Prakartavya, Prakarttavya, Prakartavyā, Prakarttavyā, Pra-karttavya, Pra-kartavya: 5 definitions


Prakartavya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Prakartavya in Shaivism glossary
Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Prakartavyā (प्रकर्तव्या) refers to “being prepared (for all)”, according to the Netratantra of Kṣemarāja: a Śaiva text from the 9th century in which Śiva (Bhairava) teaches Pārvatī topics such as metaphysics, cosmology, and soteriology.—Accordingly, [verse 4.3cd-4ab]—“[Through dīkṣā, he is] prepared (prakartavyā) for all because through religious action [he becomes] the same [as the divine] in accordance with the nature of potential and manifestation”.

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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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Prakartavya in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Prakartavya (प्रकर्तव्य) refers to “make everything (fruitful)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.29 (“Śivā-Śiva dialogue”).—Accordingly, as Pārvatī said to Śiva: “[...] Spreading your glory in the worlds you shall make everything (prakartavya) about my father fruitful. Thus you start your householder’s life. There is no doubt that my father with his kinsmen will accede to your request as he has already been urged by the sages lovingly. Formerly as Dakṣa’s daughter I was offered to you by my father. But the marriage rites were not duly performed then. [...]”.

2) Prakarttavya (प्रकर्त्तव्य) refers to “performance” (of the Vrata of Gaṇeśa), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.18 (“Gaṇeśa crowned as the chief of Gaṇas”).—Accordingly, as Śiva said to Gaṇeśa: “[...] They who devoutly worship you with acts of service will achieve success. Their obstacles will be quelled. These Vratas shall be performed (prakarttavyā) by the people of all castes, particularly by women as well as kings aiming and beginning to be prosperous and flourishing. He will certainly derive whatever he desires. Hence you shall always be served by him whoever he is who desires fruits. [...]”.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prakartavya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Prakartavya (प्रकर्तव्य):—[=pra-kartavya] [from pra-kara > pra-kṛ] mfn. to be prepared, [Mahābhārata]

2) [v.s. ...] to be disclosed or brought to light, [Pañcatantra]

3) [v.s. ...] to be appointed to ([locative case]), [Mahābhārata]

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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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