Krishnashtamivrata, Kṛṣṇāṣṭamīvrata, Krishnashtami-vrata: 2 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Kṛṣṇāṣṭamīvrata can be transliterated into English as Krsnastamivrata or Krishnashtamivrata, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Krishnashtamivrata in Purana glossary
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Krishnashtamivrata (क्रिस्ह्नस्ह्तमिव्रत) or simply Kṛṣṇāṣṭamī refers to type of Vrata (“religious observances”), according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—Accordingly, the Kṛṣṇāṣṭamīvrata is observed in honour of Śiva. In the Saurapurāṇa (ch.14) Nandīkeśvara is stated to have described this vrata to Nārada. It starts from the month of Mārgaśira. It is observed on the eighth tithi of the dark fortnight and for a year. [...] This Kṛṣṇāṣṭamīvrata is the destroyer of all sins and giver of all desires. It is observed for attaining good foutune, fame, wealth and progeny.

Note: This Kṛṣṇāṣṭamī-vrata known as Kālāṣṭamī in the Vāmanapurāṇa, on this day Śiva is said to sleep in all the liṅgas; Hence due to his sure residence there, all liṅgas are to be worshipped, as the worship on that day is said to yield eternal merits. See Vāmanapurāṇa 17.30-31.

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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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[«previous next»] — Krishnashtamivrata in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Kṛṣṇāṣṭamīvrata (कृष्णाष्टमीव्रत) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—Oppert. 4402.

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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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