Bhiksha, Bhikṣā: 9 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Bhikṣā can be transliterated into English as Bhiksa or Bhiksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

India history and geogprahy

Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

Bhiksha (receiving alms) refers to a type of “privilege” applied to certain divisions of the Nambutiris. Bhiksha refers to the right of becoming a Sanyasi. The Nambutiri people form the socio-spiritual aristocracy of Malabar, and, as the traditional landlords of Parasu Rama’s land, they are everywhere held in great reverence.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Bhikṣā.—(IE 8-4), a grant or endowment; cf. ekādaśa- Rudra-bhikṣā (EI 32), an endowment in the gods’ name. Note: bhikṣā is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

bhikṣā (भिक्षा).—f (S) Alms or charity; money or food given to beggars. v ghāla, dē. Pr. bhikṣā ghāla gē sāvitrī kōṇhī ghālatō kāya? Pr. bhikṣēśvara kiṃvā laṅkēśvara or, popularly, bhikēsarī kīṃ laṅkēsarī (I'll be) either the king of beggars or the lord of Lanka. 2 Applied to a boon or thing earnestly besought. Ex. tū kōṇhāvara rāgēṃ bharūṃ nakō ēvaḍhī malā bhikṣā dē.

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

bhikṣā (भिक्षा).—f Alms or charity.

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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

Bhikṣā (भिक्षा).—[bhikṣ-a]

1) Asking, begging, soliciting वृत्ते शरावसंपाते भिक्षां नित्यं यतिश्चरेत् (vṛtte śarāvasaṃpāte bhikṣāṃ nityaṃ yatiścaret) Ms.6.56.

2) Anything given as alms, alms; भवति भिक्षां देहि (bhavati bhikṣāṃ dehi).

3) Wages, hire.

4) Service.

5) A means of subsistence अपेतक्लमसंतापाः सुभिक्षाः सुप्रतिश्रयाः (apetaklamasaṃtāpāḥ subhikṣāḥ supratiśrayāḥ) Rām.2.92.6.

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

Bhikṣā (भिक्षा).—f.

(-kṣā) 1. Service. 2. Hire, wages. 3. Begging, asking. 4. The thing obtained by begging, alms. 5. A mouthful or handful of food, given as alms. E. bhikṣ to beg or obtain by begging, aṅ and ṭāp affs.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhikṣā (भिक्षा).—[bhikṣ + ā], f. 1. Begging, [Pañcatantra] 116, 17. 2. Alms., [Pañcatantra] 116, 19. 3. Begged food, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 50. 4. Hire. 5. Service.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Bhikṣā (भिक्षा).—[feminine] begging or begged food, alms; [accusative] [with] yā, car, or aṭ go begging for food.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Bhikṣā (भिक्षा):—[from bhikṣ] f. the act of begging or asking (with √kṛ, to beg; with √aṭ, car, bhram and , to go about begging), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] etc. etc.

2) [v.s. ...] any boon obtained by begging (alms, food etc.), [Atharva-veda] etc. etc. (also ifc. e.g. putra-bhikṣāṃ dehi, ‘grant the boon of a son’ [Rāmāyaṇa])

3) [v.s. ...] hire, wages, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] service, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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