Pranahara, Prāṇahara, Prana-hara: 10 definitions


Pranahara means something in Buddhism, Pali, 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Prāṇahara (प्राणहर) refers to the “destruction” (of the Asuras), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.12 (“The story of Śiva and Pārvatī”).—Accordingly, as Viṣṇu said to Kārttikeya: “Obeisance to you of good features, obeisance to you who confer auspiciousness on the universe, O kinsman of the universe, obeisance be to you. Obeisance to you, O purifier of the universe. Obeisance to you, the slayer of the chief of the Asuras. O lord, obeisance to the slayer of the Asura Bāṇa (bāṇāsura-prāṇahara). Obeisance to the destroyer of Pralamba. Obeisance to you of holy features. Obeisance to you, O son of Śiva. [...]”.

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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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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Tibetan Buddhism

Prāṇahara (प्राणहर) refers to one of the male Vidyā-beings mentioned as attending the teachings in the 6th century Mañjuśrīmūlakalpa: one of the largest Kriyā Tantras devoted to Mañjuśrī (the Bodhisattva of wisdom) representing an encyclopedia of knowledge primarily concerned with ritualistic elements in Buddhism. The teachings in this text originate from Mañjuśrī and were taught to and by Buddha Śākyamuni in the presence of a large audience (including Prāṇahara).

Tibetan Buddhism book cover
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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Prāṇahara (प्राणहर).—a. causing death, taking away life, fatal; पुरो मम प्राणहरो भविष्यसि (puro mama prāṇaharo bhaviṣyasi) Gītagovinda 7.

2) capital.

Prāṇahara is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms prāṇa and hara (हर). See also (synonyms): prāṇahārin.

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

Prāṇahara (प्राणहर).—mfn.

(-raḥ-rā-raṃ) Destructive, taking away life. E. prāṇa and hara who or what takes.

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

Prāṇahara (प्राणहर).—[adjective] robbing life, destructive.

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

1) Prāṇahara (प्राणहर):—[=prāṇa-hara] [from prāṇa > prān] mf(ī)n. taking away or threatening l°, destructive, fatal, dangerous to ([compound]), [Yājñavalkya; Rāmāyaṇa; Cāṇakya]

2) [v.s. ...] capital punishment, [Rāmāyaṇa]

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

Prāṇahara (प्राणहर):—[prāṇa-hara] (raḥ-rā-raṃ) a. Taking away life.

[Sanskrit to German]

Pranahara 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

[«previous next»] — Pranahara in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Prāṇahara (ಪ್ರಾಣಹರ):—[adjective] causing or having the tendency to cause, death.

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Prāṇahara (ಪ್ರಾಣಹರ):—[noun] a man or a thing causing or having the tendency to cause, death.

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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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