Parjanya, aka: Parjanyā, Pārjanya; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


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Parjanya (पर्जन्य).—One of the eight principal ministers of Mahiṣāsura, an asura chieftain from the city Mahiṣa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 93. All of these ministers were learned, valiant and just.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Parjanya (पर्जन्य).—A deva. See under Devavatī III.

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Parjanya (पर्जन्य).—A Mauneya Gandharva.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 3.

1b) (Parjanyam)—a name of Indra: God of rain (or simply rain); created by Vāmadeva;1 to be worshipped in house building.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 10. 4; II. 6. 7; IV. 14. 26. VI. 14. 35; X. 20. 5; XII. 4. 7; Matsya-purāṇa 4. 29.
  • 2) Ib. 253. 24.

1c) An Āditya and Lokapāla; the name of the sun in the month of Tapasya (Phālguna): father of Hiraṇyaroma.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 40; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 21. 157; 23. 12; 30. 40; III. 3. 68; 8. 20; Vāyu-purāṇa 50. 206; 66. 66; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 12.

1d) One of the important clouds raining dew for the growth of corns;1 overlords of seas, rivers, clouds, rains besides Āditya;2 they are under the control of wind, Parivaha; they also carry the heavenly Gangā.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 22. 49.
  • 2) Ib. III. 8. 14; Vāyu-purāṇa 70. 13.
  • 3) Ib. 51. 43-6.

1e) A Parivaha and sage of the Raivata epoch;1 attained heaven by tapas.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 62; Matsya-purāṇa 9. 19; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 1. 22.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 143. 39.

1f) Same as Hiranyaroma.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 124. 95.

1g) A son of Agni and Samhūti;1 his wife Mānu and son Hiraṇyaroma.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 28. 16.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 11. 19.

1h) A deity with the sun in the śarat season.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 12.

1i) A Rājaṛṣi.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 57. 122.

1j) A Mauneya.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 3.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Parjanya (पर्जन्य) refers to one of the 53 gods to be worshipped in the eastern quarter and given pāyasa (rice boiled in milk) according to the Vāstuyāga rite in Śaktism (cf. Śāradātilaka-tantra III-V). The worship of these 53 gods happens after assigning them to one of the 64 compartment while constructing a Balimaṇḍapa. Vāstu is the name of a prodigious demon, who was killed by 53 gods (eg., Parjanya).

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Parjanya (पर्जन्य) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “rains”. According to the Śatapathabrāhmaṇa, the tattva named parjanya is identified with Bhava, one of names of Rudra.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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parjanya (पर्जन्य).—m (S) Rain.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

parjanya (पर्जन्य).—m Rain.

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

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Parjanyā (पर्जन्या).—A kind of plant (dāru haridrā -Mar. dāru haḷada), Curcuma Aromatica.

See also (synonyms): parjanī.

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Parjanya (पर्जन्य).—

1) A rain cloud, thundering cloud, a cloud in general; प्रवृद्ध इव पर्जन्यः सारङ्गैरभिनन्दितः (pravṛddha iva parjanyaḥ sāraṅgairabhinanditaḥ) R.17.15; Mk.1.6.

2) Rain; अन्नाद्भवन्ति भूतानि पर्जन्यादन्नसंभवः (annādbhavanti bhūtāni parjanyādannasaṃbhavaḥ) Bg.3.14.

3) The god of rain; Bri. Up.1.4.11.

4) The muttering or roaring of clouds.

5) Name of Indra, Sūrya, Viṣṇu and some other deities; Bhāg. 1.2.5. (here parjanya means the sun).

Derivable forms: parjanyaḥ (पर्जन्यः).

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Pārjanya (पार्जन्य).—a. Belonging to rain.

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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