Paushtika, aka: Pauṣṭika; 7 Definition(s)


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

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

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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: Mantra-sādhana: Chapter One of the Kakṣapuṭatantra

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”.

Source: Shodhganga: Temple management in the Āgamas
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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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 Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pauṣṭika (पौष्टिक).—a Invigorant, nourishing.

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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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: DDSA: The practical 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: 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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