Pracinabarhis, Prācīnabarhis, Pracina-barhis: 5 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Prachinabarhis.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pracinabarhis in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Prācīnabarhis (प्राचीनबर्हिस्).—A prajāpati. (For genealogy see under Pṛthu).

Pṛthu got two sons named Antardhāna and Vādī who were very virtuous. A son named Havirdhāna was born to Antardhāna of his wife Śikhaṇḍinī. Dhiṣaṇā born of the family of Agni became the wife of Havirdhāna and they got six sons named Prācīnabarhis, Śukra, Gaya, Kṛṣṇa, Vraja and Ajina. Of these Prācīnabarhis became a great Prajāpati. He carpetted the world with darbha grass with its head turned towards the east and thus got the name (Prācī = east; barhis = bed of Kuśa grass) Prācīnabarhis. He performed great penance and married Savarṇā, daughter of the oceans. They got ten sons who were called Pracetases and who were all masters of dhanurveda (archery). They all performed penance for ten thousand years lying submerged in water. Brahmā persuaded Prācīnabarhis to request his sons to refrain from remaining unmarried. Prācīnabarhis informed his sons about Brahmā’s wish. They sat in meditation in the ocean for ten thousand years as per directions from their father and sang songs in praise of Viṣṇu. Mahāviṣṇu was pleased and he gave darśana (vision of god) to them on the surface of the ocean itself with the brilliance of blue lotus. Pracetases went into ecstasy when they saw Bhagavān coming to them riding on the back of Garuḍa and they bowed down in great devotion before him. Mahāviṣṇu asked them what they wanted and they reported they wanted a boon for the progress and prosperity of the prajās. Granting them the boon Mahāviṣṇu disappeared and the Pracetases went back to their father. (Chapter 14, Aṃśa 1, Viṣṇu Purāṇa).

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pracinabarhis in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prācīnabarhis (प्राचीनबर्हिस्).—m. an epithet of Indra.

Prācīnabarhis is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prācīna and barhis (बर्हिस्).

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

1) Prācīnabarhis (प्राचीनबर्हिस्):—[=prācīna-barhis] [from prācīna > prāñc] m. ([nominative case] hi before ) ‘eastern light (?)’, Name of Indra, [Raghuvaṃśa]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Prajā-pati of the race of Atri, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] of a son of Havir-dhāman (or Havir-dhāna) and father of the 10 Pracetas, [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] of a son of Manu, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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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 (even English!). 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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