Anantaka: 13 definitions


Anantaka 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»] — Anantaka in Purana glossary
Source: The Garuda puranam

The stone known as Anantaka, has various forms and bears an impression like the hood of a serpent.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Anantaka (अनन्तक) refers to the “endless (great power)” (of Śiva), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.30 (“The Celebration of Pārvatī’s Return”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime the lord of mountains returned from the Gaṅgā. He saw the mendicant in the human form in his court-yard. [...] O dear, then the mendicant who was clever at diverse sports showed his endless (anantaka) great power to the mountain. The mountain saw him immediately transmuted in to the form of Viṣṇu the four-armed, with crown earrings and yellow garment. Flowers etc. which had been offered to the mace-bearing lord, Viṣṇu, at the time of worship, he saw on the body and over the head of the mendicant. [...]”.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Anantaka (अनन्तक) refers to “endless”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, [while describing the Niṣkala Form of Śrīnātha]—“[...] O god, the teacher in the Western House is of three kinds—gross, subtle and supreme. O Śambhu, he who does not know (this) in the Age of Strife has no (hope of) liberation and worldly enjoyment is far from him. The gross one is the body (of Navātman). The subtle form is endless (anantaka). The supreme (one) is beyond form. It is directly apparent (unmediated by the senses). The fourth is Śrīpāda (that is, Śrīnātha himself). [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anantaka (अनन्तक).—a. [svārthe kan] Endless, eternal &c.

-kam The Eternal or Infinite (among the Jainas).

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

Anantaka (अनन्तक).—nt. (= Pali id., also nantaka), rag, worn- out cloth: °kāni prāvṛtya Divyāvadāna 175.19.

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

Anantaka (अनन्तक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Endless, eternal. E. kan added to the preceding.

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

Anantaka (अनन्तक).—adj. endless.

Anantaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms an and antaka (अन्तक).

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

1) Anantaka (अनन्तक):—[from an-anta] mfn. endless, boundless, eternal, infinite

2) [v.s. ...] n. the infinite (id est. infinite space).

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

Anantaka (अनन्तक):—I. m. f. n.

(-kaḥ-kā-kam) Endless, eternal, unlimited. Ii. n.

(-kam) (In the Jaina doctrine.) The collective expression for what is eternal viz. matter and soul; but including also, according to a commentary, planets or according to another, æther, regions &c. E. ananta, taddh. aff. kan, or rather a [bahuvrihi compound] composed of a neg. and anta, samāsānta aff. kap.

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

1) Anantaka (अनन्तक):—[ana+ntaka] (kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) a. Eternal.

2) [(kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) a.] Endless.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Anantaka (अनन्तक) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Aṇaṃtaya.

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Anantaka 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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