Pranapratishtha, Prāṇapratiṣṭhā, Prana-pratishtha: 6 definitions



Pranapratishtha 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.

The Sanskrit term Prāṇapratiṣṭhā can be transliterated into English as Pranapratistha or Pranapratishtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ganapatya (worship of Ganesha)

[«previous next»] — Pranapratishtha in Ganapatya glossary
Source: Google Books: Ganapati: Song of the Self

Prāṇapratiṣṭha (प्राणप्रतिष्ठ) refers to “infuses life into the image”.—All pūjās share in the fact that a sacred area and a sacred time are established in which one infuses life into the image (prāṇapratiṣṭha) and in return receives blessings (prasāda). After the image has been infused with life (prāṇapratiṣṭha), the [ṣoḍaśopacāra] or “sixteen ways of service” (or whatever the number one plans to perform) are performed. In this regards one should note the following points. The lamp (preferably an oil lamp), bell, cup, spoon, kumkum/bhasma/turmeric/incense holder, and tray should all preferably be made out of silver. Copper is also acceptable, but the general rule is to use the finest and purest materials when making an offering to the Divine. The foods that are offered should be pure (sattva), that is, fruits, milk, and milk products, modakas, various leaves, betel nuts. This worship is followed by any one of several prayers to Gaṇeśa [...].

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Ganapatya (गाणपत्य, gāṇapatya) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Ganesha is revered and worshipped as the prime deity (ishta-devata). Being a minor though influential movement, Ganapatya evovled, llike Shaktism and Shaivism, as a separate movement leaving behind a large body of literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Prāṇapratiṣṭhā (प्राणप्रतिष्ठा) refers to the rite of the “installation of the idol”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.13, while explaining the mode of worshipping Śiva:—“[...] after performing the purificatory rite of the Bhūtas [viz., bhūtaśuddhi], the installation of the idol (prāṇapratiṣṭhā) shall be performed. If the worship is performed in the temple of Śiva (śivālaya), the guardians of the quarters (dikpāla) shall be installed and worshipped. In the house (gṛha), Śiva shall be worshipped by the root mantra (mūlamantra). It is not obligatory that the gatekeeper (dvārapāla) shall be worshipped. The liṅga that is worshipped by me can be worshipped in the house. Everything is installed in the same”.

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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

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pranapratishtha in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prāṇapratiṣṭhā (प्राणप्रतिष्ठा).—f S The rite of bringing life into an image on occasions of the dakṣiṇācāra-worship. It accompanies the rite cakṣarunmīlana.

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

prāṇapratiṣṭhā (प्राणप्रतिष्ठा).—f The rite of bringing life in- to an image. Consecration of an idol.

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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

[«previous next»] — Pranapratishtha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Prāṇapratiṣṭhā (प्राणप्रतिष्ठा) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[tantric] Burnell. 148^b. H. 358.

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

1) Prāṇapratiṣṭhā (प्राणप्रतिष्ठा):—[=prāṇa-pratiṣṭhā] [from prāṇa > prān] f. the ceremony of putting life into an idol by the recitation of certain Mantras, consecration of an image or idol, [Religious Thought and Life in India 70]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of [work]

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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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