Akashaganga, aka: Akasaganga, Ākāsagaṅgā, Ākāśagaṅgā, Akasha-ganga; 5 Definition(s)
Akashaganga means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Ākāśagaṅgā can be transliterated into English as Akasaganga or Akashaganga, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
1. Akasaganga - The river that flows southward from the Anotatta Lake receives, in its different stages, various names. That part of it which flows sixty leagues through the air is called Akasaganga (SnA.ii.439; MA.586, etc.). The Buddhas discourse on various topics (pakinnakakatha) is like the downward flow of the Akasaganga (AA.i.94; DhA.iii.360); so also is the eloquence of clever preachers (E.g., DhA.iv.18; J.ii.65).
The fine clay to be found in the area (thirty yojanas in extent) over which the Akasaganga falls to earth, is called, on account of its fineness, butter clay (navanita mattika). This clay was brought by arahant samaneras to be spread over the foundation of the Maha Thupa in Anuradhapura (Mhv.xxix.5f). The spot where it is found is called Tintasisakola. MT.515
2. Akasaganga - A vast channel built by Parakkamabahu I. to bring water from the Karaganga to the Parakkamammudda. Cv.lxxix.25.(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Languages of India and abroad
ākāsagaṅgā : (f.) the celestial river.(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
ākāśagaṅgā (आकाशगंगा).—f (S) ākāśanadī f (S) The Ganges or river of the sky, the galaxy or milky way.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Ākāśagaṅgā (आकाशगङ्गा).—[ākāśapathavāhinī gaṅgā] the celestial Ganges; नदत्याकाशगङ्गायाः स्रोतस्युद्दामदिग्गजे (nadatyākāśagaṅgāyāḥ srotasyuddāmadiggaje) R.1.78; cf. also उभौ यदि व्योम्नि पृथक् प्रवाहावाकाशगङ्गापयसः पतेताम् (ubhau yadi vyomni pṛthak pravāhāvākāśagaṅgāpayasaḥ patetām) Si.3.8.
Ākāśagaṅgā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ākāśa and gaṅgā (गङ्गा).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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The Bhagavata Purana (by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Act 1.7: Explanation of the parable ‘as numerous as the sands of the Ganges’ < [Chapter XIV - Emission of rays]
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