Prashasti, Praśasti: 11 definitions

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Prashasti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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 Praśasti can be transliterated into English as Prasasti or Prashasti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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: archive.org: Natya Shastra

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).

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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)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

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.

India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Praśasti.—(EI 15, 23, 24; CII 3, 4), a culogy; a culogistic inscription generally on stone; a copper-plate charter (with reference to the introductory section of medieval charters); rarely praśastā (Ep. Ind., Vol. 36, p. 52), śubhā (Vol. 35, p. 59). Note: praśasti is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

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

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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

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

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

Praśasti (प्रशस्ति).—f.

(-stiḥ) 1. Excellence, eminence. 2. Eulogy. 3. A small poem written in praise of any one. 4. Instruction. E. pra before, śaṇasa to praise, ktin aff.

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

Praśasti (प्रशस्ति).—i. e. pra-śaṃs + ti, f. Praise, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 98, 16 = [Rigveda.] v. 9, 6; [Uttara Rāmacarita, 2. ed. Calc., 1862.] 156, 12.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Praśasti (प्रशस्ति) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—a guide to letter-writing. Ben. 37. Rādh. 47. Bh. 26.

2) Praśasti (प्रशस्ति):—a guide to letter-writing by Bhāskara. Devīpr. 79, 62.

3) Praśasti (प्रशस्ति):—formularies of addresses in letters by Viṭṭhaleśa. Il.

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

1) Praśasti (प्रशस्ति):—[from praśasta > pra-śaṃs] f. (pra-) praise, fame, glorification, [Ṛg-veda; Uttararāma-carita; Daśarūpa] etc. (tiṃdhā, to bestow pr° upon, value highly [with [locative case]] [Ṛg-veda])

2) [v.s. ...] liking, desire (as of food), [Ṛg-veda]

3) [v.s. ...] (in [dramatic language]) a benediction (praying for peace etc. in the reign of a prince), [Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] instruction, guidance, warning, [Ṛg-veda]

5) [v.s. ...] an edict, [Vikramāṅkadeva-carita, by Bilhaṇa; Bālarāmāyaṇa]

6) [v.s. ...] (metrical) eulogistic inscription, [Macdonell’s Dictionary, etc.]

7) [v.s. ...] excellence, eminence, [Horace H. Wilson]

8) [v.s. ...] Name of a guide to letter-writing, [Catalogue(s)] (also tikā)

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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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