Madhuparka, aka: Madhu-parka; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (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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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).


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 Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

Languages of India and abroad

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.

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