Gurudakshina, aka: Gurudakṣiṇā, Guru-dakshina; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Gurudakṣiṇā can be transliterated into English as Gurudaksina or Gurudakshina, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


[Gurudakshina in Purana glossaries]

Gurudakṣiṇā (गुरुदक्षिणा).—The Preceptor's fee, offered by Kṛṣṇa and Rāma;1 by Keśidhvaja to Khāṇḍikya.2

  • 1) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 21. 24.
  • 2) Ib. VI. 6. 39, 43 and 48.
(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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Gurudakshina in Marathi glossaries]

gurudakṣiṇā (गुरुदक्षिणा).—f (S) Present made to the Guru on the completion of a course of instruction.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gurudakṣiṇā (गुरुदक्षिणा).—f Present made to the Guru on the completion of a course of instruction.

(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

[Gurudakshina in Sanskrit glossaries]

Gurudakṣiṇā (गुरुदक्षिणा).—fee given to a spiritual preceptor; उपात्तविद्यो गुरुदक्षिणार्थी (upāttavidyo gurudakṣiṇārthī) R.5.1.

Gurudakṣiṇā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms guru and dakṣiṇā (दक्षिणा).

(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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