Jambhaka, aka: Jambhakā; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Jambhaka (जम्भक) is the name of a deity to be invoked in a certain ritual, according to the Mānavagṛhyasūtra 2.14. Accordingly, the deity is prescribed when one suffers from possession by the Vināyakas, Śālakaṭaṅkaṭa, Kūṣmāṇḍarājaputra, Usmita and Devayajana. The Baijavāpagṛhyasūtra replaces the names of last two vināyakas with Mita and Sammita. According to R. C. Hazra in his Gaṇapati-worship, “this rite is both expiatory and propitiatory in nature and in which various things including meat and fish (both raw and cooked) and wine and cakes are to be offered”..

The gṛhya-sūtras are a branch of dharma-sūtras and refer to a category of Vedic literature dealing with domstic rites and rituals. The Mānava-gṛhya-sūtra belongs to the Kṛṣṇa-yajurveda. The Baijavāpa-gṛhya-sūtra is known only through references to it in other works (eg., Vīramitrodaya-Saṃskāra).

Source: archive.org: The religion and philosophy of the Veda and the Upanishads (dharmashastra)
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Jambhaka (जम्भक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. II.28.7) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Jambhaka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jambhaka in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [J] · next »

Jambhaka (जम्भक).—a.

1) Eating, devouring.

2) Killing, crushing; destroying.

3) Biting, asunder.

4) Explaining, interpreting.

5) Opening, expanding.

6) Yawning.

-kaḥ 1 A lime or citron.

2) A treacherous man; साधु भो जम्भक (sādhu bho jambhaka) ! साधु (sādhu) | Dūtavākyam 1.

3) Medicinal treatment; विद्याजम्भकवार्तिकैः (vidyājambhakavārtikaiḥ) Mb.5.64.16.

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Jambhakā (जम्भका).—A yawn, gaping.

See also (synonyms): jambhā, jambhikā.

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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