Paushtika, Pauṣṭika: 11 definitions


Paushtika means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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 Pauṣṭika can be transliterated into English as Paustika or Paushtika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक).—The mantras of the Atharvavedins recited in tank ritual.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 24. 46; 58. 37.
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Shodhganga: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक) or Puṣṭya refers to “increasing welfare” which is accomplished by performing mantrasādhana (preparatory procedures) beginning with japamālā using a rosary bead made of crystal or pearls, according to the Kakṣapuṭatantra verse 1.42. Accordingly, “In the śāntika (expelling evil) or pauṣṭika (increasing welfare), for the actualizing mantra, one should use a crystal or peal rosary, strung with a white thread”.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas

Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक) refers to a classification of pūjā (ritualistic worship) according to the Kāraṇāgama.—The Āgamas have several different classifications of nityapūjā (daily worship), based on the number of offerings, frequency, time duration and so on. The nomenclature also varies between Āgamas. The essence however is similar. Pauṣṭika is mentioned in the Kāraṇāgama (30.405) as “the pūjā that ends with stotra”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: BDK Tripiṭaka: The Susiddhikara-sūtra

Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक) is the name of a rite which is detailed in Chapter 14 of the Susiddhikara-sūtra. Accordingly, “At the time of the pauṣṭika rite, with your mind dancing for joy, you either recite [mantras] or do homa in accordance with [the rites for] the family in question. Starting on the fifteenth day of a bright [half-]month and finishing on the fifteenth day of the following bright [half-]month, perform the pauṣṭika [rite] in accordance with [the rites for] that particular family. Moreover, start at the hour of the tiger [in the early morning] and finish before the end of the day—just follow your inclinations in this. If you start at this time, at that time the gods and heavenly hosts visit [this] world; in addition, there are Śakra and other gods, as well as the gods of the various rites, who descend to inspect the world at this time, and if they see people doing good, their minds rejoice and they fulfill their wishes. [Therefore] when this time comes, the reciter should have utmost sincerity and should not be indolent”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक).—a S Invigorant, corroborant, nourishing, fattening. 2 Tending to bless, to prolong life, increase riches &c.;--used of sacrifices and other religious acts.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक).—a Invigorant, nourishing.

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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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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक).—a. (- f.)

1) Promoting growth or welfare; मन्त्रवर्जं न दुष्यन्ति कुर्वाणाः पौष्टिकीः क्रियाः (mantravarjaṃ na duṣyanti kurvāṇāḥ pauṣṭikīḥ kriyāḥ) Mb.12.296.29.

2) Nourishing, nutritive, nutritious, invigorating.

3) Preservative.

-kam A cloth worn during the tonsure ceremony.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) 1. Preservative, protective, nutritive, &c. 2. Nutritious, fattening. n.

(-kaṃ) A cloth worn when the ceremony of tonsure is performed. E. puṣṭi nourishing, and ṭhañ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक).—[feminine] ī conducive to welfare.

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

1) Pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक):—mf(ī)n. ([from] puṣṭi) relating to growth or welfare, nourishing, invigorating, furthering, promoting (with [genitive case]), [Gṛhyāsaṃgraha; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) n. a cloth worn during the ceremony of tonsure, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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