Asanavidhi, Āsanavidhi, Asana-vidhi: 5 definitions



Asanavidhi 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.

In Hinduism

Ganapatya (worship of Ganesha)

[«previous next»] — Asanavidhi in Ganapatya glossary
Source: Google Books: Ganapati: Song of the Self

Āsanavidhi (आसनविधि) refers to the “rite for taking the seat”, representing one of the possible preliminary rites (upacāra) of a pūjā (deity worship).—Each act in a pūjā is not only physical and/or mental, but also symbolic, cosmic, and spiritual. Sprinkling, sipping, and bathing are symbolic of purification, of the worshipped as well as of the worshipper and the surroundings. Various offerings [viz., āsanavidhi] symbolize the surrendering of one’s latent tendencies (vāsanā) as expressed in thoughts, words, and deeds.

context information

Ganapatya (गाणपत्य, gāṇapatya) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Ganesha is revered and worshipped as the prime deity (ishta-devata). Being a minor though influential movement, Ganapatya evovled, llike Shaktism and Shaivism, as a separate movement leaving behind a large body of literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Asanavidhi in Hinduism glossary
Source: ACHC: Smarta Puja

Āsanavidhi (आसनविधि) refers to “rite for taking the seat” representing one of the various preparatory rites performed before pūjā (ritualistic worship of a deity) which aim at the purification of the devotee.

Āsanavidhi comprises three rites:

  1. Invocation of the earth as support of the devotee’s seat,
  2. driving away of evil spirits (bhutotsadāna) and inviting gods,
  3. removing the “human odour” (manuṣyagandha).

(1) It is of great importance for the devotee to have a fixed place/support (pratiṣṭhā), a firm foundation during the performance of the ritual. A person without such a firm establishment cannot perform a ritual act successfully. The place once occupied should not be left during the performance. [...] (2) The following two mantras are recited to drive away evil spirits, like bhūtas and piśāca, who are believed to stay on the earth. The third mantra is a salutation to Bhairava. [...] (3) The last part of the ritual aims at the removal of the “human odour” (manuṣyagandha) by reciting RV 10.63.3 and 4.50.6.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Asanavidhi in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āsanavidhi (आसनविधि).—m (S) In Yoga. The law determining the several āsana or attitudes:--how to form them; how long to maintain them &c. &c.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Asanavidhi in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Āsanavidhi (आसनविधि):—[=āsana-vidhi] [from āsana > ās] m. the ceremony of offering a seat to a visitor.

[Sanskrit to German]

Asanavidhi in German

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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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