Gajalakshana, Gajalakṣaṇa, Gaja-lakshana: 2 definitions

Introduction

Introduction:

Gajalakshana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Gajalakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Gajalaksana or Gajalakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Gajalakshana in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Gajalakṣaṇa (गजलक्षण) refers to the “signs of elephants” and is the name of the forty-ninth chapter of the Gārgīyajyotiṣa. It is similar to the 67th chapter of Vārahamihira’s work known as the Bṛhatsaṃhitā. The Gārgīyajyotiṣa is one of the most comprehensive of Garga’s texts and written in the form of a dialogue between Krauṣṭuki (Ṛṣiputra) and Garga discussing astral and other omens, comprising a total of sixty-two chapters (viz., gaja-lakṣaṇa), known as aṅgas and summarized in the Aṅgasamuddiśa (“enumeration of the divisions”, introductory portion).

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Gajalakshana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Gajalakṣaṇa (गजलक्षण) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—on the characteristics of elephants. Oppert. 2813.
—attributed to Bṛhaspati. Bik. 705. Oudh. Xvi, 148.

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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 (even English!). 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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