Pravahaka, Pravāhaka: 8 definitions


Pravahaka 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

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Pravahaka in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Pravāhaka (प्रवाहक) [=pravāhakī, pra-vāhaka?] refers to “one who transports”, according to the Jayadrathayāmala: one of the earliest and most extensive Tantric sources of the Kālīkrama system.—Accordingly, as Bhairava teaches the Goddess about his inner state: “[...] (She is) Kālī who generates (kalanī) time, who causes (all the states of consciousness) from the Fourth onwards to unfold. As she drags (all time) properly (into her own Voidness), she is said to be the One Who Drags—Saṃkarṣaṇī. As she drags (out) the supreme place (sthāna) in the Void from (her own) body and if one stimulates (consciousness) (pīḍayet) (she) awakens, so she is said to be the One Who Drags—Saṃkarṣaṇī. As she abides as the Void and transports the breath of inhalation and exhalation [i.e., prāṇāpāna-pravāhakī] and resides in the End of the Twelve, she is said to be the supreme Kālī. As she measures out time, Kālī is the (true) deity”.—(cf. Kandacakra, Kālabhakṣaṇī)

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Pravāhaka (प्रवाहक).—a. Carrying off or forward.

-kaḥ A goblin, an imp.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pravāhaka (प्रवाहक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) Who or what bears or carries well. m.

(-kaḥ) An imp, a goblin. f.

(-hikā) Diarrhœa. E. pra before, vah to bear, aff. ṇvul .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pravāhaka (प्रवाहक).—i. e. pra-vah + aka, I. adj. Who or what carries well. Ii. m. A demon. Iii. f. hikā, Diarrhœa.

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

1) Pravāhaka (प्रवाहक):—[=pra-vāhaka] [from pra-vāha > pra-vah] mfn. carrying forwards, bearing or carrying well, [Horace H. Wilson]

2) [v.s. ...] m. a Rākṣasa, imp, goblin (also ika), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pravāhaka (प्रवाहक):—[pra-vāhaka] (kaḥ-kā-kaṃ) a. Bearing. m. An imp. f. (hikā) Diarrhoea.

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Pravahaka 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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