Prakritapralaya, Prākṛtapralaya, Prakrita-pralaya: 4 definitions



Prakritapralaya 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.

The Sanskrit term Prākṛtapralaya can be transliterated into English as Prakrtapralaya or Prakritapralaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Prakritapralaya in Purana glossary
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

1) Prakṛtapralaya (प्रकृतप्रलय) refers to a primordial state of Śiva, according to the 10th century Saurapurāṇa: one of the various Upapurāṇas depicting Śaivism.—[...] Śiva is regarded as Para-Brahman, the equilibrium of the three guṇas. In this state the Puruṣa exists within Himself as it were and this is also called the state of Prakṛtapralaya. From this state of Unmanifestedness God begins to assert Himself as God and enters into Prakṛti and Puruṣa by His own inner intimate contact. This existence of God may be compared with the sex-impulse in man or woman which exists within them and manifests itself only as a creative impulse although remaining one and the same with them all the while.

2) Prakṛtapralaya (प्रकृतप्रलय) is another name for Prākṛta (“dissolution at the end of the span of life of Brahmā”), and is related to Pratisarga (“creation or evolution of the Universe”), representing one of the various aspects of the Pañcalakṣaṇa definition of Purāṇas, according to Amarakoṣa: the famous Sanskrit lexicon of the 5th Century A.D.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prakritapralaya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prākṛtapralaya (प्राकृतप्रलय).—complete dissolution of the universe.

Derivable forms: prākṛtapralayaḥ (प्राकृतप्रलयः).

Prākṛtapralaya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prākṛta and pralaya (प्रलय).

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

Prākṛtapralaya (प्राकृतप्रलय).—m.

(-yaḥ) The total dissolution of the world. E. prākṛta material, and pralaya destruction.

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

Prākṛtapralaya (प्राकृतप्रलय):—[=prākṛta-pralaya] [from prākṛta] m. the total dissolution of the world, [Horace H. Wilson]

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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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