Pacanalaya, Pacanālaya, Pacana-alaya: 1 definition


Pacanalaya means something in 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Pachanalaya.

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Pacanālaya (पचनालय) refers to the “temple kitchen” as described in the Uttara-Kāmikāgama (prāyaścittavidhi-paṭala).—All parts of the temple premises have to be kept clean and tidy. Kāmikāgama specifically mentions that appearance of snake pits/ ant hill, cracks, bee hives, large ants, red ants and other poisonous creatures from the earth in parts of the temple, [viz., pacanālaya (temple kitchen)], causes all kinds of doṣa.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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