Adhokshaja, Adhokṣaja, Adhas-akshaja: 9 definitions



Adhokshaja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Adhokṣaja can be transliterated into English as Adhoksaja or Adhokshaja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Adhokṣaja (अधोक्षज, “never-diminishing”):—One of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu through which Nārāyaṇa manifests himself. The meaning of this title is “The one who is never diminished, or decreased”. He is accompanied by a counterpart emanation of Lakṣmī (an aspect of Devī) who goes by the name Smṛti.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Adhokṣaja (अधोक्षज).—A synonym of Mahā Viṣṇu. (Kaṃsāriradhokṣajaḥ—Amarakośa).

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Adhokṣaja (अधोक्षज) refers to “the Lord who is beyond the cognition and perception of the material senses”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Adhokṣaja (अधोक्षज).—See under अधस् (adhas).

See also (synonyms): adhokṣa, adhoṃśuka.

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Adhokṣaja (अधोक्षज).—[akṣāt indriyājvāyate iti akṣajaṃ pratyakṣajñānam, tadadharaṃ grāhakatvābhāvāt hīnaṃ yasya saḥ Tv.; adhaḥkṛtaṃ akṣajam indriyajñānaṃ yena Malli.] Name of Viṣṇu; other etymologies of the name are also found; (1) अधो न क्षीयते जातु यस्मात्तस्मादधोक्षजः (adho na kṣīyate jātu yasmāttasmādadhokṣajaḥ); (2) द्यौरक्षं पृथिवी चाधस्तयोर्यस्मादजायत । मध्ये वैराजरूपेण ततोऽधोक्षज इष्यते (dyaurakṣaṃ pṛthivī cādhastayoryasmādajāyata | madhye vairājarūpeṇa tato'dhokṣaja iṣyate) ||

Derivable forms: adhokṣajaḥ (अधोक्षजः).

Adhokṣaja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms adhas and akṣaja (अक्षज).

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

1) Adhokṣaja (अधोक्षज):—[=adho-kṣa-ja] [from adhas] m. Name of Viṣṇu or Kṛṣṇa

2) [v.s. ...] the sign Śravaṇā.

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

Adhokṣaja (अधोक्षज):—[adho+kṣa-ja] < [adhokṣa-ja] (jaḥ) 1. m. Name of Vishnu.

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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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