Dakshinayana, aka: Dakṣiṇāyana, Dakshina-ayana; 7 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Dakṣiṇāyana can be transliterated into English as Daksinayana or Dakshinayana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Dakṣiṇāyana (दक्षिणायन) is the name of a festival that once existed in ancient Kashmir (Kaśmīra) as mentioned in the Nīlamatapurāṇa.—Dakṣiṇāyana proceeds as folows: The southern progress of the sun is to be celebrated with gifts of ground and parched grains, snow, sugar, vegetables, umbrella, shoes etc. made to the Brāhmaṇas.Source: archive.org: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary studySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)
Dakṣiṇāyana (दक्षिणायन).—Sun's southward motion from summer solstice to winter solstice. Note: Dakṣiṇāyana is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms
Dakṣiṇāyana (दक्षिणायन).—Summer solstice is known as Dakṣiṇāyana or Karkaṭa-Saṃkrānti. The word Dakṣiṇāyana similarly came to be used in later period to designate the date of summer solstice.Source: Shodhganga: Ajanta’s antiquity (jyotisha)
Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.
Languages of India and abroad
dakṣiṇāyana (दक्षिणायन).—n (S) The southing or southerly declination of the sun &c.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
dakṣiṇāyana (दक्षिणायन).—n The southerly declination of the sun, &c.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
Dakṣiṇāyana (दक्षिणायन).—the sun's progress south of the equator, the half year in which the sun moves from the north to the south, the winter solstice; सर्वेऽश्वमेधैरीजानास्तेऽ न्वयुर्दक्षिणायनम् (sarve'śvamedhairījānāste' nvayurdakṣiṇāyanam) Mb. 12.29.13. रात्रिः स्याद्दक्षिणायनम् (rātriḥ syāddakṣiṇāyanam) Ms.1.67; Bhāg.5.21.3.
Derivable forms: dakṣiṇāyanam (दक्षिणायनम्).
Dakṣiṇāyana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms dakṣiṇa and ayana (अयन).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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