Pancatapas, Pañcatapas, Pancan-tapas: 2 definitions


Pancatapas means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Panchatapas.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pañcatapas (पञ्चतपस्).—m. an ascetic who in summer practises penance sitting in the middle of four fires with the sun burning right over his head; cf. हविर्भुजामेधवतां चतुर्णां मध्ये ललाटंतपसप्तसप्तिः (havirbhujāmedhavatāṃ caturṇāṃ madhye lalāṭaṃtapasaptasaptiḥ) R.13.41; Ku.5.23; Ms.6.23 and Śi.2.51. also; ग्रीष्मे पञ्चतपा वीरो वर्षास्वासारषाण्मुनिः (grīṣme pañcatapā vīro varṣāsvāsāraṣāṇmuniḥ) Bhāg. 4.23.6; Rām.3.6.5.

Pañcatapas is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pañcan and tapas (तपस्).

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

Pañcatapas (पञ्चतपस्).—m.

(-pāḥ) An ascetic, who in the hot weather, sits amongst four fires, and has the sun for the fifth. E. pañca, and tapas penance.

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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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