Parapurusha, aka: Para-purusha, Parapuruṣa; 5 Definition(s)
Parapurusha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.
The Sanskrit term Parapuruṣa can be transliterated into English as Parapurusa or Parapurusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Parapuruṣa (परपुरुष).—The best of Puruṣas; worshipped by one who has no desires and by one who desires everything including mokṣa.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 3. 9, 10 and 12.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
God is para-puruṣa, the supreme self-conscious person. He is the same as Para-
Languages of India and abroad
parapuruṣa (परपुरुष).—m (S) A strange man; any man, with reference to a woman, not her husband, brother, or near relation. 2 S A name of God.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
parapuruṣa (परपुरुष).—m A strange man. Any man, with reference to a woman, not her husband, brother, or near relation.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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.
1) another man, a stranger.
2) the Supreme Spirit, Viṣṇu.
3) the husband of another woman.
Derivable forms: parapuruṣaḥ (परपुरुषः).
Parapuruṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms para and puruṣa (पुरुष).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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