Akshaya, Akṣayā, Akṣaya: 10 definitions



Akshaya means something in 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 terms Akṣayā and Akṣaya can be transliterated into English as Aksaya or Akshaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Akṣayā (अक्षया).—A Brahmarākṣasī.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 134.
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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)

Source: The effect of Samvatsaras: Satvargas

Akshaya (अक्स्हय) refers to the sixtieth saṃvatsara (“jovian year)” in Vedic astrology.—The native whose birth occurs in the ‘samvatsara’ named ‘akshaya’ spends the wealth earned by him very quickly, has the tendency of serving others, is hard hearted and does not have much desire to do good deeds.

According with Jataka Parijata, the person born in the year akshaya (2046-2047 AD) will be virtuous, cheerful, handsome, endowed with a high sense of honor and exempt from foes and ailments.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Akṣaya (अक्षय) is the sixtieth of sixty years (saṃvatsara) in the Vedic lunar calendar according to the Arcana-dīpikā by Vāmana Mahārāja (cf. Appendix).—Accordingl, There are sixty different names for each year in the Vedic lunar calendar, which begins on the new moon day (Amāvasyā) after the appearance day of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu (Gaura-pūrṇimā), in February or March. The Vedic year [viz., Akṣaya], therefore, does not correspond exactly with the Christian solar calendar year.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

akṣaya (अक्षय) [or अक्षय्य, akṣayya].—a (S) corruptly akṣayī a Imperishable, indestructible, undecaying, unfading. 2 Inexhaustible or unfailing; as akṣayabhātā A quiver ever full. Ex. mājhēṃ dhanuṣya || akṣayabhātē viśēṣa || gharadaśastrēṃ aṇāvīṃ || 3 (Laxly.) Permanent, not transitory or temporary. Ex. āmacēṃ rāhaṇēṃ hyā gāṃvānta a0 asatēṃ tara ghara bāndhalēṃ asatēṃ.

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akṣaya (अक्षय).—m (S) Indestructibility.

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

akṣaya (अक्षय) [-yya, -य्य].—a Imperishable, unfailing, per- manent.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Akṣaya (अक्षय).—a. [nāsti kṣayo yasya]

1) Undecaying, exempt from decay, imperishable, undying, unfailing, inexhaustible; सदोपयोगेऽपि गुरुस्त्वमक्षयो निधिः (sadopayoge'pi gurustvamakṣayo nidhiḥ) Śi 1.28; स संधार्यः प्रयत्नेन स्वर्गमक्षयमिच्छता (sa saṃdhāryaḥ prayatnena svargamakṣayamicchatā) Ms.3.79; यज्ञनिर्वृत्तिमक्षयां (yajñanirvṛttimakṣayāṃ) 4.23; गया- यामक्षयवटे पितॄणां दत्तमक्षयं (gayā- yāmakṣayavaṭe pitṝṇāṃ dattamakṣayaṃ) Vāyu P.; त्रिसाधना शक्तिरिवार्थमक्षयं (trisādhanā śaktirivārthamakṣayaṃ) R.3. 13; मुनिभिः सार्धमक्षयैः (munibhiḥ sārdhamakṣayaiḥ) Rām.7.18.12; Mb.9.176.

2) Poor, without house or habitation, such as a hermit or संन्यासिन् (saṃnyāsin) (kṣayo vāsaḥ tacchūnyaḥ aniketanaḥ saṃnyāsī daridro vā.)

-yaḥ 1 The Supreme Spirit परमात्मन् (paramātman).

2) Name of the 2th year in the cycle of Jupiter.

-yā [akṣayaṃ puṇyaṃ yatrāsti-ac] Name of a day which is said to confer undying religious merit; अमैव सोमवारेण रविवारेण सप्तमी । चतुर्थी भौमवारेण अक्षयादपि चाक्षया (amaiva somavāreṇa ravivāreṇa saptamī | caturthī bhaumavāreṇa akṣayādapi cākṣayā).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Akṣaya (अक्षय).—(1) a high number, m. in Mahāvyutpatti 7793, nt. in Gaṇḍavyūha 134.2 and Mahāvyutpatti 7922 (cited from Gaṇḍavyūha); gender ambiguous (°asya, gen.) Gaṇḍavyūha 106.5, 18, in both of which read sattvāk- ṣaya-for sattva-kṣaya-; (2) m., name of a samādhi: Mahāvyutpatti 547; Śatasāhasrikā-prajñāpāramitā 1418.15.

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

Akṣaya (अक्षय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) Durable, permanent, imperishable. f.

(-yā) The seventh day of a lunar month, which happens on a Sunday or Monday, and the fourth, which falls on a Wednesday. E. a neg. and kṣa to waste or decay, aff. ac.

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

Akṣaya (अक्षय).—[adjective] imperishable; abstr [feminine], tva [neuter]

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

1) Akṣaya (अक्षय):—[=a-kṣaya] mf(ā)n. exempt from decay, undecaying

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of the twentieth year in the cycle of Jupiter

3) [v.s. ...] Name of a mountain, [Harivaṃśa]

4) Akṣayā (अक्षया):—[=a-kṣayā] [from a-kṣaya] f. the seventh day of a lunar month, if it fall on Sunday or Monday

5) [v.s. ...] the fourth, if it fall on Wednesday.

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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 (even English!). 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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