Aksha, aka: Akṣa; 11 Definition(s)

Introduction

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The Sanskrit term Akṣa can be transliterated into English as Aksa or Aksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

1) Akṣa (अक्ष) refers to the “pleasure of (playing) dice”, which is considered as very harmful (kaṣṭatama), according to the Manusmṛti 7.50. Accordingly, “[...] hunting (mṛgayā), dice (akṣa), sleeping during the day (divāsvapna), censoriousness (parivāda), women (strī), intoxication (mada), musical triad (tauryatrika) and listless wandering (vṛthāṭyā) constitute the ten-fold set arising from the love of pleasure (kāmaja). [...] in the set arising from love of pleasure (kāmaja),—drinking (pāna), dice (akṣa), women (strī) and hunting (mṛgayā) are to be regarded as the four most pernicious (kaṣṭatama), in the order in which they are named”.

Akṣa (‘dice’) refers to “gambling with dice”. That these two lead to evil consequences is well known.

2) Akṣa (अक्ष) is a Sanskrit technical term referring the piece of wood in the wheel (the axle), of a chariot (yāna). (See the Manubhāṣya, verse 8.291-292)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Akṣa (अक्ष) refers to the “pleasure of (playing) dice”, which is considered as very harmful (kaṣṭatama), according to the Manusmṛti 7.50. Accordingly, “[...] in the set arising from love of pleasure (kāmaja),—drinking (pāna), dice (akṣa), women (strī) and hunting (mṛgayā) are to be regarded as the four most pernicious (kaṣṭatama), in the order in which they are named”.

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) Akṣa (अक्ष).—(Akṣakumāra). Genealogy. Descended in order from Viṣṇu as follows: Brahmā-Pulastya-Viśravas-Rāvaṇa-Akṣa. (Uttararāmāyaṇa). Birth. Three sons were born to Rāvaṇa, King of the demons, by his wife Mandodarī. They were Meghanāda, Atikāya and Akṣakumāra. Akṣakumāra was a redoubtable hero and a fierce fighter but was killed by Hanūmān in Laṅkā. (Sarga 47, Sundara Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa). (See full article at Story of Akṣa from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Akṣa (अक्ष).—We find another warrior of this name among the soldiers who came to help Skanda in the Kaurava-Pāṇḍava battle. (Śloka 58, Chapter 45, Śalya Parva, Mahābhārata).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Akṣa (अक्ष).—The game of dice. Ṛtuparṇa, an expert in it Taught the game to Nala; to be avoided by a king.

1b) A dānava.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 6. 11.

1c) A son of Satyabhāmā and Kṛṣṇa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 71. 247; Vāyu-purāṇa 96. 238.
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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Akṣa (अक्ष).—Latitude - The term akṣa is an abbreviation of the complete term, akṣonnati, meaning the inclination of the Earth's axis to the plane of the celestial horizon, i.e., the latitude of the place. Note: Akṣa is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Akṣa (अक्ष) is the name of the caitya-tree under which the parents of Puṣpadanta are often depicted in Jaina iconography, according to the Digambara tradition. According to the Śvetāmbara tradition the tree is known as Mali. The term caitya refers to “sacred shrine”, an important place of pelgrimage and meditation in Jainism. Sculptures with such caitya-trees generally shows a male and a female couple seated under a tree with the female having a child on her lap. Usually there is a seated Jina figure on top of the tree.

Puṣpadanta is the ninth of twenty-four tīrthaṅkaras: enlightened beings who, having conquered saṃsāra (cycle of birth and death), leave a path behind for others to follow. His father is Sugrīva and his mother is Rāmā, according to the Ācāradinakara (14th century work on Jain conduct written by Vardhamāna Sūri).

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geogprahy

Akṣa.—same as suvarṇa (q. v.). Note: akṣa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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Akṣa.—same as suvarṇa (q. v.). Note: akṣa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

akṣa (अक्ष).—m (S) A die for playing with. 2 Axis, axle. 3 A seed used for rosaries, Elæocarpus. 4 Terrestrial latitude.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

akṣa (अक्ष).—m A die. Axis. A seed used for ro- saries. Terrestrial latitude.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Akṣa (अक्ष).—[aś-saḥ]

1) An axis, axle, pivot; अक्षभङ्गे च यानस्य (akṣabhaṅge ca yānasya)....न दण्डं मनुरब्रवीत् (na daṇḍaṃ manurabravīt) Ms.8.291,292; दृढधूः अक्षः (dṛḍhadhūḥ akṣaḥ) Kāś. V. 4.74; Śi.12.2, 18.7; ज्योतिश्चक्राक्षदण्डः (jyotiścakrākṣadaṇḍaḥ) Dk. 1 Axle-pole.

2) The pole of a cart.

3) A cart, car; also a wheel.

4) The beam of a balance.

5) Terrestrial latitude.

6) A die for playing with; cube; यानाक्षमधिकृत्य ब्रूत इति गम्यते न तु विदेवना- क्षमिति (yānākṣamadhikṛtya brūta iti gamyate na tu videvanā- kṣamiti) | ŚB. on MS.6.8.35.

7) The seed of which rosaries are made.

8) A weight equal to 16 māṣas and called कर्ष (karṣa).

9) Name of the plant Terminalia Belerica (bibhītaka- Mar. behaḍā) the seed of which is used as a die; also the nut of this plant; यथा वै द्वे वामलके द्वे वा कोले द्वौ वाक्षौ मुष्टिरनुभवति (yathā vai dve vāmalake dve vā kole dvau vākṣau muṣṭiranubhavati) Chān. Up; so धाराभिरक्षमात्राभिः (dhārābhirakṣamātrābhiḥ).

10) A shrub producing the rosary seed, Eleocarpus Ganitrus (rudrākṣa); the seed of this plant, as also of another plant (indrākṣa).

11) A serpent; hence a curve.

12) Garuḍa.

13) Name of a son of Rāvaṇa.

14) The soul.

15) Knowledge (usually, sacred).

16) Law; a lawsuit; legal procedure.

17) A person born blind.

18) the lower part of the temples (karṇa- netrayormadhye śaṅkhādadhobhāgaḥ).

19) The base of a column; अथवाक्षं नवांशोच्चं जन्म चैकेन कारयेत् (athavākṣaṃ navāṃśoccaṃ janma caikena kārayet) | Māna.14.17.

20) The window-like part of a swing, a hammock, a palanquin, an axle of a chariot; पार्श्वयोर्वारणं कुर्यात् तस्याधोऽक्षं सुसंयुतम् (pārśvayorvāraṇaṃ kuryāt tasyādho'kṣaṃ susaṃyutam) | Māna.5.165,166.

21) Gambling (in general). cf. अक्षो द्यूते वरूथाङ्गे नयवादौ बिभीतके । कर्षे व्याप्तौ कृषे (akṣo dyūte varūthāṅge nayavādau bibhītake | karṣe vyāptau kṛṣe) (?) चक्रे आधारव्यव- हारयोः । आत्मजे पाशके दैत्यभेदे चेन्द्रियवालयोः (cakre ādhāravyava- hārayoḥ | ātmaje pāśake daityabhede cendriyavālayoḥ) | Nm.

-kṣam (aśnute vyāpnoti viṣayān svavṛttyā saṃyogena vā)

1) An organ of sense; निरोधाच्चेतसोऽक्षाणि निरुद्धान्यखिलान्यपि (nirodhāccetaso'kṣāṇi niruddhānyakhilānyapi) Pt.2.154; संयताक्षो विनीतः (saṃyatākṣo vinītaḥ) Mātaṅga L.12.1. (The word saṃyatākṣa here means 'having control over his senses', but 'having eyes closed' M. W.); m. also (niyacchedviṣayebhyo'kṣān Bhāg.; an object of sense.

2) The eye, (only at the end of comp.; jalajākṣa, kamalākṣa, &c.)

3) Sachal salt, sea-salt.

4) Blue vitriol (from its crystallized shape) (Mar. moracūda) [cf. L. axis; Gr. akshon or axon, old Germ. ahsa; Germ. achse.]

Derivable forms: akṣaḥ (अक्षः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Akṣa (अक्ष).—m.

(-kṣaḥ) 1. A die, cubic or oblong, for playing with. 2. Part of a car. 3. A wheel. 4. A car. 5. A snake. 6. Law suit, legal proceedings 7. Sacred knowledge, 8. The soul. 9. A seed of which Rosaries are made, in which sense it occurs mostly in composition, as, Rudraksha, Indraksha. 10, A Karsha or weight of sixteen mashas. 11. A tree bearing a medicinal fruit. (Terminalia belerica.) 12. A proper name, the son of Ravana. 13. A name of Gadura. 14. A person born blind. 15. Terrestrial latitude. n.

(-kṣaṃ) 1. An organ of sense. 2. Sea, salt. 3. Blue vitriol E. aśu to pervade, Unadi affix sa.

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