Pancaja, Pañcaja: 2 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Panchaja.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Pañcaja (पञ्चज).—(PAÑCAJANA). A mighty asura. This asura lived inside a conch. Śrī Kṛṣṇa killed this asura.

Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Balabhadrarāma were having their education in the āśrama of the sage Sāndīpani. On the eve of their completing their education an asura named Pañcaja carried away the son of the sage while the child was bathing in the Prabhāsatīrtha and kept him inside a conch where the asura lived. The sage, greatly griefstricken asked his disciples to get him back his son as his Gurudakṣiṇā (fees for the preceptor). Accordingly Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma went to the banks of the river and prayed to Varuṇa. Varuṇa appeared before them and then they told him about the mishap. With the help of Varuṇa they killed the asura Pañcaja and got back the son of their guru. The conch in which the asura lived was taken by Kṛṣṇa. Because the conch belonged to Pañcaja the conch got the name Pāñcajanya. (10th Skandha, Bhāgavata).

2) Pañcaja (पञ्चज).—Sagara of the solar race got a son named Asamañjasa of his wife Keśinī. He became famous as Pañcaja. He was the father of Aṃśumān and grandfather of Dilīpa. (Chapter 15, Harivaṃśa).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Pañcāja (पञ्चाज):—[from pañca] n. the 5 products of the goat, [Suśruta] (cf. ca-gavya).

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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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