily are the sons of the moon; they appear in the north and are in number; when they appear mankind will be happy. A single comet possessing three tails and three colours is called Brahmadaṇḍa (born of the creator); it appears anywhere; when it appears the world will come to an end [i.e., yugānta-kara]. Thus have been stated briefly 101 Ketus and we will now proceed to state clearly the 1,000 Ketus already referred to”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Yugānta (युगान्त) refers to one of the various Grahas and Mahāgrahas mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Yugānta).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yuganta in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

yuganta : (m.) the end of an age or generation.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Yuganta refers to: (-vāta) (storm at) the end of an age (of men or the world), whirlwind J. I, 26.

Note: yuganta is a Pali compound consisting of the words yuga and anta.

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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

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yugānta (युगांत).—m (S) The end or termination of a yuga.

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

yugānta (युगांत).—m The termination of a yuga.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Yugānta (युगान्त).—

1) the end of the yoke.

2) the end of an age, end or destruction of the world; युगान्तकालप्रति- संहृतात्मनो जगन्ति यस्यां सविकासमासत (yugāntakālaprati- saṃhṛtātmano jaganti yasyāṃ savikāsamāsata) Śiśupālavadha 1.23; R.13.6.

3) meridian, mid-day.

Derivable forms: yugāntaḥ (युगान्तः).

Yugānta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yuga and anta (अन्त).

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

Yugānta (युगान्त).—m.

(-ntaḥ) 1. A destruction of the universe. 2. The end of an age. 3. Mid-day, noon. 4. The end of a yoke. E. yuga an age, either generally or individually, and anta end.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yugānta (युगान्त).—m. 1. the end of an age. 2. a destruction of the universe.

Yugānta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yuga and anta (अन्त).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yugānta (युगान्त).—[masculine] the end of a yoke or of an age.

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

1) Yugānta (युगान्त):—[from yuga > yuj] m. the end of the yoke, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] the meridian (tam adhirūḍhaḥ savitā = it is noontime), [Śakuntalā]

3) [v.s. ...] the end of a generation, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] the end of an age or Yuga, destruction of the world, [Rāmāyaṇa; Harivaṃśa] etc.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yugānta (युगान्त):—[yugā+nta] (kaḥ) 1. m. End of an age; destruction of the universe.

[Sanskrit to German]

Yuganta in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Yugāṃta (ಯುಗಾಂತ):—

1) [noun] end of an era.

2) [noun] the period of the Great Deluge, when the entire unvierse is supposed be destroyed.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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