Prishtabhidhayin, Pṛṣṭābhidhāyin: 3 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Pṛṣṭābhidhāyin can be transliterated into English as Prstabhidhayin or Prishtabhidhayin, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Prishtabhidhayin in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Pṛṣṭābhidhāyin (पृष्टाभिधायिन्) refers to “one who is a capable of solving any difficulties” [?], representing a desirable characteristic of an astrologer (Jyotiṣa), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 2), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “We shall now proceed to give a brief description of (the qualifications of) a jyotiṣaka. [...] He must be of cleanly habits, able, noble-minded, eloquent and of originality and imagination; must possess a knowledge of place and time; be meek and without nervousness, must be difficult of conquest by his fellow students; must be able and devoid of vices; must be learned in matters of expiatory ceremonies, of Hygiene, of Occult Magic and of ablutions; must be a worshipper of the Devas and an observer of fast and penance; must be of remarkable genius and capable of solving any difficulties [i.e., pṛṣṭābhidhāyin] save in matters of direct divine interference; and finally, he must be learned in astronomy, natural astrology (Saṃhitā) and horoscopy”.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Prishtabhidhayin in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pṛṣṭābhidhāyin (पृष्टाभिधायिन्):—[from pṛṣṭa] mfn. answering when asked id est. not puzzled how to answer an inquiry, [Varāha-mihira]

[Sanskrit to German]

Prishtabhidhayin 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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