Praskanda: 6 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Praskanda (प्रस्कन्द) is the name of a Gaṇeśvara (attendant of Śiva), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.9 (“Śiva’s campaign”).—Accordingly, as Śiva with the Gods attacked Tripura: “[...] O great Brahmins, all the Gaṇeśvaras went to the three cities. Who can enumerate them fully? I shall mention a few. These were the important ones who were there—[e.g., Praskanda] [...]. These and other innumerable lords of Gaṇas who cannot be characterised and classified surrounded Śiva and went ahead. [...] They were capable of burning the entire world including the mobile and immobile beings, within a trice by their very thought. Surrounding Śiva, the great lord, they went ahead. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Praskanda (प्रस्कन्द).—A class of Piśācas.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 7. 380.
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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Praskanda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Praskanda (प्रस्कन्द) or Praskandha.—(?), in Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 54.8 (verse) adj., fallen, sinking: praskanda (sc. sattvān; acc. pl.) saṃsāri, (I see creatures) fallen into (sinking in) the saṃsāra; note in KN says praskanna is to be expected, and WT read so, by em.; Pali pakkhanna is said in [Pali Text Society’s Pali-English Dictionary] to be often written pakkhanta; AMg. pakkhanda = moving, walking, Rat- nach.; in Lalitavistara 104.18 (prose) nānā-kudṛṣṭi-grahaṇa-(read gahana-, below)-praskandhānāṃ (so!, dh) sattvānāṃ, paralleled by Gaṇḍavyūha 288.13 dṛṣṭi-kṛta-gahana-praskandhānāṃ sattvānāṃ; Tibetan on Lalitavistara ḥthibs pos, dense, close, a covering, confirming gahana as in Gaṇḍavyūha for grahaṇa; khebs pa, cover- ing, for praskandha; see below, and note Dhātup. root skandh as v.l. for skand; twice Mahāvyutpatti has what may be the same word, but both times there are variants in the text, and northern translations are confused; Mahāvyutpatti 6815 praskandaḥ, v.l. °dhaḥ (so, °dhaḥ, Mironov); Tibetan ḥjug pa, or, ḥgro ba (both something like enter or move), or skem pa (dry up!); Chin. going in, or, going away; Japanese enter(ing); Mahāvyutpatti 7172 praskannaḥ, v.l. (with Mironov) praskandhaḥ (Mir. v.l. °ndaḥ, and, above line, skannaḥ); Tibetan rab tu zhug pa (entering), or byiṅ ba (sinking); so Chin., going inside, or sinking. The meaning sinking, as adj., which fits Sanskrit pra-skand-fairly well, would fit both the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka passage and the Lalitavistara-Gaṇḍavyūha parallel passages, of creatures sinking (entered would also be possible) in the thicket of heresy.

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

Praskanda (प्रस्कन्द):—[=pra-skanda] [from pra-skand] m. a kind of root, [Mahābhārata] ([varia lectio])

[Sanskrit to German]

Praskanda 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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