Prashasti, aka: Praśasti; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Praśasti can be transliterated into English as Prasasti or Prashasti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Prashasti in Natyashastra glossaries]

Praśasti (प्रशस्ति, “benedication”) refers to ‘formal benediction’. Praśasti represents one of the fourteen nirvahaṇasandhi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. Nirvahaṇasandhi refers to the “segments (sandhi) of the concluding part (nirvahaṇa)” and represents one of the five segments of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic composition (nāṭaka).

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Praśasti (प्रशस्ति).—One of the fourteen elements of the ‘concluding segment’ (nirvahaṇasandhi);—(Description:) A prayer seeking perfect peace to the king and the country is called Benediction (praśasti).

(Source): Natya Shastra
Natyashastra book cover
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Prashasti in Hinduism glossaries]

Praśasti (प्रशस्ति, “praise”) inscriptions are euologistic inscriptions issued by Indian rulers from 1st millennium CE onwards. Written in form of poetry or ornate prose, the prashastis were generally composed by the court poets. The praśastis generally contained genealogies of the rulers (or other issuers subordinate to them), their achievements (especially military activities), their comparisons with legendary heroes and other details. The inscriptions issued by the subordinates often recognized the rulers as the descendant of a deity, and bestowed titles and honours upon them.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Prashasti in Marathi glossaries]

praśastī (प्रशस्ती).—f (praśasta S) The adulatory or complimentary introduction of epistles. Commonly alakāba from A.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

[Prashasti in Sanskrit glossaries]

Praśasti (प्रशस्ति).—f.

1) Praise, eulogy, laudation.

2) Description; U.7.

3) A panegyric or small poem written in praise of any one (e. g. a patron).

4) Excellence, eminence.

5) Benediction.

6) Guidance, instruction, rule for guidance; as in लेखप्रशस्तिः (lekhapraśastiḥ) 'a form of writing'.

7) Publicity, advertising; दशाननतिरस्कारप्रशस्तिमिव (daśānanatiraskārapraśastimiva) Mv.5.12.

Derivable forms: praśastiḥ (प्रशस्तिः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical 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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