Alambhana, Ālambhana: 7 definitions


Alambhana 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Alambhana in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Ālambhana (आलम्भन) refers to the ritual of “touching (the heart)” (performed during the marriage ceremony), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.50 (“Description of fun and frolic”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “O Nārada, thereafter at the bidding of Śiva, I carried out the concluding ceremonies of the wedding of Śiva and Pārvatī joyously through the sages. Their ceremonial head-bath was respectfully gone through. The Brahmins showed the Pole star Dhruva with respect. Thereafter the rite of Hṛdayālambhana was performed. O great Brahmin, then Svastipāṭha was jubilantly celebrated. [...]”.

Note: During hṛdaya-ālambhana, the husband touches the heart of the bride reaching over her right shoulder. The heart is the centre of feelings. By touching it the husband symbolically tries to rouse them and make them flow out to meet his own heart and thus unite them in the world of love.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Alambhana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ālambhana (आलम्भन).—[ā-labh ghañ lyuṭ mum]

1) Taking hold of, seizing, touching; स्त्र्यालोकालम्भविगमः (stryālokālambhavigamaḥ) Y.3.157; Manusmṛti 2.179.

2) Tearing off, uprooting (of plants); Manusmṛti 11.144.

3) Killing (especially an animal at a sacrifice); अश्वालम्भं गवालम्भम् (aśvālambhaṃ gavālambham) Ādipurāṇa; आलम्भयज्ञाः क्षत्राश्च हविर्यज्ञा विशः स्मृताः । परिचारयज्ञाः शूद्रास्तु तपोयज्ञा द्विजातयः (ālambhayajñāḥ kṣatrāśca haviryajñā viśaḥ smṛtāḥ | paricārayajñāḥ śūdrāstu tapoyajñā dvijātayaḥ) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.232.31.

Derivable forms: ālambhanam (आलम्भनम्).

See also (synonyms): ālambha.

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

Ālambhana (आलम्भन).—[neuter] touching, killing (of animals at the sacrifice).

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

1) Ālambhana (आलम्भन):—[=ā-lambhana] [from ā-labh] n. seizure

2) [v.s. ...] taking hold of, touching, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Gautama-dharma-śāstra]

3) [v.s. ...] killing, sacrificing, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

[Sanskrit to German]

Alambhana in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Alambhana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Ālaṃbhana (ಆಲಂಭನ):—[noun] = ಆಲಂಭ [alambha].

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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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