Prajapati, aka: Prajāpati, Prajāpatī, Praja-pati; 14 Definition(s)

Introduction

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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Prajāpati (प्रजापति).—Another form of Brahmā, identified as Prajāpati, is carved attached to the shaft of the bhadraka pillar. He is four-handed and is in añjalimudra. Two upper hands have akṣamāla and kamaṇḍalu. He is represented as having a long drooping mustache and beard. He wears a conical jeweled kirīṭa. He is carved as one among the retinue of Śiva in this temple. The sculpture is in Vijayanagara style.

(Source): Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

Purana

Prajāpati (प्रजापति).—Creators of the world. With a view to making creation easy Brahmā at first created twentyone Prajāpatis (creators). They are Brahmā, Rudra, Manu, Dakṣa, Bhṛgu, Dharma, Tapa, Yama Marīci, Aṅgiras, Atri, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Vasiṣṭha, Parameṣṭhī, Sūrya, Candra, Kardama, Krodha and Vikrīta. (Chapter 384, Śānti Parva).

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Prajāpati (प्रजापति).—A title of honour earned by Manu and the mind-born and other sons of Brahmā;1 describes the creator;2 anointment of the Dikpālas by;3 Dakṣa a Prajāpati;4 Nine in number, worshipped for the sake of progeny.5

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 1. 33.
  • 2) Ib. 4. 8.
  • 3) Ib. 8. 9.
  • 4) Bhāgavata-purāṇa II. 6. 7; IV. 5. 17; VII. 12. 26; V. 23. 5; X. 54. 49.
  • 5) Ib. I. 3. 27; II. 3. 2; VII. 8. 38.

1b) The lord of Vairājaka Kalpa; wife Gāyatrī; son Snigdhasvara.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 21. 41-2.

1c) The Veda-Vyāsa of the second Dvāpara.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 3. 11.

1d) The son of Prāṃśu and father of Khanitra.*

  • * Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 1. 23.

1e) Prajeśvaras; they are Kardama, Kaśyapa, Śeṣa, Vikrānta, Suśrāva, Bahuputra, Kumāra, Vivasvān, Śuciśravas, Pracetas, Ariṣṭanemi and Bahula.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 53-54.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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.

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Prajāpati (प्रजापति) or Prajothpatti refers to the fifth saṃvatsara (“jovian year)” in Vedic astrology.—The native having his birth in the ‘samvatsara’ of ‘prajapati’ is proud of being the husband of a wife who is endowed with good qualities, always kind hearted, practises the religion of his family, has excellent nature, does reverence to a god, Brahmin and his teachers, and is courteous.

According with Jataka Parijata, the person born in the year prajapati (1991-1992 AD) will be virtuous, bounteous, rich in sons and of a tranquil disposition.

(Source): The effect of Samvatsaras: Satvargas
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Prajāpati (प्रजापति) is the name of a deity who received the Vīrāgama from Tejas through the mahānsambandha relation, according to the pratisaṃhitā theory of Āgama origin and relationship (sambandha). The vīra-āgama, being part of the eighteen Rudrabhedāgamas, refers to one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgamas: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu.

Prajāpati obtained the Vīrāgama from Tejas who in turn obtained it from Sadāśiva through parasambandha. Prajāpati in turn, transmitted it to through divya-sambandha to the Devas who, through divyādivya-sambandha, transmitted it to the Ṛṣis who finally, through adivya-sambandha, revealed the Vīrāgama to human beings (Manuṣya). (also see Anantaśambhu’s commentary on the Siddhāntasārāvali of Trilocanaśivācārya)

Prajāpati also obtained the Kāraṇāgama from Śarva who in turn (through the mahānsambandha relation) obtained it from Kāraṇa who in turn obtained it from Sadāśiva through parasambandha.

(Source): Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Prajāpati (प्रजापति) is a Sanskrit name for a deity, referring to “the lord of beings”. In the Śatapathabrāhmaṇa he is identified with the sun, also the year. By Uṣas (representing dawn) he begat a son whom he gave the name Rudra.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Hinduism

One of the 108 names of Krishna; Meaning: "Lord Of All Creatures"

(Source): humindian: 108 names of Lord Krishna

Prajapatis are the Manasaputras (wish-born-sons) of Brahma, who created them to assist with his task of creation. The following persons are said to be Prajapatis although the term itself is later applied only to Daksha:- Daksha, Kashyapa, Angirasa, Bhrigu.

(Source): Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

In Hinduism, Prajapati (प्रजापति, prajāpati) “lord of creatures” is a group Hindu deity presiding over procreation, and protection of life. Vedic commentators also identify him with the creator referred to in the Nasadiya Sukta.

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.8.16 cites Vishvakarman as the leader of the prajāpatis, the sons of Lord Brahmā who generate progeny. The eleven lords of created beings first created by Brahmā, which are the Prajapatis:

  1. Vishvakarman
  2. Marichi
  3. Atri
  4. Angiras
  5. Pulastya,
  6. Pulaha,
  7. Kratu,
  8. Vasishtha
  9. Prachetas or Daksha
  10. Bhrigu

The Mahabharata mentions, in the words of celestial sage Narada, 14 Prajapatis (lit:caretakers of the Praja) excluding Vishvakarman namely:

  1. Daksha,
  2. Prachetas,
  3. Pulaha,
  4. Marichi,
  5. Kasyapa,
  6. Bhrigu,
  7. Atri,
  8. Vasistha,
  9. Gautama,
  10. Angiras,
  11. Pulastya,
  12. Kratu,
  13. Prahlada and
  14. Kardama

They are the caretakers of the fourteen worlds - seven lokas and seven talas.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Prajāpati (प्रजापति) is the father of Tripṛṣṭha: the first Vāsudeva (“violent heroes”) according to both Śvetāmbara and Digambara sources. Since they enjoy half the power of a Cakravartin (universal monarch) they are also known as Ardhacakrins. Jain legends describe nine such Vāsudevas usually appearing together with their “gentler” twins known as the Baladevas. The legends of these twin-heroes usually involve their antagonistic counterpart known as the Prativāsudevas (anti-heroes).

The stories of king Prajāpati, queen Mṛgāvatī and their son, Tripṛṣṭha are related in texts such as the Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacarita (“the lives of the sixty-three illustrious persons”), a twelfth-century Śvetāmbara work by Hemacandra.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Jainism
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

prajāpati (प्रजापति).—m (S) A name of Brahma, and an epithet common to the ten divine personages first created by him. 2 A king. 3 A covert term for membrum virile. Ex. tōṇḍa gāyīcēṃ pra0 gāḍhavācā.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prajāpati (प्रजापति).—m A name of Brahma'. A king.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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.

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prajāpati (प्रजापति).—

1) the god presiding over creation; प्रजने च प्रजापतिम् (prajane ca prajāpatim) Ms.12.121.

2) an epithet of Brahmā; अस्याः सर्गविधौ प्रजापतिरभूच्चन्द्रो नु कान्तिप्रदः (asyāḥ sargavidhau prajāpatirabhūccandro nu kāntipradaḥ) V.1.9.

3) an epithet of the ten lords of created beings first created by Brahmā (see Ms.1.34).

4) an epithet of Viśvakarman, the architect of gods.

5) the sun.

6) a king.

7) a son-in-law.

8) an epithet of Viṣṇu.

9) a father, progenitor.

1) the penis.

11) a sacrifice; °हृदयम् (hṛdayam) A kind of सामगान (sāmagāna).

12) Name of a संवत्सर (saṃvatsara).

Derivable forms: prajāpatiḥ (प्रजापतिः).

Prajāpati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prajā and pati (पति).

(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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