Praghasa, Praghāsa, Praghasā: 11 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Praghasa (प्रघस).—One of the eight principal ministers of Mahiṣāsura, an asura chieftain from the city Mahiṣa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 93. All of these ministers were learned, valiant and just.

The Varāhapurāṇa is categorised as a Mahāpurāṇa, and was originally composed of 24,000 metrical verses, possibly originating from before the 10th century. It is composed of two parts and Sūta is the main narrator.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Praghasā (प्रघसा).—A rākṣasī (demoness). She was one among the several leading demonesses who sat around Sītā in Laṅkā to coax her into accepting Rāvaṇa as her husband. An ill-tempered woman, this demoness tried several methods to win Sītā to the side of Rāvaṇa. (Sarga 23, Sundara Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa).

2) Praghasā (प्रघसा).—A female follower of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 16, Chapter 46, Śalya Parva)

3) Praghasa (प्रघस).—A tribe of rākṣasas (demons). (Chapter 285, Vana Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1) Praghasa (प्रघस).—An Asura follower of Bali.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 245. 32.

2) Praghāsa (प्रघास).—A god of the Lekha group.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 75.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Praghasā (प्रघसा) refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.45.16). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Praghasā) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Praghasa (प्रघस).—a. Voracious, gluttonous.

-saḥ 1 A demon.

2) Voracity, gluttony.

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

Praghasa (प्रघस).—mfn.

(-saḥ-sā-saṃ) Voracious. m.

(-saḥ) 1. Eating much. 2. A Daitya, a demon. E. pra much, vasa for ad to eat, aff. ap or ac .

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

Praghasa (प्रघस).—[masculine] Voracious, [Name] of a Rakṣas & a monkey.

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

1) Praghasa (प्रघस):—[=pra-ghasa] m. (√ghas) a devourer ([plural] Name of false gods), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. [Pāṇini 2-4, 37; 38])

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a Rākṣasa, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] of a monkey follower of Rāma, [Rāmāyaṇa]

4) Praghasā (प्रघसा):—[=pra-ghasā] [from pra-ghasa] f. Name of one of the Mātṛs attending on Skanda, [Mahābhārata]

5) Praghāsa (प्रघास):—[=pra-ghāsa] [from pra-ghasa] See varuṇa-praghāsa.

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

Praghasa (प्रघस):—[pra-ghasa] (saḥ-sā-saṃ) a. Voracious. m. Eating much; a demon.

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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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