Pauranika, aka: Paurāṇika; 9 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

Paurāṇika (पौराणिक) refers to a type of profession mentioned in the Śukranītisāra 2.128-188.—The Śukranītisāra is a Sanskrit work on ethics by Śukrācārya comprised of four chapters. The second chapter (uvarājādikṛtya, “the duties of the royal princes and the like”) describes a large number of varied topics, eg., it contains observations on the ministers, priests, sacive, treasury, a large number of officers and employees (such as a Paurāṇika).

Source: Studies in Kautilya Vocabulary

Paurāṇika (पौराणिक) refers to “the brahmana who recites Purana” and represents an official title designating one of the seventy-two officers (niyoga) of the Bāhattaraniyogādhipati circle, according to the Inscriptional glossary of Andhra Pradesh (Śāsana-śabdakośāmu). The bāhattaraniyoga-adhipati is the highest executive officer of this circle (including a Paurāṇika). For example: During the reign of Gaṇapatideva, the area extending between Pānagal to Mārjavāḍi was entrusted to Gaṇḍapeṇḍāru Gangayasāhiṇi as Bāhattaraniyogādhipati. Later on, this office was entrusted to Kāyastha Jannigadeva.

Source: Shodhganga: Kakati Ganapatideva and his times (artha)
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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Paurāṇika (पौराणिक).—(Purāṇajña)—is Sūta; ancient Purāṇateller;1 on Māndhāta and Hariścandra;2 alias Vaṃśavittama.3

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 8. 83; Matsya-purāṇa 114. 3; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 71; 70. 76; 88. 67, 114, 168; 101. 72.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 63. 69, 113.
  • 3) Ib. III. 63. 168.
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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General definition (in Hinduism)

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In the Paurānika trimurty concept, Brahma, Viṣṇu and Rudra preside over creation, sustenance and dissolution functions. They are representatives of Śatva, Rajas and Tamas. According to Yāska, they derive from the Vedic triplet Agni (Fire God), Āditya (Sun God) and Vāyu (Air God).

Source: Hindupedia: The Hindu Encyclopedia

India history and geogprahy

Paurāṇika.—(EI 30; BL), a reciter of the Purāṇas; also pro- bably, an astrologer. Cf. Vyāsa. Note: paurāṇika is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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paurāṇika (पौराणिक).—m (S) A Brahman well-read in the Puran̤s; or a public expounder of them.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

paurāṇika (पौराणिक).—m A Bra'hman well-read in the Pura'ns;or a public expounder of them. n Virility. Strength, power, vigour.

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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Paurāṇika (पौराणिक).—a. (- f.) [पुराण-ठक् (purāṇa-ṭhak)]

1) Belonging to the past, ancient.

2) Belonging to the Purāṇas or derived from them.

3) Versed in the legends of the past.

4) Versed in the science of architecture (śilpaśāstra); Mb.1.51.15 (com.).

-kaḥ 1 A Brāhmaṇa well-versed in the Purāṇas, a public reader of the Purāṇas.

2) A mythologist.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paurāṇika (पौराणिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) Of or belonging to the Puranas, Pauranic. m.

(-kaḥ) A Brahman, well read in the Puranas, a mythologist. E. purāṇa, and ṭhak aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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