Alakshya, Alakṣya, Ālakṣya: 8 definitions

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Alakshya 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 Alakṣya and Ālakṣya can be transliterated into English as Alaksya or Alakshya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: academia.edu: Bhoja’s Mechanical Garden (vastu)

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य) refers to “concealed”, representing a desirable characteristic of machines (yantra), according to the Samarāṅganasūtradhāra.—Machines, and particularly automata, are consistently associated with a cluster of terms in Sanskrit denoting wonder, marvel, surprise, strangeness, and curiosity (e.g., kautuka, āścarya, vicitra, adbhūta, and vismaya). The best machine, according to Bhoja, is one that fulfills various uses, one whose principal action is concealed (alakṣya), and one that creates astonishment (vismaya) among men (31.12).

Alakṣya (“invisible machines”) were considered the most excellent.—Bhoja reminds the planner that the most admired qualities of a machine are the invisibility (alakṣatā) of its workings and its strangeness (vicitratva; 31.14). Indeed, Bhoja pines, “What else in the world is more strange? What else is more satisfying? And what creates [such] fascination?” (31.85). For these reasons, the most excellent machines were those that were automatic (svayaṃvāhaka) and whose mechanisms were invisible (alakṣya)—together creating the appearance of unassisted movement. This “illusory” element of the automaton machine made it kindred with magic.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—a S corruptly alakṣa a Inapprehensible in idea, incomprehensible, inconceivable. alakṣa lēkhaṇēṃ-dharaṇēṃ-mōjaṇēṃ-mānaṇēṃ-pāhaṇēṃ-jāṇaṇēṃ To esteem lightly, to disdain.

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alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—n S Inattention or inadvertence.

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alakṣyā (अलक्ष्या).—f S A particular attitude of a Yogi. See under mudrā.

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

alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—a Inconceivable. n Inattention.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—a.

1) Invisible, unknown, unobserved.

2) Unmarked.

3) Having no particular marks.

4) Insignificant in appearance.

5) Having no pretence, free from fraud.

6) Not लक्ष्य (lakṣya) or secondary (as meaning).

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Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य).—pot. p.

1) Visible, apparent; आलक्ष्यपारिप्लवसारसानि (ālakṣyapāriplavasārasāni) R.13.3.

2) Slightly visible; °दन्तमुकुलान् (dantamukulān) Ś.7.17.

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

Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य).—(nt. ? in Sanskrit as adj., wahrzunehmen, sichtbar), visible sign, emblem: Divyāvadāna 118.24 (idam…maṇiratnam…) cihnabhūtam ālakṣyabhūtaṃ maṇḍanabhūtaṃ ca.

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

Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य).—mfn.

(-kṣyaḥ-kṣyā-kṣyaṃ) Undistinguishable, undefinable. So alakṣaṇīya.

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

1) Alakṣya (अलक्ष्य):—[=a-lakṣya] [from a-lakṣaṇa] mfn. invisible, unobserved, [Mahābhārata] etc., unmarked, not indicated, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] having no particular marks, insignificant in appearance (See -janma-tā below)

3) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a Mantra spoken to exorcise a weapon, [Rāmāyaṇa i, 30, 5.]

4) Ālakṣya (आलक्ष्य):—[=ā-lakṣya] [from ā-lakṣ] 1. ā-lakṣya mfn. to be observed, visible, apparent, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] 2. ā-lakṣya [indeclinable participle] having observed or beheld, beholding, observing, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] 3. ā-lakṣya mfn. scarcely visible, just visible, [Śakuntalā 181 a.]

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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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