Papadhikya, Papa-adhikya, Pāpādhikya: 1 definition


Papadhikya 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Papadhikya in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pāpādhikya (पापाधिक्य) refers to a “formidable sin”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.2 (“The birth of Śiva’s son”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to Agni: “An improper action has been committed by you in swallowing my semen. Hence your sin has become formidable (pāpādhikya) at my bidding and the burning sensation has not been cured. Now that you have sought refuge in me you are sure to be happy. I am pleased with you. All your misery will be dissolved. Deposit carefully that semen in the womb of some good woman. You will become happy and particularly relieved of the burning sensation”.

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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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