Apsarasa, Apsarasā: 5 definitions
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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Apsarasa (अप्सरस) is the Sanskrit name for a group of deities to be worshipped during raṅgapūjā, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 3.1-8. Accordingly, the master of the dramatic art who has been initiated for the purpose shall consecrate the playhouse after he has made obeisance (e.g., to Apsarasas).
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).
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)Source: academia.edu: The Structure and Meanings of the Heruka Maṇḍala
Apsarasā (अप्सरसा) is the name of a Ḍākinī who, together with the Vīra (hero) named Apsarasa forms one of the 36 pairs situated in the Jñānacakra, according to the 10th century Ḍākārṇava chapter 15. Accordingly, the jñānacakra refers to one of the three divisions of the saṃbhoga-puṭa (‘enjoyment layer’), situated in the Herukamaṇḍala. The 36 pairs of Ḍākinīs [viz., Apsarasā] and Vīras are white in color; the shapes of their faces are in accordance with their names; they have four arms; they hold a skull bowl, a skull staff, a small drum, and a knife.
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Āpsarasa (आप्सरस):—[from āpsara] mf(ī)n. a descendant of an Apsaras, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa vi, 4, 16]
2) [v.s. ...] n. Name of a Sāman.
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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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Apsarasagana.
Ends with: Pancapsarasa.
Full-text (+40): Apsaras, Apsarapati, Apsarastirtha, Apsarahpati, Manjughosha, Manobhava, Madanapriya, Shobhavati, Ayushmatya, Mrigava, Gandharvapsaras, Manorama, Subhumika, Sparshananda, Shvavati, Bhirava, Varhaya, Upadevata, Rathajiteyi, Shocayanti.
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Rig Veda (translation and commentary) (by H. H. Wilson)
Rig Veda 7.33.9 < [Sukta 33]
Rig Veda 10.136.6 < [Sukta 136]
Rig Veda 9.66.20 < [Sukta 66]
The Curse of Urvasi < [June 1946]
Asvaghosha < [April – June, 2002]
"Prabhu Devara Ragale" < [April 1940]
The Vishnu Purana (by Horace Hayman Wilson)
Chapter XXI - Families of the Daityas < [Book I]
Chapter X - Names of the twelve Adityas < [Book II]
Chapter IX - Legend of Lakshmi < [Book I]
Natyashastra (English) (by Bharata-muni)
Part 7 - Data of India’s Cultural History in the Nāṭyaśāstra < [Introduction, part 1]
Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara (Study) (by Debabrata Barai)
Part 4.1 - Nature and divisions of Vākya (literary speech) < [Chapter 5 - Analyasis and Interpretations of the Kāvyamīmāṃsā]
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CCXLII - The Jnanamritam Stotram < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CCXXXV - The mode of Practising the Great Yoga < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CCXLIV - The hymn to Achyuta < [Dhanvantari Samhita]