Prahasa, Prahāsa, Prahāsā: 15 definitions


Prahasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Prahāsa (प्रहास) refers to “laughing”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.25 (“The seven celestial sages test Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to the seven Sages: “O great sages, listen to my words with hearty affection. I am saying only what I thought in my own way. On hearing my words you will laugh [i.e., prahāsa] at me considering my proposal impossible. O Brahmins, I hesitate in revealing it but what can I do? [...]”.

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Prahāsa (प्रहास).—A serpent born of the family of Dhṛtarāṣṭra. This serpent was burnt to death at the Sarpasatra of Janamejaya. (Śloka 16, Chapter 57, Ādī Parva).

2) Prahāsa (प्रहास).—A soldier of Subrahmaṇya. (Śloka 68, Chapter 45, Śalya Parva).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Prahāsa (प्रहास) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.63) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Prahāsa) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Purana book cover
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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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Kavya (poetry)

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Source: OpenEdition books: Vividhatīrthakalpaḥ (Kāvya)

Prahāsā (प्रहासा) and Hāsā are two Vyantarīs (i.e., Vyantara-women), as mentioned in the Vividhatīrthakalpa by Jinaprabhasūri (13th century A.D.): an ancient text devoted to various Jaina holy places (tīrthas).—Accordingly, “In love with two Vyantarī, Hāsā and Prahāsā, the silversmith Kumāranandin decides to join them on the island Pañcaśaila. Despite the opposition of his friend Nagila, he therefore undertakes a fast to the death. [...]”.

Cf.  Āvaśyakacūrṇi I 397.5-398.14; Āvasyakaniryukti (Haribhadra commentary) b.3-a.l; Bṛhatkalpabhāṣya (v. 5225) 1388.29-1389.4; NiBh 140.5-142.2 (named Aṇaṃgaseṇa); Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra X.ll.v. 332-381: Johnson VI p. 285-289.

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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prahāsa (प्रहास).—m S Laughter, loud merriment. 2 Ridicule.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

prahāsa (प्रहास).—m Laughter. Ridicule.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prahāsa (प्रहास).—

1) Violent or loud laughter.

2) Ridicule, derision.

3) Irony, satire.

4) A dancer, an actor.

5) Name of Śiva.

6) Appearance, display; प्रालम्बद्विगुणित- चामरप्रहासः (prālambadviguṇita- cāmaraprahāsaḥ) Ve.2.29.

7) Name of a place of pilgrimage; cf. प्रभास (prabhāsa).

8) Splendour of colours.

Derivable forms: prahāsaḥ (प्रहासः).

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

Prahāsa (प्रहास).—m.

(-saḥ) 1. Loud laughter. 2. Ridicule, derision. 3. Irony. 4. Blowing, (as a flower). 5. Siva. 6. An actor, a dancer. 7. A place of pilgrimage; also somatīrtha. E. pra before, has to laugh, aff. ghañ .

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

Prahāsa (प्रहास).—i. e. pra-has + a, m. 1. Loud laughter. 2. An actor. 3. Śiva.

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

Prahāsa (प्रहास).—[masculine] laughter, sarcasm; p. sin.

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

1) Prahasa (प्रहस):—[=pra-hasa] [from pra-has] m. Name of Śiva, [Demetrius Galanos’s Lexiko: sanskritikes, anglikes, hellenikes]

2) [v.s. ...] of a Rakṣas, [Rāmāyaṇa]

3) Prahāsa (प्रहास):—[=pra-hāsa] [from pra-has] m. loud laughter, laughter, [Harivaṃśa; Kāvya literature]

4) [v.s. ...] derision, irony, [Pāṇini 1-4, 106 etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] appearance, display, [Veṇīs.]

6) [v.s. ...] splendour, of colours, [Jātakamālā]

7) [v.s. ...] an actor, dancer, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of Śiva, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] (cf. hasa)

9) [v.s. ...] of an attendant of Ś°, [Mahābhārata]

10) [v.s. ...] of a Nāga, [ib.]

11) [v.s. ...] of a minister of Varuṇa, [Rāmāyaṇa]

12) [v.s. ...] of a Tīrtha ([wrong reading] for bhāsa?), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

13) [v.s. ...] n. (with bharad-vājasya) Name of a Sāman ([wrong reading] for prāsāha), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Prahāsa (प्रहास):—[pra-hāsa] (saḥ) 1. m. Shiva; loud laughter; blowing (a flower); a dancer; place of pilgrimage.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Prahāsa (प्रहास) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Pahāsa, Pahāsā.

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Prahasa in German

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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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