Pratisamvatsara, Prati-samvatsara, Pratisaṃvatsara: 1 definition


Pratisamvatsara 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

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Source: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

Pratisamvatsara (प्रतिसम्वत्सर) refers to “routine festivals” representing one of the three kinds of festivals (utsava), as discussed in the twentieth chapter of the Aniruddhasaṃhitā, an ancient Pāñcarātra Āgama text dealing with the annual festivals of temples and regular temple worship routines.—Description of the chapter [dhvaja-ārohaṇa-vidhi]: [...] Description of the chapter [dhvajārohaṇavidhi]: Definition of the word utsava is given (1), and there are three kinds—occasional [naimittika], optional [kāmya] and routine [pratisamvatsara, or māsika]. Certain occasions call for a festival, but not all of these call for a flag to be raised in the temple precincts (3-19). The detailed preparations preliminary to the flag-hoisting ceremony are given : preparing mud vessels (20-34), readying and sanctifying the cloth for the flag (35-70), [...].

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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