Pankaja, aka: Paṅkaja, Panka-ja; 7 Definition(s)


Pankaja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Paṅkaja (पङ्कज) refers to the “lotus” that sprang from the navel of Nārāyaṇa while sleeping, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.7:—“when lord Nārāyaṇa continued to sleep, an excellent lotus (paṅkaja) of huge size came out of his navel as desired by Śiva. It was many Yojanas wide and high. It had an endless stalk. The pericarp was of a brilliant hue. It was very beautiful with the brilliance of ten million suns. It was wonderful, excellent and worthy of vision containing Tattvas”.

Source: Siva Purana - English Translation

Paṅkaja (पङ्कज) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.32) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Paṅkaja) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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paṅkaja : (nt.) a lotus; that is risen from the mud.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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paṅkaja (पंकज).—n S (paṅka Mud, ja Produced.) A lotus.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

paṅkaja (पंकज).—n A lotus.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paṅkaja (पङ्कज).—a lotus.

-jaḥ the Sārasa bird. -°जः, -°जन्मन् (jaḥ, -°janman) m. an epithet of Brahmā. °कोशः (kośaḥ) a lotus-bud; (stanadvayam) तिरश्चकार भ्रमराभिलीनयोः सुजातयोः पङ्कजकोशयोः श्रियम् (tiraścakāra bhramarābhilīnayoḥ sujātayoḥ paṅkajakośayoḥ śriyam) R.3.8. °नाभः (nābhaḥ) an epithet of Viṣṇu; सुतोऽभवत् पङ्कजनाभकल्पः (suto'bhavat paṅkajanābhakalpaḥ) R.18. 2.

Derivable forms: paṅkajam (पङ्कजम्).

Paṅkaja is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms paṅka and ja (ज).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paṅkaja (पङ्कज).—n.

(-jaṃ) A lotus. E. paṅka mud, ja born.

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