Pradhanapurusha, aka: Pradhānapuruṣa, Pradhana-purusha; 2 Definition(s)
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The Sanskrit term Pradhānapuruṣa can be transliterated into English as Pradhanapurusa or Pradhanapurusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
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1) the principal or most eminent person (in a state &c.) Ms.7.23; Pt.3.138. °अतीतः (atītaḥ) transcending प्रधान (pradhāna) and पुरुष (puruṣa) (matter and spirit).
2) an epithet of Śiva.
Derivable forms: pradhānapuruṣaḥ (प्रधानपुरुषः).
Pradhānapuruṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pradhāna and puruṣa (पुरुष).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
(-ṣaḥ) 1. The most distinguished personage. 2. An epithet of Siva.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 5 - Knowledge of paśupati principle < [Section 7.2 - Vāyavīya-saṃhitā (2)]
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Sariraka Upanishad of Krishna-Yajurveda (by K. Narayanasvami Aiyar)
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