Brahmacarini, Brahmacāriṇī, Brahman-carini: 6 definitions

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Brahmacarini means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Brahmacharini.

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Brahmacāriṇī (ब्रह्मचारिणी) is the name of a Goddess that was once worshipped in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—These Goddesses (e.g., Brahmacāriṇī) form the shining galaxy of female deities worshipped by the people of Kaśmīra.

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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Hare-Krsna: Nava-Durgā

Brahmacāriṇī (ब्रह्मचारिणी) refers to one of the nine Navadurgā which literally means the “nine forms of Goddess Durgā”, and constitute, according to Vedic scriptures, the manifestation of Durgā in Her nine different aspects. [...] Each goddess [viz., Brahmacāriṇī] has a different form and a special significance.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Brahmacarini in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Brahmacāriṇī (ब्रह्मचारिणी).—

1) an epithet of Durgā.

2) a woman who observes the vow of chastity.

Brahmacāriṇī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and cāriṇī (चारिणी).

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

1) Brahmacāriṇī (ब्रह्मचारिणी):—[=brahma-cāriṇī] [from brahma-cārin > brahma > brahman] f. Name of Durgā, [DevīP.]

2) [v.s. ...] a woman who observes the vow of chastity, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] Clerodendrum Siphonantus, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] ([varia lectio] raṇī)

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

5) [v.s. ...] = karuṇī, [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 (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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Brahmācāriṇī (ब्रह्माचारिणी):—(nf) feminine form of '[brahmacārī]'.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Brahmacarini in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Brahmacāriṇi (ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಚಾರಿಣಿ):—

1) [noun] an unmarried man or a man under a vow to remain unmarried.

2) [noun] (fem.) one who abstains from sexual intercourse.

3) [noun] the Goddess Durga.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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