Akarsha, Ākarṣa: 7 definitions

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Akarsha 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.

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

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

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

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

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.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical 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: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ākarṣa (आकर्ष).—m.

(-rṣaḥ) 1. Pulling, hawling. 2. Pulling to or towards, dragging, attracting. 3. Attraction, fascination. 4. Magnetic attraction. 5. A magnet, a loadstone. 6. A dice or die. 7. Playing with dice. 8. A board of such a game. 9. Drawing the bow. 10. An organ of sense. 11. Spasm. E. āṅ, kṛṣ to draw or make furrows, ghañ aff.

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

Ākarṣa (आकर्ष).—i. e. ā-kṛṣ + a, m. 1. Attraction, [Prabodhacandrodaya, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 61, 16. 2. Playing with dice, Mahābhārata 2, 2110. 3. A proper name, Mahābhārata 2, 1270.

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

Ākarṣa (आकर्ष).—[masculine] drawing towards one’s self.

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

1) Ākarṣa (आकर्ष):—[=ā-karṣa] a rṣaka, etc. See ā-√kṛṣ.

2) [=ā-karṣa] [from ā-kṛṣ] b m. drawing towards one’s self (as of a rope), [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] attraction, fascination or an object used for it, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Mahābhārata v, 1541]

4) [v.s. ...] dragging (as of a stone), [Caraka]

5) [v.s. ...] bending (of a bow), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] spasm, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] playing with dice, [Mahābhārata ii, 2116]

8) [v.s. ...] a die (cf. ākarṣa-phalaka below), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) [v.s. ...] a play-board, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] an organ of sense, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) [v.s. ...] a magnet, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

12) [v.s. ...] an instrument for collecting ashes, shovel, [Kauśika-sūtra] ([Scholiast or Commentator])

13) [v.s. ...] a [particular] part of an elephant’s trunk, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

14) [v.s. ...] Name of a prince, [Mahābhārata ii, 1270 [edition] [Calcutta edition]]

15) [v.s. ...] Name of a people, [ib.[edition] [Bombay edition]]

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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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