Abhishecana, Abhisecana, Abhiṣecana: 15 definitions


Abhishecana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali. 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 Abhiṣecana can be transliterated into English as Abhisecana or Abhishecana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Abhishechana.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Abhishecana in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन).—Of Pṛthu.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 8. 2; 10. 10; Vāyu-purāṇa 32. 48.
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (kavya)

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन) refers to the “consecration with water”, according to Kālidāsa’s Raghuvaṃśa verse 8.3-4.—Accordingly: “Having experienced his great consecration with water (mahā-abhiṣecana) gathered by Vasiṣṭha, the earth seemed to express her contentment with clear sighs. When the ritual had been performed for him by the guru who knew the Atharvaveda, he became unassailable by his enemies, for when Brahman is united with the power of weapons it is a union of wind and fire”.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Abhishecana in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन) refers to “sprinkling (blood)”, according to the Svacchanda-tantra.—Accordingly, [verse 4.3-6, while describing the interpretation of dreams]—“In [auspicious] dreams [the dreamer] drinks wine, eats raw flesh, smears insect feces and sprinkles blood (rudhirarudhireṇābhiṣecanam). He eats food of sour milk and smears a white garment. [He holds] a white umbrella over his head, decorates [himself] with a white garland or ribbon. [He sees] a throne, chariot or vehicle, the flag of royal initiation. He decorates [these things] with a coral, betel leaf fruit. [He also] sees Śrī or Sarasvatī”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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

abhisecana : (nt.) consecration; ablution; sprinkling.

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

Abhisecana, (nt.) = abhiseka, viz. (a) ablution, washing off Th.2, 239 & 245 (udaka°). — (b) consecration J.II, 353. (Page 72)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Abhishecana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन).—

1) Sprinkling.

2) Coronation, inauguration; अनुभूय वशिष्ठसंभृतैः सलिलैस्तेन सहाभिषेचनम् (anubhūya vaśiṣṭhasaṃbhṛtaiḥ salilaistena sahābhiṣecanam) R.8.3.

3) Equipment, paraphernalia of coronation; भरतश्चाभि- षिच्येत यदेतदभिषेचनम् । त्वदर्थे विहितं राज्ञा तेन सर्वेण राघव (bharataścābhi- ṣicyeta yadetadabhiṣecanam | tvadarthe vihitaṃ rājñā tena sarveṇa rāghava) || Rām.2.18.36.

Derivable forms: abhiṣecanam (अभिषेचनम्).

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

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Initiation, inauguration. 2. Sprinkling. E. abhi before ṣic to sprinkle, affix lyuṭ.

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

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन).—i. e. abhi -sic + ana, n. Inauguration of a king, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 53, 5.

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

1) Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन):—[=abhi-ṣecana] [from abhi-ṣic] n. sprinkling, [Mahābhārata; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] initiation, inauguration, [Rāmāyaṇa etc.]

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

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन):—[tatpurusha compound] n.

(-nam) The same as abhiṣeka q. v.; e. g. (bathing for religious purposes), Kaṇāda Sūtr.: abhiṣecanopavāsabrahmacaryagurukulavāsavānaprasthayajñadānaprokṣaṇā diṅnakṣatrakālaniyamāścādṛṣṭāya (Upaskāra: abhiṣecanaṃ snānaṃ gaṅgāyām); or (inauguration, consecration) Mahābh. Sāntip.: rāṣṭrasyaitatkṛtyatamaṃ rājña evābhiṣecanam; or Harivaṃśa: na cādhikāro devānāṃ rājendrasyābhiṣecane; or Rāmāy.: rājamārgaḥ kṛtaḥ śrīmānpaurai rāmābhiṣecane. E. sic with abhi, kṛt aff. lyuṭ.

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

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन):—(naṃ) 1. n. Anointing, &c.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Abhiṣecana (अभिषेचन) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Ahisiṃcaṇa.

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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

[«previous next»] — Abhishecana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Abhiṣēcana (ಅಭಿಷೇಚನ):—[noun] = ಅಭಿಷೇಕ [abhisheka].

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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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