Pancajanya, Pañcajanya, Panca-janya, Pāñcajanya: 13 definitions

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Pancajanya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Panchajanya.

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: ISKCON Press: Glossary

Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—The conchshell of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य) refers to:—The conch shell of Śrī kṛṣṇa, who took it from the demon Pañcajana after He slayed him. (cf. Glossary page from Arcana-dīpikā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama

The conch (śaṅkha) is named pañcajanya which means ‘born-of-five’ and it is the representation of the pure-notion-of-individuality, (sattvika-ahamkara), from which are evolved the principles of the five elements. (Padma Purana 4;79;222). According to the Vedic account of creation, in the beginning Brahman (the Supreme Being) alone existed then a desire arose to create the first ego-sense arose within Him, and from this primeval ego-sense gradually the process of creation was set into motion.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—The conch of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. (See under Pañcaja).

2) Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—A forest near the mountain of Raivataka. (Dākṣiṇātya Pāṭha; Chapter 38, Sabhā Parva).

3) Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—An agni (fire). It was so called because it was born of the parts of five sages. It was called Tapa also. (Chapter 220, Vana Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Pañcajanya (पञ्चजन्य).—An upadvīpa to Jambūdvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 19. 30.

2) Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—The conch of Kṛṣṇa, blown by him at the siege of Mathurā by Jarāsandha.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 21. 30; Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 4. 19; X. 50. 24[1-2]; 51 (v) 27; 59. 6; XI. 27. 27.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—Name of Krishna’s conch.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pāñcajanya (पांचजन्य).—m (S) The śaṅkha or conch of viṣṇu. Applied fig. to the striking of the hand against the mouth in loud plaints or bellowing.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

pāñcajanya (पांचजन्य).—m The śaṅkha or conch of viṣṇu. Fig. The striking of the hand against the mouth in loud plaints or bellowing.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—

1) Name of the conch of Kriṣna; स तु पञ्चजनं हत्वा शङ्खं लेभे जनार्दनः । स च देवमनुष्येषु पाञ्चजन्य इति श्रुतः (sa tu pañcajanaṃ hatvā śaṅkhaṃ lebhe janārdanaḥ | sa ca devamanuṣyeṣu pāñcajanya iti śrutaḥ) || Hariv.; (dadhāno) निध्वानमश्रूयत पाञ्चजन्यः (nidhvānamaśrūyata pāñcajanyaḥ) Śi.3.21; Bg.1.15.

2) Kāśyapa, Vasiṣṭha, Prāṇa, Aṇgirasa, and Chyavana.

3) अग्नि (agni) produced from the five fires; Śabda Chi.

Derivable forms: pāñcajanyaḥ (पाञ्चजन्यः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य).—m.

(-nyaḥ) 1. Krishna'S conch. 2. A name of fire. 3. Any shell. 4. A sort of fish, commonly Garai. E. pañcajana a demon, from whose bones the shell was made, yat aff.

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

1) Pāñcajanya (पाञ्चजन्य):—[=pāñca-janya] [from pāñca] () mf(ā)n. relating to the 5 races of men, containing or extending over them etc., [Ṛg-veda] etc., [Brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] m. Name of Kṛṣṇa’s conch taken from the demon Pañca-jana, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] fire, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] fish or a species of f°, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] Name of one of the 8 Upa-dvīpas in Jambu-dvīpa, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

6) Pāñcajanyā (पाञ्चजन्या):—[=pāñca-janyā] [from pāñca-janya > pāñca] f. [patronymic] of Asiknī, [ib.]

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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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