Ekakshara, aka: Ekākṣarā, Eka-akshara; 6 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Ekākṣarā can be transliterated into English as Ekaksara or Ekakshara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Ekākṣarā (एकाक्षरा, “one syllable”) is another name for Brāhmī, the form of Trikalā having a white body representing the energy of Brahmā, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 91. Trikalā (त्रिकला) is the name of a Goddess born from the combined looks of Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara (Śiva).
The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.(Source): Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa
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.
Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)
Ekākṣara (एकाक्षर).—Consisting of one single syllable ; e.g. स्व, भू, वाच् (sva, bhū, vāc) etc. cf. एकाक्षरा-त्कृते जातेः सप्तम्यां च न तौ स्मृतौ (ekākṣarā-tkṛte jāteḥ saptamyāṃ ca na tau smṛtau) M.Bh. on P.V.2.115, as also on VI.1.168, VI.4.161.(Source): Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.
Itihasa (narrative history)
Ekākṣarā (एकाक्षरा) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.24). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Ekākṣarā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).
Languages of India and abroad
ēkākṣara (एकाक्षर).—a S Monosyllabic. Used as s n A monosyllable.(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
ēkākṣara (एकाक्षर).—a Monosyllabic. n A monosyllable.(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.
Ekākṣara (एकाक्षर).—a. monosyllabic. ओमित्येकाक्षरं ब्रह्म (omityekākṣaraṃ brahma) Bg.8.13. (-ram) 1 a monosyllable.
2) the sacred syllable; ओम् (om); एकाक्षरं परं ब्रह्म (ekākṣaraṃ paraṃ brahma) Ms.2.83.
3) The sole imperishable thing; एका- क्षरमभिसंभूय (ekā- kṣaramabhisaṃbhūya) Av.5.28.8.
4) Name of an Upaniṣad. °कोशः (kośaḥ) a vocabulary of monosyllabic words by Puruṣottamadeva. °रीभावः (rībhāvaḥ) the production of only one syllable, contraction.
Ekākṣara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and akṣara (अक्षर).(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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