Padmakosha, Padma-kosha, Padmakośa, Padmakoṣa: 9 definitions



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The Sanskrit terms Padmakośa and Padmakoṣa can be transliterated into English as Padmakosa or Padmakosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Padmakośa (पद्मकोश, “lotus-bud”) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with a ‘single hand’ (asaṃyuta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

One of the Twenty-eight Single Hands (hasta):—Padmakośa (lotus bud): the fingers separated and a little bent, the palm a little hollowed. Usage : fruit, wood-apple, elephant apple, etc., breast, curve, ball of flowers, light food, bud, mango, rain of flowers, cluster of flowers, the japā-flower, the shape of a bell, the hole of a snake, a water-lily, an egg.

According to another book: the hand is like a perfect whitelotus. Nārāyaṇa used this hand when worshipping Śiva with lotus flowers to obtain the discus. Its sage is Padmadhara, its race Yakṣa, and it also partakes of the Kinnara kind, its presidingdeity is Bhārgava. Usage: trunk of an elephant, brilliance, vessel of gold or silver, coil of hair, moderation, charm, saying “Sadhu”, bell, ball of flowers, lotus, hole of a snake, etc., curve, breast, coconut, mango, karṇīkāra, mirror, bending a bough, rainof flowers, pot, egg, opening (of a flower), wood-apple, elephant-apple.

Source: Natya Shastra

Padmakośa (पद्मकोश, “lotus-bud”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with a single hand (asaṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): The fingers including the thumb to be separated and their ends to bend, but not to meet one another.

(Uses): To represent Bilva and Kapittha (elephant-apple) fruits and the breasts of women [this hand is to be used]. But to represent accepting [these fruits] or flesh, this hand should be slightly bent at its end.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Padmakośa (पद्मकोश) refers to the “sheath of the lotus” (of the Heart), according to the Śrīmatottara-tantra, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, as Bhairava explains: “[...] The womb (of energy) (yoni) between the anus and the genitals shines like heated gold. One should imagine that it [i.e., parāśakti—the supreme energy] enters the other body up to the end of emission (in the End of the Twelve). O goddess, that very moment, (the disciple) is well-pierced and so falls shaking (to the ground). Having visualized (the goddess) entering into the middle of the Heart in the form of a flame, the goddess in the sheath of the lotus [i.e., padmakośa] (of the Heart) can cause even mountains to fall”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Padmakośa (पद्मकोश) or Padmakoṣa (पद्मकोष).—

1) the calyx of a lotus.

2) a position of the fingers resembling the calyx of a lotus.

Derivable forms: padmakośaḥ (पद्मकोशः), padmakoṣaḥ (पद्मकोषः).

Padmakośa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms padma and kośa (कोश).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Padmakośa (पद्मकोश) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—jy. L. 2447. B. 4, 152. Bik. 323. Oudh. Xiv, 50. H. 293. 294. See Jyotiṣapadmakośa.
—[commentary] Padmakośaprakāśa by Lakṣmīpati. NW. 562.

2) Padmakośa (पद्मकोश):—jy. [Bhau Dāji Memorial] 6 (Bhāvādhyāya). Oudh. Xx, 114. 116. 126. Stein 165 (inc.).
—or Maṇitthajātaka, by Govardhana, son of Rāma. Bik. 223. Fl. 305. L. 2447. Peters. 4, 35.

3) Padmakośa (पद्मकोश):—a dictionary, by Prayāgadāsa. Oudh. Xxi, 60.

4) Padmakośa (पद्मकोश):—jy. by Govardhana, son of Rāma. Ak 873. L.. 1113.

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

1) Padmakośa (पद्मकोश):—[=padma-kośa] [from padma] m. the calyx of a l°, [Rāmāyaṇa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa] (śāya [Nominal verb] [Ātmanepada] yate, to resemble the c° of a l°, [Bālarāmāyaṇa]; śi-√kṛ, to make into the c° of a l°, [Hemacandra’s Pariśiṣṭaparvan])

2) [v.s. ...] a [particular] position of the fingers resembling the c° of a l°, [Catalogue(s)]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of [work] (also -jātaka n.)

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Padmakośa (पद्मकोश):—, koṣa (pa + ko) m.

1) der Blumenkelch der Wasserrose [Rāmāyaṇa 2, 60, 18. 3, 52, 34.] [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 3, 8, 14. 10, 8. 15, 44. 9, 1, 9. 20, 24.] [Weber’s Indische Studien 2, 7,] [Nalopākhyāna 2.] —

2) eine best. Stellung der Finger, die an einen Blumenkelch der Wasserrose erinnert, [Oxforder Handschriften 86,a,26. 202,a,4.]

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Padmakośa (पद्मकोश):—

2) padmakośau karau kṛtvā saṃśliṣṭau [Kathāsaritsāgara 65, 197.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Padmakośa (पद्मकोश):—m.

1) der Blumenkelch des Taglotuses.

2) eine best. Stellung der Finger , die an einen Blumenkelch des Taglotuses erinnert.

3) Titel eines Vedānta-Werkes.

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