Garbhadhana, Garbhādhāna, Garbha-adhana: 19 definitions

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Garbhadhana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Garbhadhan.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—A ceremonial connected with pregnancy; a saṃskāra.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 42. 43: Matsya-purāṇa 275. 16.
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान) refers to one of the eleven saṃskāras (purificatory rites of fire) forming part of preliminary rites before Dīkṣā: an important ritual of Śāktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Society State and Polity: A Survey

Garbhadhana (गर्भधन, “conception”) refers to one of the sixteen saṃskāras, or “ceremonies” accompanying the individual during the Gṛhastha (householder) stage of the Āśrama way of life. These ceremonies (e.g., garbhadhana-saṃskāra) are community affairs and at each ceremony relations and friends gather for community eating.

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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान) refers to “being conceived” and represents one of the various saṃskāras, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 4.5cd-6, while describing the purification process of the initiand]—“[One goes through the saṃskāras:] conceived (garbhādhāna), born, by virtue of taking up one’s role, action and fruition. Then [the initatiand] atones and [proceeds through the remainder of the saṃskāras that] follow. All this should] be done with the mūlamantra”.

Commentary: “Conceived (garbhādhāna) means taking root in various bodies, janana is to be born out of that, adhikāra is the success of those who have grown to maturity and are suitable to experience bhoga. [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: archive.org: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

1) Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान) refers to “depositing a box with flowers and gems”, according to the first chapter of the Agastyasaṃhitā (agastya-brahma-saṃvāda edition), an ancient Pāñcarātra Āgama text dealing with typical Pāñcarātra concepts such as the Vyūhas.—[Cf. the chapter prāsādalakṣaṇa]:—[...] A pit is dug and reinforced with sands, whereupon an iṣṭakā-homa service is attended to—and the method for doing this is given, indicating that what is to be done there is a very grand undertaking (23-31a). The first bricks are laid [iṣṭakādhāna] near the site of the future nuance whereupon the pit previously dug is made ready to recede a box filled with flowers, gems, [garbhādhāna]. The liturgy of filling, placing and burying the box is given (along with clues to the ideology of the elaborate ceremony—31b-74). [...]

2) Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान) refers to one of the Saṃskāra routines (or “sacraments appropriate for initiates”), as discussed in the twenty-ninth chapter of the Nāradīyasaṃhitā: a Pāñcarātra document comprising over 3000 verses in 30 chapters presenting in a narrative framework the teachings of Nārada to Gautama, dealing primarily with modes of worship and festivals.— Description of the chapter [sarva-devatāsthāpanavidhi]: Gautama asks Nārada about the saṃskāra-sacraments appropriate for initiates (1). Nārada briefly tells when and how various saṃskāras are to be done: [e.g., garbhādhāna (2-3a)] [...]. The chapter closes with the general remarks that only pāñcarātra-mantras—which are professed to be Vedic in character, whether traceable to the Vedas or not—are to be used in the saṃskāra-routines [e.g., garbhādhāna] (36b-40).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—n (S) Impregnation or fecundation of the womb. 2 A ceremony performed after the appearance of the menstrual flux for the purification of the womb and facilitation of conception.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—n A ceremony performed after the appearance of the menstrual flux.

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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.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—

1) impregnation; गर्भाधानक्षणपरिच- यान्नूनमाबद्धमालाः (garbhādhānakṣaṇaparica- yānnūnamābaddhamālāḥ) (balākāḥ) Meghadūta 9.

2) one of the Saṃskāras or purificatory ceremonies performed after menstruation to ensure or facilitate conception; (this ceremony legalizes in a religious sense the consummation of marriage); Y.1.11.

Derivable forms: garbhādhānam (गर्भाधानम्).

Garbhādhāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms garbha and ādhāna (आधान).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—n.

(-naṃ) A ceremony performed prior to conception. E. garbha the embryo, and ādhāna taking, being supposed conductive to future impreganation.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—n. a ceremony performed previous to conception.

Garbhādhāna is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms garbha and ādhāna (आधान).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—[neuter] impregnation.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Oppert. Ii, 6898.
—up to Nāmakaraṇa. Bp. 297.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Garbhadhāna (गर्भधान):—[=garbha-dhāna] [from garbha] for rbhādhāna, [xii, 9648].

2) Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान):—[from garbha] n. impregnation (of [locative case]), [Mahābhārata xii, 9648; Meghadūta 9; Pāṇini 3-3, 71; Kāśikā-vṛtti]

3) [v.s. ...] ‘impregnation-rite’, a ceremony performed before conception or after menstruation to ensure conception, [Yājñavalkya i, 11; Gṛhyāsaṃgraha; Mahābhārata iii; Kapila’s Sāṃkhya-pravacana]

4) [v.s. ...] cf. [Religious Thought and Life in India p.353]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान):—[garbhā+dhāna] (naṃ) 1. n. A ceremony performed prior to conception.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Gaṃbbhāhāṇa.

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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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान) [Also spelled garbhadhan]:—(nm) impregnation; insemination.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Garbhadhana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Garbhādhāna (ಗರ್ಭಾಧಾನ):—

1) [noun] a fertilising of a ovum or egg of the female by a male germ cell (as may happen in a sexual intercourse); impregnation.

2) [noun] a rite observed before the first sexual contact between a man and the woman married to each other; the nupital ceremony.

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