Abhyangasnana, Abhyaṅgasnāna, Abhyanga-snana, Abhyamgasnana: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Abhyangasnana in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Abhyaṅgasnāna (अभ्यङ्गस्नान) refers to an “oil bath” and represents one of the sixteen upacāra, or “sixteen types of homage and services”, as described while explaining the mode of worshipping the phallic form (liṅga) of Śiva in the Śivapurāṇa 1.11. Accordingly, “[...] the devotee shall worship the mobile emblem with the sixteen types of homage and services (upacāra) as prescribed. It accords the region of Śiva gradually. The sixteen types of service are [for example, oil bath (abhyaṅgasnāna)] [...] Or he shall perform all the sixteen rites in the phallic emblem of human, saintly or godly origin, or in one naturally risen up (svayambhū) or in one of very extraordinary nature installed duly”.

2) Abhyaṅgasnāna (अभ्यङ्गस्नान) or Tailābhyaṅga refers to an “oil bath”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.13, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] oil bath (abhyaṅgasnāna or tailābhyaṅga) shall be taken on particular days of the week according to convention in the society. If one is accustomed to take oil bath everyday or if one is using scented oil breaking the convention, it is not faulty. Otherwise one should avoid Śrāddha days, days of eclipse (grahaṇa), fast days (upavāsa-dina) and the first day of the lunar fortnight (pratipad) for oil baths. Except on the days of eclipse mustard oil (sarṣapa-taila) can be used on other days”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Abhyangasnana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

abhyaṅgasnāna (अभ्यंगस्नान).—n (S) Ablution after inunction.

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

abhyaṅgasnāna (अभ्यंगस्नान).—n Ablution after inunction.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

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

Abhyaṃgasnāna (ಅಭ್ಯಂಗಸ್ನಾನ):—[noun] the bath taken after having the body massaged with oil and other unguents.

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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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