Nakshatraraja, aka: Nakṣatrarāja, Nakshatra-raja; 3 Definition(s)
Nakshatraraja 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 term Nakṣatrarāja can be transliterated into English as Naksatraraja or Nakshatraraja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)
Nakṣatrarāja (नक्षत्रराज) is the name of a Buddha under whom Śākyamuni (or Gautama, ‘the historical Buddha’) acquired merit along the first through nine bhūmis, according to the Mahāvastu. There are in total ten bhūmis representing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva’s path towards enlightenment.
Nakṣatrarāja is but one among the 500 Buddhas enumerated in the Mahāvastu during a conversation between Mahākātyāyana and Mahākāśyapa, both principle disciples of Gautama Buddha. The Mahāvastu is an important text of the Lokottaravāda school of buddhism, dating from the 2nd century BCE.Source: Wisdom Library: Lokottaravāda
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Nakṣatrarāja (नक्षत्रराज).—the moon; R.6.66.
Derivable forms: nakṣatrarājaḥ (नक्षत्रराजः).
Nakṣatrarāja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nakṣatra and rāja (राज). See also (synonyms): nakṣatreśa, nakṣatreśvara, nakṣatranātha, nakṣatrapa, nakṣatrapati.Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Nakṣatrarāja (नक्षत्रराज).—(1) n. of three former Buddhas: Mv i.137.14; iii.231.9 f.; Śikṣ 9.1; n. of a Buddha in the zenith: Sukh 98.14; (2) n. of a Bodhisattva: SP 3.9.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
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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