Onkaraprapti, Oṅkāraprāpti: 1 definition


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Oṅkāraprāpti (ओङ्कारप्राप्ति).—Characteristic of; this is trimātrā with consonant and vowel; o placed in the head resembles the moving of ants in the body; praṇava is bow, ātmā arrow, brahma, the aim to be shot at, without faltering; o is three Vedas, three worlds, three fires, the three steps of Viṣṇu; akāra is akṣara, ukāra is svarita, makāra is pluta; its head is heaven; more efficacious if performed monthly for many years than sacrifices like aśvamedha; a hymn to Rudra.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 20. 1-9, 32-33.
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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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