Prahuta; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Prahuta (प्रहुत).—One of the five sacrifices (pañcayajña).—The offering to elementals is ‘Prahuta’. Though this also is a kind of ‘Homa’ yet, in view of the fact that the terra ‘Homa’ is generally restricted to offerings made into fire, people might think that the offering to elementals is not ‘homa’; hence (with a view to preclude this notion) it has been given the name of ‘Prahuta’,—the act being praised as an excellent (pra) homa (huta)’. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 3.74)

Source: Google Books: Manusmṛti with the Manubhāṣya
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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Prahuta (प्रहुत).—A great yajña.

Manusmṛti states that respecting each of the following five is considered as a yajña in itself:—A devatā, a guest, servants, parents and the self. Of these the first is called Āhuta, second, huta, third, prahuta, fourth brāhmyahuta and fifth, prāśita (Ślokas 72. 73, Chapter 3, Manusmṛti).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia
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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-English dictionary

Prahuta (प्रहुत).—An offering of food to all created beings (bhūtayajña), one of the five daily Yajñas to be performed by a householder; cf. अहुतं च हुतं चैव तथा प्रहुतमेव च । ब्राह्म्यं हुतं प्राशितं च पञ्चयज्ञान् प्रचक्षते (ahutaṃ ca hutaṃ caiva tathā prahutameva ca | brāhmyaṃ hutaṃ prāśitaṃ ca pañcayajñān pracakṣate) Ms.3.73; Bhāg.7.15. 49. It also means दर्शेष्टि (darśeṣṭi) (baliharaṇa); Bṛ. Up.1.5.2.

Derivable forms: prahutaḥ (प्रहुतः), prahutam (प्रहुतम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prahuta (प्रहुत).—n.

(-taṃ) Offering articles of food to spirits or goblins. E. pra well, hu to offer in oblation, kta aff.

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