Madhuparka, aka: Madhu-parka; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Madhuparka (मधुपर्क) is a Sanskrit word referring to “a mixture of honey”. During the ceremony of “laying the foundation” of the playhouse (nāṭyamaṇḍapa), this madhuparka should be offered to the king, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra 2.41-42.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Madhuparka—‘a mixture of honey’; a respectful offering prescribed to be made in Vedic times, to an honourable person and this custom still lingers in ceremonies like marriage. Its ingredients are five: curd (dadhi), ghee (sarpis), water (jala), honey (kṣaudra) and white sugar (sitā).

(Source): Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).


Madhuparka (मधुपर्क).—An offering of milk and honey;1 Paraśurāma was treated with it by Agastya.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 230. 11.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 35. 52.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Marathi-English dictionary

madhuparka (मधुपर्क).—m (S) At marriages. The oblation of curds, honey &c. made and the honors paid to the bridegroom as he arrives at the door of the father of the bride. 2 The honors paid by the master of the house to the Brahman that officiates at a sacrifice. 3 Hospitable reception of a distinguished guest,--washing his feet, presenting fruit &c.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Madhuparka (मधुपर्क).—

1) 'a mixture of honey', a respectful offering made to a guest or to the bridegroom on his arrival at the door of the father of the bride; (its usual ingredients are five:dadhi sarpirjalaṃ kṣaudraṃ sitā caitaiśca pañcabhiḥ | procyate madhuparkaḥ); समांसो मधुपर्कः (samāṃso madhuparkaḥ) U.4; असिस्वदद्यन्मधु- पर्कमर्पितं स तद् व्यधात्तर्कमुदर्कदर्शिनाम् । यदैष पास्यन्मधु भीमजाधरं मिषेण पुण्याहविधिं तदा कृतम् (asisvadadyanmadhu- parkamarpitaṃ sa tad vyadhāttarkamudarkadarśinām | yadaiṣa pāsyanmadhu bhīmajādharaṃ miṣeṇa puṇyāhavidhiṃ tadā kṛtam) N.16.13; Ms.3.119 et seq.

2) the ceremony of receiving a guest.

Derivable forms: madhuparkaḥ (मधुपर्कः).

Madhuparka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms madhu and parka (पर्क).

(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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