Brahmanjali, aka: Brahmāñjali, Brahman-anjali; 3 Definition(s)


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Brahmāñjali (ब्रह्माञ्जलि).—When a disciple stands before his teacher he should have both his arms folded. Folding both arms in this way is called Brahmāñjali. (Manusmṛti, Chapter 2).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Brahmāñjali (ब्रह्माञ्जलि).—

1) respectful salutation with folded hands while repeating the Veda.

2) obeisance to a preceptor (at the beginning and conclusion of the repetition of the Veda); अपश्यद्यावतो वेदविदां ब्रह्माञ्जलीनसौ (apaśyadyāvato vedavidāṃ brahmāñjalīnasau) N.17.183; ब्रह्मारम्भेऽवसाने च पादौ ग्राह्यौ गुरोः सदा । संहत्य हस्तावध्येयं स हि ब्रह्माञ्जलिः स्मृतः (brahmārambhe'vasāne ca pādau grāhyau guroḥ sadā | saṃhatya hastāvadhyeyaṃ sa hi brahmāñjaliḥ smṛtaḥ) || Ms.2.71.

Derivable forms: brahmāñjaliḥ (ब्रह्माञ्जलिः).

Brahmāñjali is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms brahman and añjali (अञ्जलि).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Brahmāñjali (ब्रह्माञ्जलि).—m.

(-liḥ) 1. Joining both hands together, whilst reading the Vedas, either as an act of humility or to mark the accentuation of the Sama-Veda. 2. Paying obeisance to the spiritual preceptor at the beginning or end of a lecture. E. brahma the Vedas and añcali the hands joined.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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