Hamsini, Haṃsinī: 3 definitions



Hamsini means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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 Hansini.

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Journal of the University of Bombay Volume V: Apabhramsa metres (2)

Haṃsinī (हंसिनी) is the name of a catuṣpadi metre (as popularly employed by the Apabhraṃśa bards), as discussed in books such as the Chandonuśāsana, Kavidarpaṇa, Vṛttajātisamuccaya and Svayambhūchandas.—Haṃsinī (SIS, ISS, IS) is really varṇa-vṛtta, though it is defined as the mātrā-vṛtta with 13 mātrās in its lines.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Lalita Sahasranama

Haṃsinī (हंसिनी) is name 456 in the Lalitāsahasranāma.—In the form of haṃsa-mantra, also known as ajapa-mantra, a method of mantra recitation from dawn to dawn concentrating on the psychic cakras. Ajapa-japa also relies on inhalation and exhalation.—Note: Swans are known for their agility of walking.  Poetic parlance of Saundarya Laharī (verse 91) describes this situation as ‘the swans that are nurtured in the house of Paramaśiva (Her house as well) practice your walking agility’.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Haṃsinī (हंसिनी):—[from haṃsin > haṃsa] f. a [particular] manner of walking, [Saṃgīta-sārasaṃgraha]

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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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