Kramapatha, Kramapāṭha, Krama-patha: 8 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

[«previous next»] — Kramapatha in Vyakarana glossary
Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Kramapāṭha (क्रमपाठ).—Recital of the Vedic Saṃhitā by means of separate groups of two words, repeating each word except the first of the Vedic verseline; see क्रम (krama) above. The various rules and exceptions are given in detail in Paṭalas ten and eleven of the Ṛk Prātiśākhya. The Vedic Saṃhitā or Saṃhitāpāṭha is supposed to be the original one and the Padapāṭha prepared later on, with a view to preserving the Vedic text without any change or modification of a letter, or accent; cf. न लक्षणेन पदकारा अनुवर्त्याः । पदकारैर्नाम लक्षणमनुवर्त्यम् (na lakṣaṇena padakārā anuvartyāḥ | padakārairnāma lakṣaṇamanuvartyam) M. Bh. on III. 1.109, VI. 1.207 and VIII. 2.16, where Patañjali clearly says that grammar-rules are not to follow the Padapāṭha, but, the writer of the Padapāṭha is to follow the rules already laid down. The Jaṭāpāṭha, the Ghanapāṭha and the other recitals are later developments of the Padapāṭha as they are not mentioned in the Prātiśākhya works.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Kramapatha in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Kramapāṭha (क्रमपाठ).—A method of teaching the Vedas. It is due to the insistence on strict adherence to this method of teaching that even after thousands of years variations have not crept into the original texts of the Vedas which form the earliest literature. There is a portion called 'word study' (Pada Pāṭha) in the Vedas (the scripture). Every word in the Veda is separated from its prefixes and suffixes. The second step is Kramapāṭha or the study of joining prefixes and suffixes to each word got by the first step. Next step is Jaṭāpāṭha in which words are combined with their prefixes and suffixes. To guard against the creeping in of mistakes in this step, the next step which is known as Ghanapāṭha is taught. In this step the first step of Padapāṭha and the second step of Krama pāṭha are mixed together and intermingled from beginning to end and end to beginning. There are rules to make combined words by using prefixes and suffixes. These rules are called Prātiśākhya. Because the Vedas are taught in this way with so much attention and care, their texts have never been subjected to changes and variations.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Kramapatha in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Kramapatha (क्रमपथ) refers to the “Krama path”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “(She is) the Vidyā who bears Bhairava’s form. The energy of Kālī in the Age of Strife, she is Kaulinī come forth from the divine in Hara’s teaching. On the Krama path [i.e., kramapatha] she should be praised as Umā and Carcikā. She is Khecarī marked with Śrīnātha, to whom the gods bow. She is the mistress of the wheel (cakreśvarī), Vakrikā within the couple (of Śiva and Śakti) and the supreme energy”.

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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

[«previous next»] — Kramapatha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kramapāṭha (क्रमपाठ).—the Karma reading.

Derivable forms: kramapāṭhaḥ (क्रमपाठः).

Kramapāṭha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms krama and pāṭha (पाठ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kramapāṭha (क्रमपाठ).—[masculine] the step-recitation (of the Veda, [opposed] saṃhitāpāṭa q.v.).

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

Kramapāṭha (क्रमपाठ):—[=krama-pāṭha] [from krama > kram] m. the Krama reading (i.e. a peculiar ‘step by step’ arrangement of a Vedic text made to secure it from all possible error by, as it were, combining the Saṃhitā-pāṭha and the Padapāṭha id est. by giving the words both as connected and unconnected with following and preceding words; See also krama above), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā-prātiśākhya iv, 180 [Scholiast or Commentator]; Pāṇini 8-4, 28, Kaiyaṭa, kaiyyaṭa]

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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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