Paurusheya, aka: Pauruṣeya; 6 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Pauruṣeya can be transliterated into English as Pauruseya or Paurusheya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


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Pauruṣeya (पौरुषेय).—A demon who travels along with the sun in the month of Jyeṣṭha. (June), (11th Skandha, Bhāgavata).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Pauruṣeya (पौरुषेय).—The Rākṣasa presiding over the month of Śukra and Śuci1 with the sun in the summer.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa XII. 11. 35; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 6.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 8; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 7.

1b) One of the sons of Yātudhāna, had five sons, all man-eating ones, Krūra, Vikṛta, etc.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 89, 93-4.

1c) A Piśāca.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 69. 127.
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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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Paurūṣeya (पौरूषेय) refers to “disciplines whose knowledge is contingent on the individual” and representing one of the two types of Śāstra (learned disciplines), all part of the ancient Indian education system, which aimed at both the inner and the outer dimension of a person. Under paurūṣeya there are at least nine disciplines. This body of literature is also described as smṛiti literature in opposition to Vedas and Vedāṅgas that are called śruti literature.

The paurūṣeya disciplines are:

  1. purāṇa, including itihāsa (record of ancient events),
  2. ānvīkṣikī (logic),
  3. mīmāṃsā (analysis/interpretation),
  4. dharmaśāstra (sociology),
  5. kāvyavidyā (literary theory),
  6. kāmaśāstra (erotics),
  7. śilpaśāstra (architecture),
  8. arthaśāstra (polity),
  9. vārtā (agriculture, animal husbandry, trade and commerce).
Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Education: Systems & Practices
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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pauruṣēya (पौरुषेय).—a S Relating to man, human, manly, virile.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pauruṣēya (पौरुषेय).—a Relating to man, human.

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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Pauruṣeya (पौरुषेय).—a. (- f.) [पुरुष-ठञ् (puruṣa-ṭhañ)]

1) Derived from or belonging to man, human, incidental to man; made, established or propounded by man; as in अपौरुषेया वै वेदाः (apauruṣeyā vai vedāḥ)

2) Manly, virile.

3) Spiritual.

-yaḥ 1 Man- slaughter (puruṣavadha).

2) A crowd of men.

3) A daylabourer, hireling.

4) Human action, man's work.

5) Law as affecting persons.

-yam Human work, action of man.

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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