Garbhadhana, aka: Garbhādhāna, Garbha-adhana; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Garbhadhana in Purana glossaries]

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

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 42. 43: Matsya-purāṇa 275. 16.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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)

[Garbhadhana in Shaktism glossaries]

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.

(Source): JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta
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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)

[Garbhadhana in Arthashastra glossaries]

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 (eg., garbhadhana-saṃskāra) are community affairs and at each ceremony relations and friends gather for community eating.

(Source): Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Society State and Polity: A Survey
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Garbhadhana in Marathi glossaries]

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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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

[Garbhadhana in Sanskrit glossaries]

Garbhādhāna (गर्भाधान).—

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

2) one of the Saṁskāras 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): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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