Mrigapakshin, Mṛgapakṣin, Mriga-pakshi, Mṛgapakṣī, Mriga-pakshin, Mrigapakshi: 4 definitions


Mrigapakshin means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 terms Mṛgapakṣin and Mṛgapakṣī can be transliterated into English as Mrgapaksin or Mrigapakshin or Mrgapaksi or Mrigapakshi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Mrigapakshin in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Mṛgapakṣin (मृगपक्षिन्) refers to “birds and animals”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 3), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The dark spots, also known as ketus, the sons of Rāhu are Tāmasa, Kīlaka and the like, and are 33 in number. How they affect the earth depends upon their color, position and shape. [...] The trees will fail to yield in their appropriate seasons; birds and animals [i.e., mṛgapakṣin] will appear to be burning; there will be an appearance of false fire all round; and lightning and earthquake will afflict mankind”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mrigapakshin in Mahayana glossary
Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Mṛgapakṣin (मृगपक्षिन्) refers to “wild animals and birds”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [As the Bhagavān teaches an offering manual]: “The great sealing of the boundary is present until the stake is drawn out. All crops, all flowers and fruits will be well protected. Furthermore, not even a single leaf will wither. How much less the ends of branches will become dry. All kinds of pests, wild animals and birds (mṛgapakṣin) will be bound in the beak. They cannot cause destruction. [...]”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Mrigapakshin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Mṛgapakṣin (मृगपक्षिन्).—[masculine] [plural] = mṛgadvija.

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

Mṛgapakṣin (मृगपक्षिन्):—[=mṛga-pakṣin] [from mṛga > mṛg] m. [plural] beasts and birds, [Manu-smṛti; Suśruta]

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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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