Punyaha, aka: Puṇyāha, Punya-aha; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Puṇyāha (पुण्याह).—After a site is selected as suitable for construction, the sthapati offers a sacrifice, and causes the pronouncement of the formula of benediction, puṇyāha, “this is an auspicious day”, to the sounding of musical instruments. He repeatedly whispers a mantra. by which he requests the spirits, demons and gods who inhabit the site to leave and find their abode elsewhere. He then takes a pot, fills it with earth mixed with cowdung white reciting mantras, and sows seeds in it. This insemination of the soil is a preliminary step to aṅkurārpaṇa, “the ritual offering of seed and sprout”.

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra
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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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puṇyāha (पुण्याह).—n S A holy day.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

puṇyāha (पुण्याह).—n A holy day.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Puṇyāha (पुण्याह).—(for ahan) a happy or auspicious day; पुण्याहं भवन्तो ब्रुवन्तु । अस्तु पुण्याहम् (puṇyāhaṃ bhavanto bruvantu | astu puṇyāham); पुण्याहं व्रज मङ्गलं सुदिवसं प्रातः प्रयातस्य ते (puṇyāhaṃ vraja maṅgalaṃ sudivasaṃ prātaḥ prayātasya te) Amaru.61. °वाचन (vācana) repeating 'this is an auspicious day' three times at the commencement of most religious ceremonies.

Derivable forms: puṇyāham (पुण्याहम्).

Puṇyāha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms puṇya and aha (अह).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Puṇyāha (पुण्याह).—n.

(-haṃ) A holy day. E. puṇya holy, and ahan a day.

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