Dashalakshana, aka: Daśalakṣaṇa, Dasha-lakshana, Dashan-lakshana; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Daśalakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Dasalaksana or Dashalakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


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Daśalakṣaṇa (दशलक्षण).—The Bhāgavata seems to adhere to the Daśalakṣaṇa definition. It says: “Those who are experts in the Puranic lore declare that the Purāṇa distinguished by the following techniques (or topics dealt with):

  1. Subtle creation (sarga),
  2. Gross creation (visarga),
  3. Sustenance (vṛtti),
  4. Protection of the universe (rakṣā),
  5. Cause or the lust for karmas (hetu),
  6. The periods of Manu (antara i.e., Manvantara),
  7. Dynasties of kings (vaṃśa),
  8. Deeds of the Lord and dynastic kings (vaṃśānucarita),
  9. Physical annihilation (saṃsthā),
  10. The last-support or ultimate reality (apasarga).

O Brāhmaṇa (Saunaka), some say that Puranas have five characteristics which distinguish between great and small Puranas.”

Source: Shodhganga: Cosmogony and the conception of God
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Daśalakṣaṇa (दशलक्षण) is the name of a Digambara Jain festival, and can be interpreted as the “festival of the ten religious qualities”. Although different, it can be compared to the Śvetāmbara Paryuṣan ceremony.

Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Daśalakṣaṇa (दशलक्षण) or Daśalakṣaṇaparvan starts immediately after the completion of the completion of the Śvetāmbara Paryuṣan and lasts for ten days. It revolves around the recitation of the ten chapters of the Tattvārthasūtra and homilies delivered by members of the community on successive days on each of the ten religious qualities enunciated at TS 9.6 (viz., forbearance, gentleness, uprightness, purity, truth, restraint, austerity, renunciation, lack of possession and chastity).

Source: Google Books: The Jains
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Daśalakṣaṇa (दशलक्षण).—a. relating to 1 objects; इदं भागवतं पुराणं दक्षलक्षणम् (idaṃ bhāgavataṃ purāṇaṃ dakṣalakṣaṇam) Bhāg.2.9.43.

Daśalakṣaṇa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms daśan and lakṣaṇa (लक्षण).

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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