Padmakosha, aka: Padma-kosha, Padmakośa, Padmakoṣa; 4 Definition(s)


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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)

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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: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

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.

Source: Natya Shastra
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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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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: 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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