Akshayavata, Akṣayavaṭa, Akṣayavata, Akshaya-vata: 5 definitions
Akshayavata 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 terms Akṣayavaṭa and Akṣayavata can be transliterated into English as Aksayavata or Akshayavata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia
Akṣayavaṭa (अक्षयवट).—A sacred lake. When the Pāṇḍavas during their exile went to Pulastyāśrama sage Pulastya gave a description of all the sacred lakes in India. He says, "After reaching Mārkaṇḍeya lake you should visit the meeting place of the rivers Gaṅgā and Gomatī. Then when you reach Gayā you will find there a lake called Akṣayavaṭa. If you bathe in that lake you will get salvation". In the Navama Skandha of Devī Bhāgavata you find the following about Akṣayavaṭa: "Puṣpabhadrā is one of the famous sacred rivers in India. This river starts from the Himālayas with the name Śarāvatī and flowing for 500 yojanas (One yojanam is equal to about 8 miles) on the left side of river Gomatī reaches the western ocean. There is an āśrama called Akṣayavaṭa on the shores of this beautiful river which always carries crystal clear water. The āśrama got that name because of a big banyan tree standing near it. Kapila, the great sage, did penance sitting here for a long time. Lord Śiva, Bhadrakālī and Skanda used to come and sit underneath this banyan tree.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana IndexSource: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Akṣayavata (अक्षयवत) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.82.72). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Akṣayavata) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.
Akṣayavaṭa is also mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.85.8) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Akṣayavaṭa (अक्षयवट):—[=a-kṣaya-vaṭa] [from a-kṣaya] m. ‘undecaying Banyan’, Name of a very ancient sacred tree, [Religious Thought and Life in India 337].
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.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
Akṣayavaṭa (ಅಕ್ಷಯವಟ):—[noun] the banyan tree in Gayā (in Bihar state, North India) under which, Gautama Buddha got the Supreme Knowledge.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
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List of Mahabharata people and places (by Laxman Burdak)
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary) (by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja)
The Padma Purana (by N.A. Deshpande)
Chapter 18 - The Greatness of Puruṣottama < [Section 7 - Kriyāyogasāra-Khaṇḍa (Section on Essence of Yoga by Works)]
Chapter 24 - The Importance of Prayāga < [Section 6 - Uttara-Khaṇḍa (Concluding Section)]
Chapter 38 - Gayā and Other Holy Places < [Section 3 - Svarga-khaṇḍa (section on the heavens)]
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter LXXXV - Merit of offering funeral cakes at Pretasila in Gaya < [Agastya Samhita]
The Gautami Mahatmya (by G. P. Bhatt)
The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Chapter 59 - The Greatness of Gayā Tīrtha < [Section 1 - Avantīkṣetra-māhātmya]
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