Anekartha, Anekārtha, Aneka-artha: 10 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ).—(l) possessed of a plural sense referring to many things. cf. अनेकार्थे युष्मदस्मदी (anekārthe yuṣmadasmadī) M. Bh. on P.II. 2.98 also अनेकार्थाश्रयश्च पुनरेकशेषः (anekārthāśrayaśca punarekaśeṣaḥ) P. I. 2.64 Vārt. 15; (2) possessed of many senses, cf. अनेकार्था अपि धातवो भवन्ति (anekārthā api dhātavo bhavanti) M. Bh, on P.III.2.48; also cf. यान्यनेकार्थानि एकशब्दानि तान्यतोनु-क्रमिष्यामः (yānyanekārthāni ekaśabdāni tānyatonu-kramiṣyāmaḥ) Nir. IV.1.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ) means “(possessed of) many (other) things”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “The venerable great lord of Oḍra resides in the cavity in the Middle Land. It is (Oḍḍiyāna) the first (sacred seat) and, yellow in colour, it has mountains, forests, and groves, large and small, and is adorned with golden walls. It has rivers and rivulets and many (other) things [i.e., anekārtha-samākula]. It is full of all the seeds and is square all around. It has thunderbolts as door chains and Mālinī (who resides there) holds a thunderbolt (vajra) in her hand. Endowed with the sovereignty of the Wheels, it is the sacred seat (Udyāna) attended by the mistress of the sacred seat”.

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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Tessitori Collection I (hinduism)

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ) is the name of a work by Nandadāsa dealing with Lexicography.—The Anekārtha is included in the collection of manuscripts at the ‘Vincenzo Joppi’ library, collected by Luigi Pio Tessitori during his visit to Rajasthan between 1914 and 1919.—The Anekārtha is is Nandadās’s homonymic dictionary, following the line of Sanskrit Anekārthakośas. [...] The Anekārtha-mañjarī focuses on polysemic words, thus homonymy.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ) or Anekārthatva refers to the “state of having more than one meaning”, according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “And, having obtained the good fortune of heaven, [those corporeal beings] enjoy heavenly pleasure in the lower heavens and in the celestial vehicles or among other groups [of gods] [com.—...they enjoy (bhuñjate) because of the state of having more than one meaning (anekārthatvāt) of verbal roots (dhātūnām)]. They fall from that place [and] immediately they enter the Rasātala hell. They roam about the whole world like the wind [and] they fall down into the Naraka hell”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ).—a.

1) having many (more than one) meanings, homonymous; as the words गो, अमृत, अक्ष (go, amṛta, akṣa) &c.; °त्वम् (tvam) Capacity to express more senses than one; अनेकार्थत्वमन्याय्यम् (anekārthatvamanyāyyam) ŚB. on MS.7.3.55. अनेकार्थस्य शब्दस्य (anekārthasya śabdasya) K.P.2.

2) having the sense of word अनेक (aneka).

3) having many objects or purposes. (-rthaḥ) multiplicity of objects, topics &c.

Anekārtha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aneka and artha (अर्थ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—lex. Kāṭm. 10.

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

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ):—[from an-eka] mfn. having more than one meaning (as a word).

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

Anekārtha (अनेकार्थ):—I. [tatpurusha compound] m.

(-rthaḥ) Multiplicity of objects, topics. Ii. [bahuvrihi compound] m. f. n.

(-rthaḥ-rthā-rtham) 1) Having more than one object; e. g. anekārthābhiyoga.

2) Having more than one meaning (as a word).

3) Having the sense of the word aneka; e. g. nānā vinobhayānekārtheṣu ‘nānā has the sense of vinā, ubhaya and aneka. [The reading anekārtha in the present edition of Suśruta 2. 559. line 2 is clearly a misprint for anekānta; comp. ibid. 2. 556. line 7.] E. aneka and artha.

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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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