Ashtakapala, Aṣṭākapāla, Aṣṭakapāla, Ashtan-kapala: 3 definitions

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Ashtakapala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Aṣṭākapāla and Aṣṭakapāla can be transliterated into English as Astakapala or Ashtakapala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Aṣṭākapāla (अष्टाकपाल) is the name of an oblation, as mentioned in the Āpastamba-yajña-paribhāṣā-sūtras.—“the Aṣṭā-kapāla for Agni, the Ekādaśa-kapāla for Agnī-Ṣomau, and the Upāṃśuyāga (the muttered offering of butter), form the principal acts at the Paurṇamāsī, the full moon. The other Homas are Aṅga. The Aṣṭā-kapāla for Agni, the Ekādaśa-kapāla or Dvādaśa-kapāla for Indra-Agnī, form the principal acts at the Amāvāsyā, the new moon, in the case of one who does not sacrifice with Soma”.

The Aṣṭākapāla is the cake baked in eight cups, the Ekādaśakapāla that baked in eleven cups, and respectively destined for Agni and Soma. What is meant are the sacrificial acts for which these cakes are used.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṣṭakapāla (अष्टकपाल).—a.ṣṭā°) prepared or offered in 'eight' pans.

-laḥ a sacrifice in which ghee is offered in eight pans.

Aṣṭakapāla is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and kapāla (कपाल).

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

Aṣṭākapāla (अष्टाकपाल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lī-laṃ) Prepared in eight pans. m.

(-laḥ) 1. A sacrifice in which ghee, is offered in eight vessels. E. aṣṭa and kapāla the convexity of a jar.

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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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