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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By M. A. Alwar

Ūrmi means waves.


Ūrmi can be used in feminine as well as masculine form.


It is derived from ṛ + mi by Uṇādi Sūtra from “arterudādeśaśca" which means “The flag flew as if the wave of the heavenly ganges”.[1]


  1. Light
  2. Speed
  3. Destruction
  4. Fold of cloth
  5. Feeling
  6. Sport[2]
  7. Intensity[3]

Textual References[edit]

In Bhāgavata Tīkā[edit]

It has been stated in the bhāgavata ṭīkā that:

“sorrow, love, oldage, death, hunger and thirst are six intensities.”

In Literary Works[edit]

In one of the literary works it has been stated that:

“The longings are of six types: Hunger, thirst, longings of the mind and self, sorrow, love, old age and death of the body”.

By Vaijayantī[edit]

The vaijayantī states that it also stands for six types of a horse’s movement.

“The horses which are ready and ready to run, have great speed and that is known as ūrmi”.

By Māgha[edit]

Māgha uses the bosoms with the pace of ūrmi.


  1. Uṇādi Sūtra 12.54
  2. According to Medinī.
  3. According to Hemacandra.
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu