Pretapura, Preta-pura: 3 definitions


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In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: A Critical Study of the Vajraḍākamahātantrarāja (II)

Pretapura (प्रेतपुर) refers to one of the twenty-four sacred districts mentioned in the 9th century Vajraḍākatantra (chapter 18). These districts are not divided into subgroups, nor are explained their internal locations. They [viz., Pretapura] are external holy places, where the Tantric meting is held with native women who are identified as a native goddess. A similar system appears in the tradition of Hindu Tantrims, i.e., in the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22), which belongs to the Śākta sect or Śaivism.

Pretapura is presided over by the Goddess (Devī) named Piṅgalā accompanied by the Field-protector (Kṣetrapāla) named Mahājaṅgha. Their weapon possibly corresponds to the muṣala and their abode (residence) is mentioned as being the jaṭī-tree.

Note: Pretapura possibly corresponds to the Hastināpura of the Kubjikāmatatantra (chapter 22).

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (P) next»] — Pretapura in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pretapura (प्रेतपुर).—the city of Yama.

Derivable forms: pretapuram (प्रेतपुरम्).

Pretapura is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms preta and pura (पुर).

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

Pretapura (प्रेतपुर):—[=preta-pura] [from preta > pre] n. ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]) city of the d°, Yama’s abode.

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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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