Paramasamhita, Paramasaṃhitā, Parama-samhita: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Parama-samhita

Paramasaṃhitā (परमसंहिता) is a general handbook on the principles of the Pāñcarātra. The context as well as the import of the quotations made by Rāmānuja seem to imply that the Paramasaṃhitā is really a general work on the Pāñcarātra principles. We may therefore have to refer it to comparatively early times. Early in the 7th century, Bāṇa had knowledge of a large number of sects of forest livers. Among them two important groups clearly distinguishable, namely, the Bhāgavatas and the Pāñcarātrikas, both worshippers of Viṣṇu were among the innumerable groups of forest-livers in the glades of the Vindhyan forests, each following its own teaching and adopting, all of them, a comparatively similar mode of life. Very many of the Pāñcarātra handbooks, or Saṃhitās, that we know of, may have come into existence, and might have had considerable vogue at this time, though some of the larger treatises may have been written later. While therefore we are not in a position definitely to ascribe a precise date to the Paramasaṃhitā, it is fairly clear that it is a very early handbook of a general character, and therefore of high authority to be quoted in discussions on the general character of the teaching of Pāñcarātra.

Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Paramasaṃhitā (परमसंहिता) is one of the “older” texts of the Pāñcarātra canon, having been quoted not only by Rāmānuja (12th century) but also by Yāmuna (10th century). As it comes to us today it is a work of slightly more than 2100 ślokas divided into thirty-one chapters; it is essentially complete. It is quoted frequently in secondary works of the Pāñcarātra school. [Framework]: Devala has received the narrative framework from Mārkaṇḍeya in abbreviated fashion what he, in turn received from Sanaka—one of several sages who heard from Brahmā an original discourse from the lord, Parama. The Paramasaṃhitā is encyclopedic in scope, the work treats of creation, worship routines, mantras, initiation procedures, personal discipline, social behavior, temple-building activities, consecration concerns, pilgrimage and devotion. With the exception of the sections on agnikārya and dīkṣā none of the subjects is treated in depth. Yet the range of this work s overall focus, coupled with the consideration of its age, make if nonetheless a useful source to turn to for authoritative pronouncements on Pāñcarātra thought and practice.

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

1) Paramasaṃhitā (परमसंहिता) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—paur. Oppert. 2883.

2) Paramasaṃhitā (परमसंहिता):—Quoted in Jayantīnirṇaya. L.. 624.

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

Paramasaṃhitā (परमसंहिता):—[=parama-saṃhitā] [from parama > para] f. Name of [work]

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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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