Nakshatrapurusha, aka: Nakṣatrapuruṣa, Nakshatra-purusha; 3 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Nakṣatrapuruṣa can be transliterated into English as Naksatrapurusa or Nakshatrapurusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Nakṣatrapuruṣa (नक्षत्रपुरुष).—A vow in honour of Nārāyaṇa— detailed.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 54. 7-30.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Beyond this internal innovation within the Viśvarūpa cult, however, it is clear that this integration of the Star-gods with the Cosmic Viṣṇu would also represent the merging of two traditional conceptions of a multiple deity, namely Viśvarūpa and nakṣatrapuruṣa. In the Bṛhatsaṃhita, Varahamihira’s encyclopaedic Sanskrit text of the 6th century, the conception and worship of the Nakṣatrapuruṣa is described. For ritual purposes, the Puruṣa is to be conceived as anatomically composed of the 28 asterisms.

The worship of this Nakṣatrapuruṣa should commence with the feet in the month of Caitra as the moon passes through the Mula asterism; and be continued when the moon is in Rohini, with the worship of the knees of the Puruṣa, and so forth. The relevant asterism (nakṣatra, dhiṣṇyā) and the god Viṣṇu are to be worshipped together (visnum sampujya dhisnyam ca; kuryat kesavapujanam svavidhina dhisnyasya pujam tatha: Bṛhatsaṃhita 105.6, 8) by those wishing to influence favourably their condition in a future life.

Source: Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts: Viśvarūpa

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Nakṣatrapuruṣa (नक्षत्रपुरुष).—

1) (in astr.) the figure of a man's body on the limbs of which are shown the various asterisms.

Derivable forms: nakṣatrapuruṣaḥ (नक्षत्रपुरुषः).

Nakṣatrapuruṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nakṣatra and puruṣa (पुरुष).

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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