Alaukika: 16 definitions


Alaukika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Alaukik.

In Hinduism

Kosha (encyclopedic lexicons)

[«previous next»] — Alaukika in Kosha glossary
Source: Google Books: Kalātattvakośa, volume 2

Alaukika (अलौकिक):—In poetics alaukika has been explained as the distinct or unique (experience) born of laukika (pertaining to life) apparatus (sāmagrī) (vide Vamana Jhalakikara’s commentary on Kāvyaprakāśa, p.93). Thus the mutation of laukika into alaukika takes place in aesthetic experience.

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Kosha (कोश, kośa) refers to Sanskrit lexicons intended to provide additional information regarding technical terms used in religion, philosophy and the various sciences (shastra). The oldest extant thesaurus (kosha) dates to the 4th century AD.

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Nyaya (school of philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Alaukika in Nyaya glossary
Source: Shodhganga: A study of Nyāya-vaiśeṣika categories

Alaukika (अलौकिक) refers to “extra-ordinary perception”, representing one of the two types of pratyakṣa (perception), according to Gautama’s 2nd-century Nyāyasūtra (verse 1.1.3). Pratyakṣa represents the first of the four “means of valid knowledge” (pramāṇa), which in turn is classified as the first of the sixteen padārthas (“categories”).

Perception (pratyakṣa) is divided into two types laukika (ordinary) and alaukika (extra-ordinary). Laukika and Alaukika pratyakṣas are based on the way in which the sense-organ come in contact with their object. Alaukika-pratyakṣa is that in which sense-organ does not come in contact with the object directly, but through an unusual medium.

Alaukika-pratyakṣa (extra-ordinary perception) has three types—

  1. sāmānyalakṣaṇa,
  2. jñānalakṣaṇa,
  3. yogaja.
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Nyaya (न्याय, nyaya) refers to a school of Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. The Nyaya philosophy is known for its theories on logic, methodology and epistemology, however, it is closely related with Vaisheshika in terms of metaphysics.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

1) Alaukika (अलौकिक) means “supermundane”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.10.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] The drops of sweat caused by exhaustion fell on the Earth from the lord’s forehead and took the shape of a child immediately. O sage, the child was tawny-coloured and had four arms. He was comely in features. His brilliance was supermundane [i.e., alaukika-dyuti] and unbearable to others. Like a common child he cried in front of the Great lord who was engaged in worldly activities. [...]”.

2) Alaukika (अलौकिक) refers to “unearthly (splendour)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.3 (“The boyhood sports of Kārttikeya”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “O dear, then the powerful (pratāpavat) sage Viśvāmitra, urged by Brahmā, came there casually and was delighted. On seeing the unearthly (alaukika) splendour of that brilliant boy, he became very delighted. He bowed to the boy. With a delighted mind he eulogised him with the words prompted by Brahmā. Viśvāmitra realised his power. The boy too was delighted and became the source of great enjoyment. Laughingly he spoke to Viśvāmitra. It was very surprising. [...]”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

alaukika (अलौकिक).—a (S) Singular, strange, uncommon, rare, remarkable--persons, actions, qualifications, qualities, and both in praise and dispraise.

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alaukika (अलौकिक).—m (S) Disrepute, dishonor, unpopularity.

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

alaukika (अलौकिक).—a Singular, strange, uncom- mon, rare, remarkable. m Disrepute.

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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

Alaukika (अलौकिक).—a. (- f.)

1) Not current in the world, not relating to this world, uncommon, supernatural.

2) Unusual, rare.

3) Not current in the usual language, peculiar to the sacred writings, not used in classics, Vedic; अधिहरि हरि ङि इत्यलौकिकम् (adhihari hari ṅi ityalaukikam).

4) Theoretical; °त्वम् (tvam) rare occurrence of a word; अलौकिकत्वादमरः स्वकोषे न यानि नामानि समुल्लिलेख । विलोक्य तैरप्यधुना प्रचारमयं प्रयत्नः पुरुषोत्तमस्य (alaukikatvādamaraḥ svakoṣe na yāni nāmāni samullilekha | vilokya tairapyadhunā pracāramayaṃ prayatnaḥ puruṣottamasya) Trik.1.

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

Alaukika (अलौकिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) 1. Supernatural, not relating to this world. 2. Not common, not current in the world. 3. Indifferent to the world, unworldly. E. a neg. laukika mundane.

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

Alaukika (अलौकिक).—adj. 1. superhuman, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 19, 6; transcendental, Bhāṣāp. 62. 2. not common. 3. rare. 4. vedic.

Alaukika is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and laukika (लौकिक).

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

Alaukika (अलौकिक).—[feminine] ī not common in the world, extraordinary, strange, rare.

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

1) Alaukika (अलौकिक):—[=a-laukika] [from a-loka] a mf(ī)n. not current in the world, uncommon, unusual (especially said of words)

2) [v.s. ...] not relating to this world, supernatural.

3) [=a-laukika] b See a-loka.

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

Alaukika (अलौकिक):—[a-laukika] (kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) a. Supernatural, not common.

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Alaukika 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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Alaukika in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Alaukika (अलौकिक) [Also spelled alaukik]:—(a) unearthly, heavenly, celestial; phenomenal; transcendental, supernatural; hence ~[] (nf); —[dṛśya] feast/sight for the gods.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Alaukika (ಅಲೌಕಿಕ):—

1) [adjective] not natural to the mundane world; supernatural.

2) [adjective] of or related to spirit or spirituality; of spirits or angels; incorporeal; spiritual.

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Alaukika (ಅಲೌಕಿಕ):—

1) [noun] that which is not mundane or not belonging to this world.

2) [noun] the person in the state of absolute spirit or being an angel or angel-like.

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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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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Alaukika in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Alaukika (अलौकिक):—adj. 1. unearthly; supernatural; superhuman; transcendental; 2. strange; rare;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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