Prastara, aka: Prastāra; 11 Definition(s)

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Prastara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

1) Prastara (प्रस्तर) refers to the “entablature” of a temple (prāsāda or vimāna). It is considered the third part in the ṣaḍvarga structure.

2) Prastara (प्रस्तर):—One of the eight types of villages, according to Chapter 9 of the Mānasāra (called the grāmalakṣaṇam). The Mānasāra is one of the traditional authorative Hindu treatises on Vāstuśāstra. The form of this village is said to be tattadrūpeṇa, which means it represents the form of the meaning of its Sanskrit name.

Source: Wisdom Library: Vāstu-śāstra

Prastara (प्रस्तर) means entablature. It is found above the architrave of the temple, inside or outside. Prastara is one of the six important architectural parts of the body of the temple. It is the third member of the temple building from the bottom. Prastara is considered very important in the architectural composition of the temple.

Prastara, in dravidian context, means a meeting place. This is the meeting place of the two divisions of the temple namely the prāsāda-varga and the pāda-varga. Pāda-varga represents the earth and prāsāda-varga represents the Heaven. In the entablature both pāda-varga and prāsāda-varga unite. Therefore this part is given the name prastara. According to Hindu metaphysics the mother Earth (bhūmi-tattva) is feminine (prakṛti) in character. It is embraced by ākāśa-tatva, which is masculine (puruṣa). The prastara represents the union of these two concepts.

Prastara, according to Mayamata, should be decorated with sculptures of yakṣas, vidyādharas, bhūtamāla, gaṇas, haṃsas, floral decorations, etc. According to Mānasāra the semi divine and demi-devine and other celestial beings are to be carved in śayana (lying) or āsīna (seated) postures.

Source: Shodhganga: Temples of Salem region Up to 1336 AD
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Prastara (प्रस्तर) refers to a “surface” (a flat top). It represents a part of the trivarga structure, where it is also known as kapota or paṭṭikā.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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1) Prastāra (प्रस्तार, “permutations”).—The word prastāra is a technical term used in Sanskrit Prosody by which different kinds of calculations of metres are possible. Prosodists generally accept that the classical metres are the prastāras (permutations) of various Vedic metres like Gāyatrī, Uṣṇik, Bṛhatī and Triṣṭubh etc. Each metre is having a number of prastāras among which only very few are accepted and used by poets generally.

2) Prastāra (प्रस्तार) refers to one of the six pratyayas mentioned in the Chandomañjarī 1.14.—The pratyayas are the cause of expansion of metres (chandas). Generally six pratyayas are found in Sanskrit prosody (eg., Prastāra). But Mitrānanda advocates about nine types of pratyayas.

3) Prastāra (प्रस्तार) is the name of a work ascribed to Rāmasvāmi Dīkṣita (father of Śivasūrya) related to the topics of Sanskrit prosody (chandas) but having an unknown period of composition.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Prastāra (प्रस्तार) refers to one of the five limbs (aṅga) belonging to Aḍḍitā type of song (dhruvā) defined in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 32.9-16. Accordingly, “depending on different conditions, the dhruvās are known to be of five classes”.

Prastāra (प्रवृत्त) also refers to one of the two limbs (aṅga) belonging to Antarā type of song (dhruvā).

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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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Prastāra (प्रस्तार) or Prastārāgama refers to one of upāgamas (supplementary scriptures) of the Vīrāgama which is one of the twenty-eight Siddhāntāgama: a classification of the Śaiva division of Śaivāgamas. The Śaivāgamas represent the wisdom that has come down from lord Śiva, received by Pārvatī and accepted by Viṣṇu. The purpose of revealing upāgamas (eg., Prastāra Āgama) is to explain more elaborately than that of mūlāgamas (eg., Vīra-āgama) and to include any new idea if not dealt in mūlāgamas.

Source: Shodhganga: Iconographical representations of Śiva
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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Prastara (प्रस्तर) refers to “stones” 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 [viz., Prastara], jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees 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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Prastāra (प्रस्तार) participated in the war between Rāma and Rāvaṇa, on the side of the latter, as mentioned in Svayambhūdeva’s Paumacariu (Padmacarita, Paumacariya or Rāmāyaṇapurāṇa) chapter 57ff. Svayambhū or Svayambhūdeva (8th or 9th century) was a Jain householder who probably lived in Karnataka. His work recounts the popular Rāma story as known from the older work Rāmāyaṇa (written by Vālmīki). Various chapters [mentioning Prastāra] are dedicated to the humongous battle whose armies (known as akṣauhiṇīs) consisted of millions of soldiers, horses and elephants, etc.

Source: archive.org: Een Kritische Studie Van Svayambhūdeva’s Paümacariu
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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prastāra (प्रस्तार).—m (S Commonly prasāra) Spreading or spread state. 2 In arithmetic. Combination.

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

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Prastara (प्रस्तर).—

1) A couch of leaves and flowers.

2) A couch or bed in general; इष्टकाप्रस्तरे चैव कण्टकप्रस्तरे तथा (iṣṭakāprastare caiva kaṇṭakaprastare tathā) (śayanam) Mb.12.33.1.

3) A flat surface or top, level, plain.

4) A stone, rock; पर्वतप्रतिमं भाति पर्वतप्रस्तराश्रितम् (parvatapratimaṃ bhāti parvataprastarāśritam) Mb.3.142.16.

5) A precious stone, gem.

6) A paragraph, section of a work.

7) A handful of darbha grass.

Derivable forms: prastaraḥ (प्रस्तरः).

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Prastāra (प्रस्तार).—

1) Strewing, spreading out, covering with.

2) A bed of leaves and flowers.

3) A bed or couch in general.

4) A flat surface, level, plain.

5) A thicket, wood.

6) (In prosody) A tabular representation of the long and short vowels of a metre with all possible varieties.

7) A process in preparing minerals.

8) A flight of steps (leading down to water; Mar. ghāṭa); मणिप्रवालप्रस्तारम् (maṇipravālaprastāram) Mb.3.145.5.

Derivable forms: prastāraḥ (प्रस्तारः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Prastara (प्रस्तर).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A stone or rock. 2. A jewel, a precious stone. 3. A couch, made of flowers or grass. 4. Any bed or couch. 5. A flat, a level, a surface. 6. A tabular form of representing the long and short vowels of poetical metre. 7. Notation of music. 8. A handful or bundle of Kusa grass used at sacrifices. E. pra before, stṛ to spread, aff. ac .

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Prastāra (प्रस्तार).—m.

(-raḥ) 1. A jungle, a thicket or wood, overgrown with grass. 2. Covering, spreading. 3. A bed made with blossoms, leaves, &c. 4. Any bed or couch. 5. A flat surface, a plain. 6. Representation of the long and short vowels of a metre and its possible varieties, (in prosody.) E. pra before, stṛ to spread, aff. ghañ .

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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