Ashtamitraya, Aṣṭamītraya: 1 definition


Ashtamitraya 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 term Aṣṭamītraya can be transliterated into English as Astamitraya or Ashtamitraya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Aṣṭamītraya (अष्टमीत्रय) is the name of a festival that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Aṣṭamītraya proceeds as follows: Śrāddhas with vegetables, meat and cakes are to be performed respectively on the dark eighth of Pauṣa, dark eighth of Māgha and bright eighth of Phālguṇa. Śrāddhas to the females are to be offered on the 9ths of those very months and fortnights.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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