Pancavimshati, Pañcaviṃśati, Pancan-vimshati, Pamcavimshati: 10 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Pañcaviṃśati can be transliterated into English as Pancavimsati or Pancavimshati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Panchavimshati.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Pancavimshati in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति) refers to “twenty-five” types of Kiraṇaketus, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 11), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The Ketus or comets that resemble garlands, gems and gold are named Kiraṇa Ketus and are 25 [i.e., pañcaviṃśati] in number; they have tails and appear in the east and in the west; they are the sons of the Sun, and when they appear, princes will begin to be at strife. The Ketus that are of the colour of the parrot, of fíre, of Bhandhu-Jīvika flower, of lac or of blood are the sons of Agni (fìre) and appear in the south-east; they are 25 in number; when they appear mankind will be afflicted with fears”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Pancavimshati in Shaivism glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति) refers to the “twenty-five principles”, according to the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī 1.93.—Accordingly, “Even though for a [follower of] Sāṅkhya, the twenty-five (pañcaviṃśati) principles (tattva) are manifest [as the universe], to begin with, experience, that is, immediate perception, consists in nothing but this: the sole five elements and consciousness—and nothing more. This is why for the master [Bhartṛhari], the universe is [entirely] explained as soon as the six elements are explained—it is with this intention that he has undertaken their Examination (Samīkṣā). [...]”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

[«previous next»] — Pancavimshati in Jainism glossary
Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति) refers to the “twenty-five” (observances), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “Capable soul, having found the supreme path to non-attachment, you must practise the twenty-five (pañcaviṃśati) observances for the purpose of the removal of error [in observing] the great vows”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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India history and geography

[«previous next»] — Pancavimshati in India history glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Pañcaviṃśati.—see pannavīsa. Note: pañcaviṃśati 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»] — Pancavimshati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति).—f. twenty-five.

Derivable forms: pañcaviṃśatiḥ (पञ्चविंशतिः).

Pañcaviṃśati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pañcan and viṃśati (विंशति).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति).—[feminine] twenty-five.

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

1) Pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति):—[=pañca-viṃśati] [from pañca] f. (pa) idem, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] a collection of 25 (also and tikā; See vetāla-)

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Pañcaviṃśati (पञ्चविंशति) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Paṇuvīsa, Paṇṇavīsā.

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pancavimshati in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Paṃcaviṃśati (ಪಂಚವಿಂಶತಿ):—[adjective] amounting to twenty five in number; twenty-five.

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Paṃcaviṃśati (ಪಂಚವಿಂಶತಿ):—[noun] the cardinal number twenty-five; 25.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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