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Puṃścalī, aka: Pumshcali; 3 Definition(s)


Puṃścalī means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Puṃścalī can be transliterated into English as Pumshcali or Pumscali, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmaśāstra (religious law)

Puṃścalī (पुंश्चली) is a Sanskrit word referring to an “unchaste woman”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 4.211)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

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Dharmaśāstra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharma-shastra) is a category of Hindu literature containing important instructions regarding religious law, ethics, economics, jurisprudence and more. It is categorised as smṛti, an important and authorative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.


Puṃścalī (पुंश्चली).—A class of women who came from the mouth of Asura Bala when he yawned*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 24. 16.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

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The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

General definition (in Hinduism)

Puṃścalī (पुंश्चली) is a Sanskrit word referring to a harlot, or unchaste woman.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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