Aposhana, Āpośana, Apośana, Āpośāna, Apośāna: 4 definitions

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Aposhana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit terms Āpośana and Apośana and Āpośāna and Apośāna can be transliterated into English as Aposana or Aposhana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: archive.org: Naisadhacarita of Sriharsa

Āpośāna (आपोशान) refers to the custom of “drinking before a meal some water from the hollow of the palm”, and is mentioned in the Naiṣadha-carita 19.28. Āpośāna refers to the custom of drinking before a meal some water from the hollow of the palm by stretching out the little finger keeping the other fingers closed. The word [āpośāna] is spelt also apośana, apośāna and āpośana. It is believed that the Āpośāna ceremony turns the food into nectar, and should be accompanied by the appropriate formula. Cf. Brahmapurāṇa quoted in Vīramitrodaya (Āhnikaprakāśa). Cf. Brahmapurāṇa 163.18. The custom is prescribed in Yājñavalkya 1.31.

The word āpośāna is extremely rare in Kāvya literature. It is used also in Anargharāghava 7.96. The word occurs in its Prākṛta form in Koūhala’s Līlāvaī (verse 8). Usāyaṇi and Osāyaṇi are given as variants. Another form is Osāaṇaṃ.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āpōśana (आपोशन).—n (S) pop. āpōṣṇī f Sipping of water from the palm of the hand at the beginning and end of a meal: also the water so sipped.

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

āpōśana (आपोशन).—n āpōṣṇī f Sipping of water from the palm of the hand at the beginning and end of a meal; the water so sipped.

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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-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Āpośāna (आपोशान).—Name of a kind of prayer or formula repeated before and after eating (the formulas being respectively amṛtopastaraṇamasi svāhā and amṛtāpidhānamasi svāhā); आपोशानक्रियापूर्वं सत्कृतान्नमकुत्सयन् (āpośānakriyāpūrvaṃ satkṛtānnamakutsayan) Y.1.31,16.

-nam The act of making an उपस्तरण (upastaraṇa) (seat) and अपिधान (apidhāna) (covering) for the food eaten.

Derivable forms: āpośānaḥ (आपोशानः).

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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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