Prokshanipatra, Prokṣaṇīpātra, Prokshani-patra: 2 definitions

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Prokshanipatra 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.

The Sanskrit term Prokṣaṇīpātra can be transliterated into English as Proksanipatra or Prokshanipatra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

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Source: JSTOR: Tāntric Dīkṣā by Surya Kanta

Prokṣaṇīpātra (प्रोक्षणीपात्र) refers to a “vessel for sprinkling water” and represents one of the rites performed one day before Dīkṣā: an important ritual of Śāktism described in the Śāradātilaka-tantra, chapters III-V.—“... Next, he should empty the prokṣaṇīpātra and fill it again. The maṇḍala is worshipped with scent and flowers. It is decorated with rice, flowers and darbha grass. Over these the teacher places a brush and akṣita rice. Then ho worships the following deities. (1) Ādhāra-śakti holding two lotuses. (2) Blue tortoiso seated on her head; (3) Ananta seated on Brahma-śilā and white like a kunda-flower (4) Cakra-dhara supporting the earth on his head, and (5) Vasumatī dark like a tamāla-leaf, holding a blue lotus and shining with her ocean-like girdle. This is followed by a very complicated worship.”

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (P) next»] — Prokshanipatra in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Prokṣaṇīpātra (प्रोक्षणीपात्र).—n.

(-traṃ) A vessel for sprinkling water, &c. E. prokṣaṇa, and pātra a vessel, cvi aff.

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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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