Arcana, Arcanā: 6 definitions

Introduction

Arcana 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Archana.

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Arcana (अर्चन).—The procedures followed for worshiping the arcā-vigraha, the Deity in the temple; engaging all the senses in the service of the Lord.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Arcana (अर्चन) refers to a classification of pūjā (ritualistic worship) according to the Suprabhedāgama.—The Āgamas have several different classifications of nityapūjā (daily worship), based on the number of offerings, frequency, time duration and so on. The nomenclature also varies between Āgamas. The essence however is similar. Arcana is mentioned in the Suprabhedāgama (7.1) as “the pūjā that offers only the first seven mandatory offerings”. Arcana is also mentioned in the Kāraṇāgama (30.405), Dīptāgama (26.1) and Makuṭāgama (3.32) as “the pūjā that ends with dīpa”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

arcana (अर्चन).—n (S) arcanā f (S) Worship, homage paid to gods or superiors.

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

arcana (अर्चन).—n-f Worship, homage paid to gods.

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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

Arcana (अर्चन).—a. [arc-lyuṭ] worshipping, praising.

-nam, -nā Worshipping, reverence or respect paid to deities and superiors.

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

Arcana (अर्चन).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) An article of worship. nf.

(-naṃ-nā) Worship, the homage paid to deities and to superiors. E. arca to worship, yuc affix, and ṭāp fem. do.

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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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