Prakasha, aka: Prakāśa, Prākāśa; 10 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Prakāśa and Prākāśa can be transliterated into English as Prakasa or Prakasha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Prakāśa (प्रकाश) is another name for Munideśa, one of the seven regions situated in Krauñcadvīpa, according to the Varāhapurāṇa chapter 88. Krauñcadvīpa is one of the seven islands (dvīpa), ruled over by Jyotiṣmān, one of the ten sons of Priyavrata, son of Svāyambhuva Manu, who was created by Brahmā, who was in turn created by Nārāyaṇa, the unknowable all-pervasive primordial being.

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: Wisdom Library: Varāha-purāṇa

Prakāśa (प्रकाश).—A brahmin born of the family of Bhṛgu. He was the son of Tamas who belonged to the race of Gṛtsamada. (Śloka 63, Chapter 30, Anuśāsana Parva).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Prakāśa (प्रकाश) is a concept of Kashmir Shaivism translated by various authors as “light”, “splendour”, “light of consciousness” (identified with Śiva).

Source: WikiPedia: Kashmir Shaivism
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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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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

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Prakāśa (प्रकाश).—Name of commentary on Bhartrhari's Vakyapadiya by Punjaraja. 31

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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India history and geogprahy

Prakāśa (प्रकाश) is the name of a commentary (on Varivasyārahasya Tripurasundarībāhyavarivasyā) on the topic of Mantraśāstra ascribed to Bhāskararāya (C. 1685-1775 C.E.), a polymath of who composed around forty works covering the subjects of vedānta, mīmāṃsā, vyākaraṇa, nyāya, prosody, kāvya, smṛti, mantraśāstra, Vedic literature. Also see the “New Catalogus Catalogorum” XVII. pp. 133-135.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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prakāśa (प्रकाश).—m (S) Light, lustre, splendor. 2 Expansion, diffusion, manifestation, lit. fig.; the blowing of a flower; the enlargement or enlightenment of the understanding; the spreading of tidings or intelligence; the explication or development of truth.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prakāśa (प्रकाश).—m Light, lustre. Expansion.

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.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Prakāśa (प्रकाश).—a.

1) Bright, shining, brilliant; प्रकाशश्चाप्रकाशश्च लोकलोक इवाचलः (prakāśaścāprakāśaśca lokaloka ivācalaḥ) R.1.68; 5.2.

2) Clear, visible, manifest; Śi.12.56; नाहं प्रकाशः सर्वस्य योगमायासमावृतः (nāhaṃ prakāśaḥ sarvasya yogamāyāsamāvṛtaḥ) Bg.7.25.

3) Vivid, perspicuous; नयन्ति तेष्वप्युपपन्ननैपुणा गभीरमर्थं कतिचित् प्रकाशताम् (nayanti teṣvapyupapannanaipuṇā gabhīramarthaṃ katicit prakāśatām) Ki.14.4.

4) Famous, renowned, celebrated, noted; जगत्प्रकाशं यशः (jagatprakāśaṃ yaśaḥ) R.3.48; पितुः प्रकाशस्य तव द्वितीयः (pituḥ prakāśasya tava dvitīyaḥ) Pratimā4.9.

5) Open, public.

6) Cleared of trees, open; विपिनानि प्रकाशानि शक्तिमत्त्वाच्चकार सः (vipināni prakāśāni śaktimattvāccakāra saḥ) R.4.31.

7) Blown, expanded.

8) (At the end of comp.) Looking like, like, resembling; महावनं चैत्ररथप्रकाशम् (mahāvanaṃ caitrarathaprakāśam) Mb. 3.177.17.

-śaḥ 1 Light, lustre, splendour, brightness; यथा प्रकाशतमसोः सम्बन्धो नोपपद्यते (yathā prakāśatamasoḥ sambandho nopapadyate) Smṛti.

2) (Fig.) Light, elucidation, explanation (mostly at the end of titles of works); काव्यप्रकाश, भावप्रकाश, तर्कप्रकाश (kāvyaprakāśa, bhāvaprakāśa, tarkaprakāśa) &c.

3) Sunshine; मेघान्तरे सूर्य इव प्रकाशः (meghāntare sūrya iva prakāśaḥ) Mb.8.7.16.

4) Display, manifestation; Śi.9.5.

5) Fame, renown, celebrity, glory.

6) Expansion, diffusion.

7) Open spot of air; प्रकाशं निर्गतोऽवलोकयामि (prakāśaṃ nirgato'valokayāmi) Ś.4.

8) A golden mirror.

9) A chapter or section (of a book).

1) The gloss on the upper part of a horse's body.

11) Knowledge (jñāna); सर्वद्वारेषु देहेऽस्मिन् प्रकाश उपजायते (sarvadvāreṣu dehe'smin prakāśa upajāyate) Bg.14.11.

12) Laughter.

-śam Bell-metal, brass.

-śam ind.

1) Openly, publicly; प्रतिभू- र्दापितो यत् तु प्रकाशं धनिनो धनम् (pratibhū- rdāpito yat tu prakāśaṃ dhanino dhanam) Y.2.56; Ms.8.193;9.228.

2) Aloud, audibly (used as a stage-direction in drama; opp. ātmagatam).

-śe ind. Openly, publicly.

2) Visibly.

3) In the presence of.

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Prākāśa (प्राकाश).—Ved.

1) A metallic mirror.

2) A kind of ornament.

Derivable forms: prākāśaḥ (प्राकाशः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prakāśa (प्रकाश).—nt. for regular m., light: yad andhakāraṃ tat prakāśam iti saṃjānīṣe, yac ca prakāśaṃ tad andha- kāram iti saṃjānīṣe SP 135.4 f. (prose). Perh. attracted to gender of andhakāra.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Prakaśa (प्रकश).—m.

(-śaḥ) Hurting, killing. E. pra, kaś to hurt, aff. ac .

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Prakāśa (प्रकाश).—mfn.

(-śaḥ-śā-śī-śaṃ) 1. Like, resembling. 2. Open, manifest, blown, expanded. 3. Famous, celebrated. 4. Public. n. adv.

(-śaṃ) 1. Openly, publicly. 2. (In dramatic language), Aloud. f.

(-śā) 1. Visible. 2. Shining. 3. Open. 4. Renowned. 5. Expanded. 6. Denuded of trees. 7. Looking like, (at the end of compounds.) m.

(-śaḥ) 1. Sunshine, lustre, light. 2. Expansion, diffusion, manifestation; the word being equally applicable to physical or moral subjects, as the blowing of a flower, diffusion of celebrity, the publicity of an event, or the manifestation of a truth. 3. A laugh, a smile. 4. Publicity. 5. An open spot. 6. A golden mirror. 7. The chapter of a book. 8. Elucidation, (at the end of titles of works.) n.

(-śaṃ) White or bellmetal, brass. E. pra implying motion or eminence, kāś to shine. aff. ac .

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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