Aparantaka, aka: Aparāntaka, Apara-antaka; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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1) Aparāntaka (अपरान्तक) refers to one of the seven types of song (gitaka), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. Accordingly, “in the aparāntaka, śīrṣakas should be five, six or seven in number, and in the prakarī they should be four, three and a half and (i.e. seven and a half in all)”.

2) Aparāntaka also refers to one of the ten kinds of dhruvā (“songs”) defined in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32. Accordingly, “the dhruvā is so called, because in it words, varṇas, alaṃkāra, tempo (laya), jāti and pāṇis are regularly (dhruva) connected with one another”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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The Kingdom of Aparantaka in Buddhist Literature.—Aparanta and Aparantaka were two different areas. Buddhist sources unambiguously indicate the location of Aparantaka in the east and not in the west. Magadha and Aparantaka kingdoms were undoubtedly neighboring kingdoms. In all probability, the region of modern Bangladesh and some southern parts of West Bengal was referred to as “Aparantaka” in Buddhist sources. Later, Aparantaka Kingdom extended to Magadha in Bihar and to Sonabhadra district in Uttar Pradesh including Saketa, Prayaga and Kaushambi & up to Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh during the 10th century BCE.

Source: academia.edu: The Chronological History of Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

Aparāntaka refers to “western India”: a district of ancient India lying to the west of the Upper Irawady; as recorded in the Pāli Buddhist texts (detailing the geography of ancient India as it was known in to Early Buddhism).—According to the Buddhist tradition recorded in the Sāsanavaṃsa, Aparāntaka is the region lying to the west of the Upper Irawady. According to Sir R. G. Bhandarkar, Aparānta was the Northern Konkan, whose capital was Surpāraka (mod. Sopārā); while according to Bhagavānlal Indraji the western sea-board of India was called Aparāntaka or Aparāntika.

The Dīpavaṃsa (p. 54) and the Mahāvaṃsa (Ch. XII) state that Yona Dhammarakkhita, a Buddhist missionary, was sent to Aparāntaka for the spread of Buddhism there.

Source: Ancient Buddhist Texts: Geography of Early Buddhism
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Aparāntaka (अपरान्तक).—

1) = °अन्तः (antaḥ) pl.

2) Name of a song; अपरान्तकमुल्लोप्यं मद्रकं प्रकरीं तथा । औवेणकं सरोबिन्दुमुत्तरं गीतकानि च (aparāntakamullopyaṃ madrakaṃ prakarīṃ tathā | auveṇakaṃ sarobindumuttaraṃ gītakāni ca) || Y3.113; °अन्तिका (antikā) Name of a metre consisting of 64 mātrās.

Derivable forms: aparāntakaḥ (अपरान्तकः).

Aparāntaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms apara and antaka (अन्तक).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aparāntaka (अपरान्तक).—f. °ikā, adj. of the western border, or of the country called Aparānta; used of cloth or garments, also as nt. noun, (cloth or garments) of Aparānta Mvy 9179; °ka- in cpd. Divy 316.26, of garments (adj. or noun?). In Divy 20.22-23 perhaps read aparāntikayā guptikayā in the style of Aparānta (? see guptikā); text asmāt parānti°. In Divy 1.3; 18.6; 19.16, 19, 23; 21.2, 12 the mss. read corruptly, and with much variation, a text discussed by the editors on p. 703; they read asmāt parāntaka- and interpret as a synonym of pratyantima, except in 19.19 where they read asmākam aparāntaka-, interpreting (with privative a-) as the opposite, not distant, near. The forms are troublesome; without much confidence I suggest that forms of aparāntaka may have been found in all, meaning something like of the western border (if not speci- fically of the country Aparānta). But Tibetan (Bailey, JRAS 1950.172) on 19.19 points to Aśmāparāntaka, q.v.; and this seems to have been the regular Tibetan form acc. to Schiefner, cited Divy p. 703.

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