Pranaparipsa, Prāṇaparīpsā, Prana-paripsa: 3 definitions


Pranaparipsa 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»] — Pranaparipsa in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Prāṇaparīpsā (प्राणपरीप्सा) refers to “saving someone’s life”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.9 (“Boasting of Tāraka”).—Accordingly, as Tāraka-Asura said to the Gods: “[...] Doing such sinful acts frequently Viṣṇu and Śiva are already deficient in splendour and their prowess is spent out. [...] These two impudent fellows are presumptuous enough to place (kṛtavat) a child in front of me. Why? I will kill the child too. They too will have it. But let the child leave from here and save his life (prāṇaparīpsā)”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pranaparipsa in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prāṇaparīpsā (प्राणपरीप्सा):—[=prāṇa-parīpsā] [from prāṇa > prān] f. desire of saving l°, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

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

Prāṇaparīpsā (प्राणपरीप्सा):—(psā) 1. f. Desire of escaping or saving one’s life.

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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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