Akarsha, aka: Ākarṣa; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Ākarṣa can be transliterated into English as Akarsa or Akarsha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Ākarṣa (आकर्ष).—People living in the land named Ākarṣa are called Ākarṣas. (Śloka 11, Chapter 34, Sabhā Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Ākarṣa (आकर्ष) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.31.11) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Ākarṣa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ākarṣa (आकर्ष).—1 Attracting or drawing towards oneself.

2) Drawing away from, withdrawing; U.3.46. (v. l.)

3) Drawing (a bow).

4) Attraction, fascination.

5) Spasm.

6) Playing with dice; आकर्षस्तेऽ- वाक्फलः (ākarṣaste'- vākphalaḥ) Mb.

7) A die or dice.

8) A board for a game with dice.

9) An organ of sense.

1) A magnet, a loadstone; यथा श्राम्यत्ययो ब्रह्मन् स्वयमाकर्षसन्निधौ (yathā śrāmyatyayo brahman svayamākarṣasannidhau) Bhāg. 7.5.14.

11) A touch-stone.

12) A bow. cf. आकर्षः शारिफलके द्यूतेऽक्षे कार्मुकेऽपि च (ākarṣaḥ śāriphalake dyūte'kṣe kārmuke'pi ca) Nm.

13) A poisonous plant; Mb.5.4.9.

Derivable forms: ākarṣaḥ (आकर्षः).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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