Prasthala, Prasthalā: 5 definitions

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Prasthala means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Prasthala in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Prasthalā (प्रस्थला).—The palace of Suśarmā. (See under Suśarmā).

2) Prasthala (प्रस्थल).—A greatly condemned place. (Śloka 47, Chapter 44, Karṇa Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Prasthala (प्रस्थल).—A son of Tāmasa Manu.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 49.

1b) A tribe: a northern kingdom.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 16. 50; Vāyu-purāṇa 45. 119; Matsya-purāṇa 144. 43.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Prasthala (प्रस्थल) is the name of an ancient country, kingdom or tribe of people, according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 16) (“On the planets—graha-bhaktiyoga”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “[...] Venus presides over the town of Takṣaśīlā, the countries of Mārttīkāvata, Bahugiri, Gāndhāra, Puṣkalāvataka, Prasthala, Mālvā, Kaikaya, Dāśārṇa, Uśīnara and Śibi; over the people living on the banks of the Vitastā, the Irāvatī and the Candrabhāgā; over chariots, silver mines, elephants, horses, elephant drivers and rich men; [...]”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit 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 (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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