Agnipravesha, Agnipraveśa, Agni-pravesha: 5 definitions

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Agnipravesha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Agnipraveśa can be transliterated into English as Agnipravesa or Agnipravesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Agnipraveśa (अग्निप्रवेश).—Entering fire. In the Yuddha-Kāṇḍā of the Rāmāyaṇa, Vālmīki has described Sītā’s entering and standing in fire (Agnipraveśam) as a test of her purity. Though Rāma recovered Sītā from Rāvaṇa, he wanted to accept her as his wife only after her purity had been tested and proved. So he decided to test her by fire (Agniparīkṣaṇa). Sītā shed tears at the thought that her husband doubted her chastity. Lakṣmaṇa, at Rāma’s bidding, made a pyre. Sītā jumped into it after praying to the gods. She remained unscorched by the fire and Rāma gladly received her once more as his wife.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Agnipraveśa (अग्निप्रवेश).—The custom of wife entering her husband's funeral pyre.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 47. 82.
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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

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

agnipravēśa (अग्निप्रवेश).—m (S agni Fire, pravēśa Entrance.) Selfimmolation by a widow upon the pyre of her deceased husband. Ex. putravantyā striyā viśēṣa || tihiṃ na karāvā a0 ॥

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

agnipravēśa (अग्निप्रवेश).—m The self-immolation by a widow on the funeral pyre of her deceased husband.

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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Agnipraveśa (अग्निप्रवेश).—[sa. ta.] entering the fire, self-immolation of a widow on the funeral pile of her husband.

Derivable forms: agnipraveśaḥ (अग्निप्रवेशः).

Agnipraveśa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agni and praveśa (प्रवेश). See also (synonyms): agniśanama.

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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. 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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