Ashtapada, aka: Aṣṭapada, Aṣṭāpada, Ashtan-pada; 5 Definition(s)


Ashtapada means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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.

The Sanskrit terms Aṣṭapada and Aṣṭāpada can be transliterated into English as Astapada or Ashtapada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Aṣṭāpada (अष्टापद).—Gaming board (dyūtaphalaka) with which Baladeva beat Rukmi to death.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 28. 23.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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India history and geogprahy

Aṣṭapada (अष्टपद) is the Jain name for the mountain Kailāśa: a mountain mentioned in the Gupta inscription No. 17. The Gupta empire (r. 3rd-century CE), founded by Śrī Gupta, covered much of ancient India and embraced the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Kailāśa mountain is situated about 25 miles to the north of Māna-sarovara beyond Gangrī and to the east of the Niti Pass.

Source: Personal and geographical names in the Gupta inscriptions
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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aṣṭapāda (अष्टपाद).—m S A spider. 2 A fabulous animal with eight legs.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

aṣṭapāda (अष्टपाद).—m Spider.

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aṣṭapāda (अष्टपाद).—m A spider.

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

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Aṣṭapada (अष्टपद).—[-d] (°ṣṭa° or °ṣṭā°) a.

1) eight-footed.

2) a term for a pregnant animal.

Aṣṭapada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and pada (पद).

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Aṣṭapada (अष्टपद).—(°ṣṭa°)

1) a spider.

2) a fabulous animal called Śarabha.

3) a worm.

4) a wild sort of jasmin.

5) a pin or bolt.

6) the mountain Kailāsa (the abode of Kubera).

-daḥ, -dam [अष्टसु धातुषु पदं प्रतिष्ठा यस्य (aṣṭasu dhātuṣu padaṃ pratiṣṭhā yasya) Malli.]

Derivable forms: aṣṭapadaḥ (अष्टपदः).

Aṣṭapada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṣṭan and pada (पद).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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