Ekaparna, Ekaparṇā, Eka-parna: 4 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Ekaparṇā (एकपर्णा).—Sister of Durgā. Ekaparṇā, Ekapāṭalā and Aparṇā were the three daughters of Himavān born of his wife Menā. Ekaparṇā ate only one leaf and Ekapāṭalā ate a bunch of leaves. Aparṇā did not eat even a leaf. Ekaparṇā was married to a sage called Devala and Ekapāṭalā to a sage called Jaigīṣavya. (Chapter 18, Hari Vaṃśa). (See under Himavān).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Ekaparṇā (एकपर्णा).—One of the three daughters of Menā and Himavān; wife of Asita (Sita, Matsya-purāṇa) and mother of Devala; performed penance under a banyan tree; lived on a single leaf once in every 2000 years.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 72. 7; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 32; 9. 3; 10. 8, 11; Matsya-purāṇa 13. 8-9; Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 27; 71. 4; 72. 9, 11, 17.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Ekaparṇā (एकपर्णा).—

1) Name of a younger sister of Durgā.

2) Name of Durgā.

3) a plant having one leaf only.

Ekaparṇā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms eka and parṇā (पर्णा).

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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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