Ajyapa, aka: Ājyapā, Ājyapa, Ajya-pa; 5 Definition(s)


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Ājyapā (आज्यपा) refers to a classification of manes (Pitṛ/Pitṛgaṇa) that came into existence from Pulastya’s sweat, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.3. Accordingly:—“[...] Excepting Kratu, Vasiṣṭha, Pulastya and Aṅgiras, the six viz. Marīci and others successfully curbed their senses and their activities. O excellent sage, the semen virile of the four—Kratu and others—fell on the ground from which other types of manes were born. They were Somapās, Ājyapās, Kālins and Haviṣmantas. They are all termed Kavyavāhas also. They are their sons. The Somapās are the sons of Kratu, Kālins of Vasiṣṭha, Ājyapās of Pulastya and Haviṣmantas of Aṅgiras”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation

Ājyapa (आज्यप).—A community of Pitṛs belonging to the dynasty of Pulaha. They are called so because they drink during yāgas the ghee made out of goats milk (Ājyam) (Matsya Purāṇa). They live in the land of Kardama Prajāpati. Their daughter Virajā is the wife of Nahuṣa. (Sṛṣṭi Khaṇḍa, Padma Purāṇa).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Ājyapa (आज्यप).—A class of Manes who reside in regions belonging to Kardama Prajāpati, descendants of Pulaha; Virajā, wife of Nahuṣa was their mindborn daughter; largely worshipped by Vaiśyas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 28. 19; III. 10. 93-5; Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 1. 63; Matsya-purāṇa 102. 21; Vāyu-purāṇa 30. 100; 56. 17; 73. 43; 101. 43.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Ājyapa (आज्यप).—a. drinking ghee.

-pāḥ pl.) a class of Manes who are the sons of Pulastya and the ancestors of the Vaiśya order; पुलस्त्यस्या- ज्यपाः पुत्राः (pulastyasyā- jyapāḥ putrāḥ) Mb.; Ms.3.197-8.

Ājyapa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ājya and pa (प).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ājyapa (आज्यप).—m.

(-paḥ) A Pitri or progenitor of a class of Pitris who are the sons of Pulastya, and the ancestors of the Vaisya order. E. ājya ghee, and pa who drinks.

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