Pratisamcara, Pratisaṃcara: 6 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Pratisamchara.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Pratisamcara in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pratisaṃcara (प्रतिसंचर).—(pralaya) or deluge of all creatures, three kinds: naimittika, prākṛtika and ātyantika;1 the viṣṇu purāṇa adds a fourth kind—nitya also called dainandini.2

  • 1) Vāyu-purāṇa 100. 132; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 2. 25; 3. 22-5.
  • 2) Ib. I. 7. 41-4; VI. 3. 1-3; 4. 7; 8. 1.
Source: Shodhganga: The saurapurana - a critical study

Pratisaṃcara (प्रतिसंचर) is another name for Pratisarga (“creation or evolution of the Universe”), representing one of the various aspects of the Pañcalakṣaṇa definition of Purāṇas, according to Amarakoṣa: the famous Sanskrit lexicon of the 5th Century A.D.—Accordingly, the Purāṇas are supposed to contain theories about [viz., pratisarga (recreation of the universe after its periodic dissolution)].—In the Saurapurāṇa, pratisarga is also termed as pratisañcara (pratisaṃcara) and pralaya.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Pratisamcara in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pratisaṃcara (प्रतिसंचर).—

1) Moving backwards.

2) Reabsorption.

3) Especially, reabsorption (of the world) back into Prakṛti.

4) A place or resort, haunt.

Derivable forms: pratisaṃcaraḥ (प्रतिसंचरः).

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

1) Pratisaṃcara (प्रतिसंचर):—[=prati-saṃcara] [from pratisaṃ-car] m. going or moving backwards (a-pr), [Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] re-absorption or resolution (back again into Prakṛti), [Śaṃkarācārya; Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] that into which anything is re-absorbed or resolved, [Mahābhārata]

4) [v.s. ...] a place of resort, haunt, [ib.]

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Pratisamcara 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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