Pancayatanapuja, Pañcāyatanapūjā, Pancayatana-puja: 2 definitions



Pancayatanapuja 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 Panchayatanapuja.

In Hinduism

Ganapatya (worship of Ganesha)

[«previous next»] — Pancayatanapuja in Ganapatya glossary
Source: Google Books: Ganapati: Song of the Self

Pañcāyatanapūjā (पञ्चायतनपूजा) or simply Pañcāyatana refers to the “worship of five forms”, which was popularized by Śaṅkarācārya, invokes the five deities Gaṇapati, Viṣṇu, Śiva, Devī, and Sūrya. It was instigated primarily to unite the five principal deities of the five major sects (Gāṇapatyas, Śaivas, Vaiṣṇavas, Śāktas, and Sauras) on an equal status, and, coincidentally, it takes into account the five physical elements. Gaṇeśa represents the element water, Viṣṇu represents space, Śiva represents earth, Devī represents fire, and Sūrya represents air.

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Ganapatya (गाणपत्य, gāṇapatya) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Ganesha is revered and worshipped as the prime deity (ishta-devata). Being a minor though influential movement, Ganapatya evovled, llike Shaktism and Shaivism, as a separate movement leaving behind a large body of literature.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pancayatanapuja in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Pañcāyatanapūjā (पञ्चायतनपूजा) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[dharma] Peters. 4, 8.

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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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