Agrahayani, Āgrahāyaṇī: 6 definitions



Agrahayani means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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.

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Āgrahāyaṇī (आग्रहायणी) refers to one of the seven Pākasaṃsthās or Pākayajñas (groups of seven sacrifices).—Hārīta says: “Let a man offer the Pākayajñas always, always also the Haviryajñas, and the Somayajñas (Soma sacrifices), according to rule, if he wishes for eternal merit”.—The object of these sacrifices [viz., Āgrahāyaṇī] is eternal happiness, and hence they have to be performed during life at certain seasons, without any special occasion (nimitta), and without any special object (kāma). According to most authorities, however, they have to be performed during thirty years only. After that the Agnihotra only has to be kept up.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Āgrahāyaṇī (आग्रहायणी) is another name for the Mṛgaśirṣa, a particular section of the ecliptic. It is also known as Mṛgaśirṣanakṣatra. Āgrahāyaṇī means “related to agrahāyaṇa” and stands for the name of full moon day in that month (agrahāyaṇa).

India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Āgrahāyaṇī.—(EI 8), Mārgaśīrṣa su-di 15. Note: āgrahāyaṇī is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Āgrahāyaṇī (आग्रहायणी).—f. (-ṇī) 1. The name of a constellation consisting of three stars, one of which is Orionis, figured by an antelope’s head, hence also mṛgaśiras. 2. The day of full moon in the month A'grahayana. E. agrahāyaṇa and ṅīp aff.

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

Āgrahāyaṇī (आग्रहायणी).—[feminine] a cert. day of full moon.

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

1) Āgrahāyaṇī (आग्रहायणी):—[from āgrahāyaṇa > āgrabhojanika] f. ([gana] gaurādi q.v.; [scilicet] paurṇamāsī) the day of full moon in the month Agrahāyaṇa, [Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra] etc.

2) Āgrahāyaṇi (आग्रहायणि):—[from āgrahāyaṇa > āgrabhojanika] ind. (ifc. [Pāṇini 5-4, 110])

3) Āgrahāyaṇī (आग्रहायणी):—[from āgrahāyaṇa > āgrabhojanika] a kind of Pāka-yajña, [Gautama-dharma-śāstra; Bhaviṣya-purāṇa, khaṇḍa 1 & 2: bhaviṣya-purāṇa & bhaviṣyottara-purāṇa i, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of the constellation Mṛga-śiras, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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