m. of the brother of queen gāndhārī- (and therefore the brother-in-law of dhṛta-rāṣṭra- and the mātula- or maternal uncle of the kuru- princes;as son of subala-, king of gāndhāra-, he is called saubala-;he often acted as counsellor of duryodhana-, and hence his name is sometimes applied to an old officious relative whose counsels ten to misfortune) etc. (see)
शकुनिः [शक्-उनि] 1 A bird; तरुशकुनिकुरङ्गान् मैथिली यानपुष्यत् U.3.25; Ms.12.63. -2 A vulture, kite or eagle. -3 A cock. -4 N. of a son of Subala, king of Gāndhāra and brother of Gāndharī, wife of Dhṛitarāṣṭra; he was thus the maternal uncle of Duryodhana whom he assisted in many of his wicked schemes to exterminate the Pāṇḍavas. The name is now usually applied to an old wicked-minded relative whose counsels tend
to ruin. -5 N. of a demon killed by Kṛiṣṇa. -Comp. -ईश्वरः N. of Garuḍa. -प्रपा a trough for watering birds. -वादः 1 the cry or sound of a bird. -2 the crowing of a cock.
m. bird (esp. large); N. of an Asura; N. of a king of Gândhâra, son of Subala, and maternal uncle of the Kaurava princes; N. of Asoka's grand father; i-kâ, f. hen-bird; N.; i-vâda, m. first song of birds at dawn (Br.).
‘bird,’ is used practically like śakuna, but with a much clearer reference to divination. It was smaller than the Syena or Suparṇa,1 gave signs,2 and foretold ill-luck.3 When it is mentioned4 in the list of sacrificial victims at the Aśvamedha (‘ horse sacrifice ’), a special species must be meant: later the falcon is so called, but the ‘ raven ’ may be intended ; the commentator on the Taittirīya Samhitā thinks that it is the ‘crow.’ It is mentioned several times elsewhere.
noun (masculine) (in astronomy) name of the first fixed karaṇa (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
a bird (esp. a large bird gridhra or cilla) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a Naga (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of a son of Vikukṣi and grandson of Ikṣvāku (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of an Asura (son of Hiraṇyākṣa and father of Vṛka) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of an evil demon (son of Duḥsaha) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of the Āśvins (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of the brother of queen Gandhārī (and therefore the brother-in-law of Dhṛtarāṣṭra and the Mātula or maternal uncle of the Kuru princes) (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
name of the great-grandfather of Aśoka (Monier-Williams, Sir M. (1988))
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