Ajyapatra, Ajyapātra, Ājyapātra, Ajya-patra: 3 definitions


Ajyapatra 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.

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Ajyapātra (अज्यपात्र) refers to one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. Certain utensils and other objects that are commonly found in the hands of the images are, for example Pustaka.

Ajya-pātra denotes the blessed vessel that never remains empty. Goddess Annapūrṇi uses it to feed the hungry people who approach her.

Shilpashastra book cover
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Ājyapātra (आज्यपात्र).—a vessel or dish to hold clarified butter.

Derivable forms: ājyapātram (आज्यपात्रम्).

Ājyapātra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ājya and pātra (पात्र). See also (synonyms): ājyagraha, ājyasthālī.

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

Ājyapātra (आज्यपात्र):—[=ājya-pātra] [from ājya] n. a vessel for clarified butter.

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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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