Prananama, Praṇanāma: 1 definition


Prananama 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.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Praṇanāma (प्रणनाम) refers to “bowing”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.9.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Sage Nārada:—“After you had gone to heaven, some time passed. Once Menā approached the lord of mountains and bowed [i.e., praṇanāma] to him. After waiting there for some time with humility, the beloved of the mountain addressed her lord; the chaste lady who loved her daughter as ardently as her own life spoke to the lord of mountains thus. [...]”.

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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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