Pandavashreshtha, Pāṇḍavaśreṣṭha, Pandava-shreshtha: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Pāṇḍavaśreṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Pandavasrestha or Pandavashreshtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pandavashreshtha in Purana glossary
Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (itihasa)

Pāṇḍavaśreṣṭha (पाण्डवश्रेष्ठ) refers to the “best of the Pāṇḍavas”, according to the Mahābhārata verse 1.164.9-11.—Accordingly, “The Ikṣvāku kings conquered this world. Having obtained Vasiṣṭha, the best of sages, as their excellent purohita, those kings performed sacrifices, O descendant of the Kurus. For that Brahmin sage officiated for all those great kings at their sacrifices, O best of the Pāṇḍavas (pāṇḍavaśreṣṭha), as Bṛhaspati did for the gods”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pandavashreshtha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pāṇḍavaśreṣṭha (पाण्डवश्रेष्ठ).—Name of Yudhiṣṭhira.

Derivable forms: pāṇḍavaśreṣṭhaḥ (पाण्डवश्रेष्ठः).

Pāṇḍavaśreṣṭha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pāṇḍava and śreṣṭha (श्रेष्ठ).

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

Pāṇḍavaśreṣṭha (पाण्डवश्रेष्ठ):—[=pāṇḍava-śreṣṭha] [from pāṇḍava > pāṇḍu] m. ‘best of the sons of Pāṇḍu’, Name of Yudhi-ṣṭhira, [Mahābhārata]

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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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