Jrimbhakastra, Jṛmbhakāstra, Jrimbhaka-astra: 2 definitions



Jrimbhakastra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Jṛmbhakāstra can be transliterated into English as Jrmbhakastra or Jrimbhakastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dhanurveda (science of warfare)

[«previous (J) next»] — Jrimbhakastra in Dhanurveda glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Dhanurveda

Jṛmbhakāstra (जृम्भकास्त्र) refers to a weapon (a mythical missile; also known as Jimbhakāstra). It is a Sanskrit word defined in the Dhanurveda-saṃhitā, which contains a list of no less than 117 weapons. The Dhanurveda-saṃhitā is said to have been composed by the sage Vasiṣṭha, who in turn transmitted it trough a tradition of sages, which can eventually be traced to Śiva and Brahmā.

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Dhanurveda (धनुर्वेद) refers to the “knowledge of warfare” and, as an upaveda, is associated with the Ṛgveda. It contains instructions on warfare, archery and ancient Indian martial arts, dating back to the 2nd-3rd millennium BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous (J) next»] — Jrimbhakastra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jṛmbhakāstra (जृम्भकास्त्र).—A kind of missile causing yawning and sleepiness; नियतममितवीर्यं जृम्भते जृम्भकास्त्रम् (niyatamamitavīryaṃ jṛmbhate jṛmbhakāstram) U.5.13.

Derivable forms: jṛmbhakāstram (जृम्भकास्त्रम्).

Jṛmbhakāstra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jṛmbhaka and astra (अस्त्र).

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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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