Prashakha, Praśākha, Praśakhā: 10 definitions



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The Sanskrit terms Praśākha and Praśakhā can be transliterated into English as Prasakha or Prashakha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Prashakha in Mahayana glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Praśakhā (प्रशखा) refers to one of the five embryonic stages found in texts such as the Saṃyutta, Milinda, Mahāvyutpatti, Tsa a han and Kośa, according to a footnote in the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra (chapter VII).—The Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra omits the praśakhā stage which is also omitted in Milinda and Visuddhimagga.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Praśākha (प्रशाख).—a.

1) Having many or spreading branches.

2) Being in the 5th stage of formation (said of the embryo, when the hands and feet are formed).

-khā A small branch or twig.

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

Praśākha (प्रशाख).—f.

(-khā) 1. Having red branches. 2. In the fifth stage of formation. (as an embryo.)

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

Praśākhā (प्रशाखा).—[pra-śākhā], and praśāsvikā praśākhikā, i. e. praśākhā + ka, f. A small branch or twig, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 29, 21; [Nala] 20, 11.

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

Praśākhā (प्रशाखा).—[feminine] branch, limb (of the body).

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

1) Praśākha (प्रशाख):—[=pra-śākha] mfn. having great branches (as a tree), [Pāṇini 6-2, 177] [Scholiast or Commentator]

2) [v.s. ...] (also śaka) Name of the 5th stage in the formation of an embryo (in which the hands and feet are formed), [Buddhist literature]

3) Praśākhā (प्रशाखा):—[=pra-śākhā] [from pra-śākha] f. a branch or twig, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] ([probably]) extremity of the body, [Suśruta]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Praśākhā (प्रशाखा) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Pasāhā.

[Sanskrit to German]

Prashakha 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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Hindi dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prashakha in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Praśākhā (प्रशाखा):—(nf) an offshoot; a twing.

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