Pancartha, Pañcārtha, Panca-artha: 5 definitions

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Pancartha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Panchartha.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Pancartha in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Pañcārtha (पञ्चार्थ) refers to the “five-fold reality”, according to the Devīpañcaśataka, an important source of the Kālīkrama that developed in Kashmir after the Kālī Mata of the Jayadrathayāmala.—Accordingly, “[...] It is Śiva’s will in the form of the Transmental and With Mind, (arisen as) both non-dual and dual (respectively). [...] And (that energy) With Mind generates the Five-fold Reality (pañcārtha) within this universe. The Transmental, who is Śiva’s capacity (to do all things) (sāmarthya), bestows the most excellent knowledge. She, the Supreme Goddess, again then spontaneously (svecchayā) devours the universe. The permutation (of the Transmental) is said to be the Light that precedes the mistress of the Wheel of Rays (of divine consciousness). [...]”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Pañcārtha.—(CII 4), the Pāśupata sect of the Śaivas. Note: pañcārtha is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pancartha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pañcārtha (पञ्चार्थ):—[from pañca] n. sg. the 5 things (with Pāśupatas), [Sarvadarśana-saṃgraha]

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Pancartha in German

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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 (even English!). 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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