Garbhabhajana, Garbhabhājana, Garbha-bhajana: 2 definitions


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra

Garbhabhājana (गर्भभाजन) refers to the “consecration deposit box”, according to the twelfth chapter of the Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra, which deals with the offering in the hole according to the different deities, division of the construction of the foundation, and instructions for the measurements for the temple.—Accordingly, “[...] then the best of Deśikas, who is attentive, having placed a brick with this mantra should make a consecration deposit box (garbhabhājana), in the middle location [...]”.

Note: The term garbhabhājana should, according to Acharya, be translated as the foundation-pit, the excavation (He quotes part of the Mānasāra ch XII.1-128 both for this and garbhanyāsa. The term apperars in verses 12.19,21,22 and 39 of the Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra. However, it seems to be that in 12.19-22 this term refers to the consecration-casket or deposit box. Ślączka argues for the term consecration deposit box (though for the Sanskrit term garbhanyāsa). Even though this term is a bit long it is clearly describing what the object is. It seems clear to me that this is a box and not a pit as it should be polished, not cracked and have the form of a lotus (12.19). [...] Thus if one takes garbha as consecration deposit and bhājana as repository then garbhabhājana would be consecration deposit repository (or box).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

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Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Garbhabhājana (गर्भभाजन) refers to “cassette of the foundation deposit § 2.1.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Garbhabhājana (गर्भभाजन).—the foundation pit, the excavation.

Derivable forms: garbhabhājanam (गर्भभाजनम्).

Garbhabhājana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms garbha and bhājana (भाजन).

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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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