Prabhanjana, aka: Prabhañjana, Prabhañjanā, Prābhañjana; 11 Definition(s)


Prabhanjana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Prabhañjanā (प्रभञ्जना).—Name of a river (nadī) situated near the seven great mountains on the western side of mount Naiṣadha, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 83. These settlements consume the water flowing from these seven great mountains (Viśākha, Kambala, Jayanta, Kṛṣṇa, Harita, Aśoka and Vardhamāna). Niṣadha (Naiṣadha) is one of the seven mountains located in Jambūdvīpa, ruled over by Āgnīdhra, a grandson of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

1) Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन).—The first son of Citravāhana, king of Maṇipura. Citravāhana who was without a son for a long time did penance for obtaining a son. Śiva was pleased with his penance and he blessed him and assured him of a son soon. (Śloka 29, Chapter 214, Ādi Parva).

2) Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन).—A king. He performed Śiva-worship for ten thousand years and attained Dikpālakatva. The name of his son was Pūtātmā. (Skanda Purāṇa, 41, 13).

3) Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन).—A Kṣatriya king. Once this king killed a deer while it was breast-feeding its child and by a curse of the mother-deer Prabhañjana had to live as a tiger for a hundred years. When the period of the curse was coming to an end, the tiger heard the advice of a cow called Nandā and got himself transformed into his original form of the king. (Chapter 18, Sṛṣṭi Khaṇḍa, Padma Purāṇa).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन).—God of the wind;1 narrator of the vāyu purāṇa.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 25. 7.
  • 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 2. 2.

1b) A monkey chief.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 233.

2) Prabhañjanā (प्रभञ्जना).—A river in the Ketumālā continent.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 44. 18.
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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Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन) is the name of a deity who received the Sūkṣmāgama from Bhava who in turn, received it from Sūkṣma through the mahānsambandha relation, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The sūkṣma-āgama, being part of the ten Śivabhedāgamas, refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgamas: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu.

Prabhañjana obtained the Sūkṣmāgama from Bhava who in turn obtained it from Sūkṣma who in turn obtained it from Sadāśiva through parasambandha. Prabhañjana then, through divya-sambandha transmitted it to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Sūkṣmāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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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)

Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन).—Protector deity of the north-western cremation ground.—The northwest (vāyavī) is protected by Prabhañjana (Vāyu), hence listed also as the wind, Vāta (Śmaśānavidhi 18), but—problematically, suggesting the southwest—as Rākṣasendra/Rākṣasa in Saṃvarodayatantra 17.39. He is described in the Adbhutaśmaśānālaṃkāra and Śmaśānavidhi as blue/smoke-colored (respectively), mounted on an antelope (mṛga), holding a yellow banner (dhvaja) and skull bowl.

Source: Google Books: Vajrayogini

Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन) is the name of the protector (dikpati) associated with Kilakilārava: the north-western cremation ground (śmaśāna) according to the Vajravārāhī-sādhana by Umāpatideva as found in te Guhyasamayasādhanamālā. As a part of this sādhana, the practicioner is to visualize a suitable dwelling place for the goddess inside the circle of protection which takes the form of eight cremation grounds.

These protectors (eg., Prabhañjana) are variously known as dikpati, dikpāla and lokāpala and can be traced to purāṇic legends where eight protectors are assigned to each direction by Brahmā. According to the Śmaśānavidhi verse 20, these protectors are in union with their wives and have four arms, two of which make the añjali gesture of obeisance, while the second pair usually holds a skull bowl and a tantric weapon. They are variously depicted upon their respective mounts, or sitting at the base of the tree.

The Guhyasamayasādhanamālā by Umāptideva is a 12th century ritualistic manual including forty-six Buddhist tantric sādhanas. The term sādhana refers to “rites” for the contemplation of a divinity.

Source: Wisdomlib Libary: Vajrayogini
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन) refers to one of the two Indras (lords) of the Stanitakumāra (thundering youths) class of “residential celestial beings” (bhavanavāsin), itself a main division of devas (celestial beings) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 4.3. The Stanitakumāras create sound. Sughoṣa and Prabhañjana are the two lords in the Fiendish-youths residential celestial beings.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 4: The celestial beings (deva)
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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prabhañjana (प्रभंजन).—m S (Common in poetry.) Air or wind. Ex. taṭasta jhālā pra0 || vēdhalā candrācā hariṇa ||.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prabhañjana (प्रभंजन).—m Air or wind.

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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Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन).—Breaking to pieces.

-naḥ Wind, especially stormy wind, hurricane; प्रभञ्जनाध्येयजवेन वाजिना (prabhañjanādhyeyajavena vājinā) N.1.67; तृणानि नोन्मूलयति प्रभञ्जनः (tṛṇāni nonmūlayati prabhañjanaḥ) Pt.1.22. -a. Destroying; ... पुत्रं देहि सुरोत्तम । बलवन्तं महाकायं सर्वदर्पप्रभञ्जनम् (putraṃ dehi surottama | balavantaṃ mahākāyaṃ sarvadarpaprabhañjanam) Mb.1.123.13.

Derivable forms: prabhañjanam (प्रभञ्जनम्).

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Prābhañjana (प्राभञ्जन).—The lunar mansion Svāti.

Derivable forms: prābhañjanam (प्राभञ्जनम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prabhañjana (प्रभञ्जन).—n. of two yakṣas: Māy 32.92.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit 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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