Panyastri, Paṇyastrī, Panya-stri: 10 definitions


Panyastri 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.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: eScholarship: Chapters 1-14 of the Hayasirsa Pancaratra

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री) refers to a “bought woman” with whom one should not associate with as an adulterer (pāradārika), representing an undesirable characteristic of an Ācārya, according to the 9th-century Hayaśīrṣa-pañcarātra Ādikāṇḍa chapter 3.—The Lord said:—“I will tell you about the Sthāpakas endowed with perverse qualities. He should not construct a temple with those who are avoided in this Tantra. [...] He should not have forsaken his vows or fasting nor be the husband of a Śūdra, nor living on trade or theater. He should not be an adulterer with a bought woman (paṇyopajīvī-pāradārika). [...] A god enshrined by any of these named above (viz., paṇyopajīvī-pāradārika), is in no manner a giver of fruit. If a building for Viṣṇu is made anywhere by these excluded types (viz., paṇyopajīvī-pāradārika) then that temple will not give rise to enjoyment and liberation and will yield no reward, of this there is no doubt”.

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री) refers to “prostitutes”, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 10), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the course of Saturn should lie through the constellation of Āśleṣā, the creatures of water and serpents will suffer; if through the constellation of Maghā, the Bāhlīkas, the Cīna (Chinese), the people of Gāndhāra, of Śūlika, of Pārata, the Vaiáyas, store houses and merchants will suffer. If his course should lie through the constellation of Pūrvaphālguni, juice-sellers, prostitutes [i.e., paṇyastrī], virgins and the people of Mahāraṣṭras will suffer miseries; if through Uttaraphālguni, kings, ascetics, jaggery, salt, water and the town of Takṣaśilā will suffer”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री).—f. a harlot, a courtezan; पण्यस्त्रीषु विवेककल्पलतिकाशस्त्रीषु रज्येत कः (paṇyastrīṣu vivekakalpalatikāśastrīṣu rajyeta kaḥ) Bhartṛhari 1.9; Meghadūta 25.

Paṇyastrī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms paṇya and strī (स्त्री). See also (synonyms): paṇyavilāsinī.

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

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री).—f. (-strī) A whore. E. paṇya vendible, and strī a woman.

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

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री).—f. a courtesan, [Mṛcchakaṭikā, (ed. Stenzler.)] 127, 20; [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 61.

Paṇyastrī is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms paṇya and strī (स्त्री).

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

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री).—[feminine] = paṇastrī.

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

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री):—[=paṇya-strī] [from paṇya > paṇ] f. = -yoṣit, [Varāha-mihira; Kāvya literature; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

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

Paṇyastrī (पण्यस्त्री):—[paṇya-strī] (strī) 3. f. A whore.

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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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