Prasava; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Prasava (प्रसव).—A son of Bhṛgu.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 87.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Prasava (प्रसव) refers to “birth of a child” and is one of the six reasons for “conjugal union” (vāsaka) between a king and a women, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. Accordingly, “conjugal union (vāsaka) being due, kings should go to the bed-chamber of a wife even if she may be in her menses and may not be his favourite”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Prasava (प्रसव) refers to a “flower”, as mentioned in a list of eight synonyms, according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil, mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees [viz., Prasava] and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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prasava (प्रसव).—m (S) Bringing forth or bearing (of young). 2 Birth or production. 3 Offspring.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

prasava (प्रसव).—m Bringing forth (of young). Birth. Offspring.

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

Prasava (प्रसव).—1 Begetting, generation, procreation, birth, production; प्रसवविकारो स्त्रीणां द्वित्रिचतुःप्रभृति संप्रसूतौ वा । हीनातिरिक्तकाले च देशकुलसंक्षयो भवति (prasavavikāro strīṇāṃ dvitricatuḥprabhṛti saṃprasūtau vā | hīnātiriktakāle ca deśakulasaṃkṣayo bhavati) Bṛ. S.

2) Child-birth, delivery, confinement; an in आसन्नप्रसवा (āsannaprasavā).

3) Offspring, progeny, young ones, children; oft. at the end of comp.; केवलं वीरप्रसवा भूयाः (kevalaṃ vīraprasavā bhūyāḥ) U.1; Ku.7.87.

4) Source, origin, brith-place (fig. also); प्रसवः कर्मफलस्य भूरिणः (prasavaḥ karmaphalasya bhūriṇaḥ) Ki.2.43.

5) Flower, blossom; प्रसवविभूतिषु भूरुहां विरक्तः (prasavavibhūtiṣu bhūruhāṃ viraktaḥ) Śi.7.42; नीता लोध्रप्रसवरजसा पाण्डुतामानने श्रीः (nītā lodhraprasavarajasā pāṇḍutāmānane śrīḥ) Me.67; कुन्दप्रसवशिथिलं जीवितम् (kundaprasavaśithilaṃ jīvitam) 113; R.9.28; Ku.1.55;4.14; Ś.5.9; Māl.9.27.31; U.2.2.

6) A fruit, product; यज्ञप्रसववर्जिताः (yajñaprasavavarjitāḥ) Mb.12.18.46.

7) Ved. Extracting Soma juice; अपुत्रः प्रसवेनार्थी वनवासमुपावसत् (aputraḥ prasavenārthī vanavāsamupāvasat) Mb.13.4.6.

7) Setting in motion.

9) A current, stream.

1) Excitement, animation.

11) Enjoining, ordering.

12) Assistance, help.

13) pursuit, acquisition.

Derivable forms: prasavaḥ (प्रसवः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prasava (प्रसव).—m.

(-vaḥ) 1. Bringing forth, bearing, (as young.) 2. Birth, production. 3. Offspring, posterity. 4. Fruit. 5. A blossom, a flower. 6. Source, origin. E. pra before, to bear, aff. ap .

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