Muktika, Muktikā: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Wisdom Library: The Matsya-purāṇa

Muktikā (मुक्तिका) is the name of a mind-born ‘divine mother’ (mātṛ), created for the purpose of drinking the blood of the Andhaka demons, according to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.8. The Andhaka demons spawned out of every drop of blood spilled from the original Andhakāsura (Andhaka-demon). According to the Matsya-purāṇa 179.35, “Most terrible they (e.g., Muktikā) all drank the blood of those Andhakas and become exceedingly satiated.”

The Matsyapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 20,000 metrical verses, dating from the 1st-millennium BCE. The narrator is Matsya, one of the ten major avatars of Viṣṇu.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Muktikā (मुक्तिका).—A mother goddess.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 179. 30.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Muktikā (मुक्तिका).—(1) adj., f. of muktaka (which is used at least once in Sanskrit in this sense, [Boehtlingk and Roth] s.v.), isolated, unaccompanied: with jñapti, Bhikṣuṇī-karmavācanā 15b.3, or jñāpti, Mahāvyutpatti 8659, qq.v., isolated motion, unaccompanied by (one or three) supplementary questions (contrasts in Mahāvyutpatti with jñāpti-dvitīyam and °caturtham, explained s.v. jñapti): = Tibetan gsol ba gcig pu, isolated question (demand, proposal). Seems not recorded in Pali; (2) pearl (so Sanskrit Lex., compare Sanskrit muktā, mauktika): Mahāvyutpatti 5952; -maṇi- °kasya (in nt. sg. dvandva) Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 88.11 (verse). Cf. lohita-m°.

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

Muktikā (मुक्तिका):—[from muc] f. a pearl, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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