Amritamanthana, Amṛtamanthana, Amrita-manthana: 6 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Amṛtamanthana can be transliterated into English as Amrtamanthana or Amritamanthana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Wisdom Library: Purāṇas
Amṛtamanthana (अमृतमन्थन) refers to a variety of maṇḍapa (halls attached to the temple), according to the Matsya-purāṇa (verses 270.1-30). The amṛtamanthana-maṇḍapa is to be built with 58 pillars (stambha). The Matsyapurāṇa is one of the eighteen major purāṇas dating from the 1st-millennium BCE.
Accordingly (verse 270.15-17), “These maṇḍapas (e.g., amṛtamanthana) should be either made triangular, circular, octagonal or with 16 sides or they are square. They promote kingdoms, victory, longevity, sons, wife and nourishment respecitvely. Temples of other shape than these are inauspicious.”Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 72. 73 and 79; IV. 6. 7.
- 2) Matsya-purāṇa 47. 43 and 48; 249. 51; Vāyu-purāṇa 97. 74. 79.
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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Amṛtamanthana (अमृतमन्थन) refers to “the churning of the ocean”. It is the name of the first dramatic performance, of the Samavakāra type, composed by Brahmā for the welfare of humankind according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 4.3. Accordingly, “I have composed this Samavakāra which is conducive to [the performance of] duties (dharma), to [the fulfillment of] desire (kāma) as well as [to the earning] wealth (artha).”.
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
1) churning (of the ocean) for nectar.
2) Name of the chapters 17 to 19 of Mb.1.
Derivable forms: amṛtamanthanam (अमृतमन्थनम्).
Amṛtamanthana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amṛta and manthana (मन्थन).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Amṛtamanthana (अमृतमन्थन).—n. production of the Amṛta, the beverage of the gods, by churning, Mahābhārata vol. i. p. 41, 1. 2.
Amṛtamanthana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms amṛta and manthana (मन्थन).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Amṛtamanthana (अमृतमन्थन):—[=a-mṛta-manthana] [from a-mṛta > a-mūla] n. ‘the churning for the Amṛta’, Name of the chapters 17-19 of [Mahābhārata i.]
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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The Skanda Purana (by G. V. Tagare)
Dasarupaka (critical study) (by Anuru Ranjan Mishra)
Indian classical dramatic tradition < [Introduction]
Summary of the Nāṭyaśāstra < [Introduction]
The Matsya Purana (critical study) (by Kushal Kalita)
Part 2.2 - Temple (prāsāda) architecture in the Matsyapurāṇa < [Chapter 7 - Art and Architecture in the Matsyapurāṇa]
Natyashastra (English) (by Bharata-muni)