Akshasutra, aka: Akṣasūtra, Akṣasūtrā, Aksha-sutra; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Akṣasūtra and Akṣasūtrā can be transliterated into English as Aksasutra or Akshasutra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Akṣasūtrā (अक्षसूत्रा).—She was the wife of the sage Āpastamba. She was a very chaste woman. (See under Āpastamba).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Akṣasūtra (अक्षसूत्र).—Given to Vāmana by Pulaha: adorns Agastya, (also akṣamālā) (s.v.).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 61. 36; 245. 87.
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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Akṣasūtra (अक्षसूत्र).—[akṣāṇāṃ mālā -sūtram]

1) a rosary, string of beads (akārādikṣakārāntaḥ akṣaḥ tatkṛtā tatpratinidhibhūtā vā mālā); कृतो- ऽक्षसूत्रप्रणयी तया करः (kṛto- 'kṣasūtrapraṇayī tayā karaḥ) Ku.5.11,66; °मालामुपयाचितुमागतोऽस्मि (mālāmupayācitumāgato'smi) K.151. (It is made of rudrākṣa seeds, corals, crystals, rubies, gems &c.)

2) Name of अरुन्धती (arundhatī) (akṣamālā tvarundhatī Hm.); अक्ष- माला वसिष्ठेन संयुक्ताधमयोनिजा (akṣa- mālā vasiṣṭhena saṃyuktādhamayonijā)...जगामाभ्यर्हणीयताम् (jagāmābhyarhaṇīyatām) Ms.9.23. मातङ्गयामक्षमालायां गर्हितायां रिरंसया (mātaṅgayāmakṣamālāyāṃ garhitāyāṃ riraṃsayā) | Bu. ch.4.77. (akṣasya nakṣatracakrasya māleva bhūṣaṇatvāt; sā hyuttarasyāṃ diśi gagane saptarṣimaṇḍale mālārūpeṇa vasiṣṭhasamīpe vartate sarvebhyaścojjvalatvāttasyā mālārūpeṇa sthitatvācca nakṣatracakrabhūṣaṇatvam Tv).

Derivable forms: akṣasūtram (अक्षसूत्रम्).

Akṣasūtra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms akṣa and sūtra (सूत्र). See also (synonyms): akṣamālā.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Akṣasūtra (अक्षसूत्र).—n.

(-traṃ) A rosary, a string of eleocarpus seeds so used. E. akṣa and sūtra a thread.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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