Prakhya, Prakhyā: 13 definitions


Prakhya 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: SOAS University of London: Protective Rites in the Netra Tantra

Prakhya (प्रख्य) refers to “resembling (the brightness)” (of pellucid pearls), 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 3.17-23, while describing a meditation on Amṛteśa in his form as Mṛtyujit]—“And so now, having constructed the amṛtāmudrā or the padmamudrā, [the mantrin] should meditate on the Ātman. The deity is equal in splendor [to that] of ten million moons, as bright as pellucid pearls (svaccha-muktāphala-prakhya), and as magnificent as quartz stone, he resembles drop of cow's milk or jasmine, mountain snow, and is everywhere. [...]”.

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

1) Prakhya (प्रख्य) refers to “resembling”, according to the Amanaska Yoga treatise dealing with meditation, absorption, yogic powers and liberation.—Accordingly, as Īśvara says to Vāmadeva: “[...] That which [the Yogin] sees is gradually extinguished even as he looks at it, and also what he smells as he smells it, what he tastes as he tastes it, the agreeable sounding sounds as he hears them and what he touches as he touches it, and so also in due course the mind, like a flame (śikhā-prakhya) without fuel, of the true Yogin who has reached the domain of the reality of that state which is called Non-duality. [...]”.

2) Prakhya (प्रख्य) refers to “clarity”, according to the Pātañjalayogaśāstra (1.2).—Accordingly, “For, mind has the three qualities (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas) because of its tendency to clarity (prakhyā), activity and duration. The mind's Sattva has the form of clarity and, when it is mixed with Rajas and Tamas, [the mind] becomes fond of power and sense-objects. [When] penetrated by [more] Tamas, the [mind] becomes susceptible to power through irreligious behaviour, ignorance and attachment. [...]”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prakhyā (प्रख्या).—f S Fame, celebrity, renown.

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

prakhyā (प्रख्या).—f Fame, celebrity, renown.

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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

Prakhyā (प्रख्या).—2 P.

1) To report, announce, declare.

2) To praise, celebrate. -Pass. To be well-known or celebrated, be famous. -Caus. To celebrate, proclaim, announce, declare publicly, publish.

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Prakhya (प्रख्य).—a.

1) Clear, visible, distinct.

2) Looking like, resembling (at the end of comp.); अमृत°, शशाङ्क° (amṛta°, śaśāṅka°) &c.

-khyaḥ the planet Jupiter.

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Prakhyā (प्रख्या).—

1) Perceptibility, visibility.

2) Renown, fame, celebrity; न्यवसत् परमप्रख्यः संप्रत्येव पुरीमिमाम् (nyavasat paramaprakhyaḥ saṃpratyeva purīmimām) Rām.

3) Disclosure.

4) Resemblance, similitude (in comp.); तस्या- स्तदद्भुतप्रख्यं श्रुत्वा हर्षमुपागतः (tasyā- stadadbhutaprakhyaṃ śrutvā harṣamupāgataḥ) Rām.7.89.7. फेनप्रख्यः कथं नाशं मर्त्यलोको न यास्यति (phenaprakhyaḥ kathaṃ nāśaṃ martyaloko na yāsyati) Y.3.1; प्रज्ञाचक्षुरवेक्षमाणतिमिरप्रख्याः किलाकीर्तयः (prajñācakṣuravekṣamāṇatimiraprakhyāḥ kilākīrtayaḥ) N.12.16.

5) Look, appearance.

6) Brightness, splendour; शशाङ्ककिरणप्रख्यं कालवालमुभे तदा (śaśāṅkakiraṇaprakhyaṃ kālavālamubhe tadā) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 1.23.2; अद्य चामीकरप्रख्यं प्रवेक्ष्यामि हुताशनम् (adya cāmīkaraprakhyaṃ pravekṣyāmi hutāśanam) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 3.73.11.

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

Prakhya (प्रख्य).—mfn.

(-khyaḥ-khyā-khyaṃ) 1. Like, resembling, (in composition.) 2. Visible, distinct. f.

(-khyā) 1. Visibility, perceptibility. 3. Fame, renown. 3. Similarity, similitude. E. pra before, khyā to say, aff. ḍa .

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

Prakhya (प्रख्य).—[pra-khya] (vb. khyā), I. adj. Clear, Mahābhārata 12, 7447. Ii. Latter part of comp. adj. 1. Looking, Mahābhārata 13, 547. 4. Like, resembling, Mahābhārata 1, 1236.

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

Prakhya (प्रख्य).—[adjective] visible, clear, distinct; [feminine] ā look, appearance, adj. —° resembling, -like, shining, brilliant.

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

1) Prakhyā (प्रख्या):—[=pra-√khyā] a [Parasmaipada] -khyāti, to see, [Ṛg-veda] ([subjunctive] -khyat; [infinitive mood] -khyai), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] ([indeclinable participle] -khyāya);

—to announce, proclaim, extol, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa] ([imperative] -khyāhi) :

—[Passive voice] -khyāyate, to be seen or known;

—to be visible or public or acknowledged or celebrated, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.:

—[Causal] -khyāpayati, to make generally known, proclaim, announce, publish, [Mālatīmādhava; Rājataraṅgiṇī]

2) Prakhya (प्रख्य):—[=pra-khya] [from pra-khyā] mfn. visible, clear, bright, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata]

3) Prakhyā (प्रख्या):—[=pra-khyā] [from pra-khya] b f. look, appearance (only ifc. = resembling, like), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] brightness, splendour (only ifc.), [Rāmāyaṇa]

5) [v.s. ...] perceptibility, visibility, [Jaimini]

6) [v.s. ...] making manifest, disclosure, [Daśarūpa]

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

Prakhya (प्रख्य):—[pra-khya] (khyaḥ-khyā-khyaṃ) a. Like.

[Sanskrit to German]

Prakhya 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Prakhya (ಪ್ರಖ್ಯ):—

1) [adjective] = ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತ [prakhyata]1 - 1.

2) [adjective] easily and clearly seen.

3) [adjective] having a likeness or resemblance; similar.

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Prakhya (ಪ್ರಖ್ಯ):—[noun] a thing that resembles another (greatly); a similar thing.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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