Purvacitti, Pūrvacitti: 8 definitions

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Purvacitti 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Purvachitti.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Purvacitti in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Pūrvacitti (पूर्वचित्ति).—A celebrated celestial maiden. She belongs to the group of six celebrated nymphs named Urvaśī, Pūrvacitti, Sahajanyā, Ghṛtācī, Viśvācī and Menakā. (Śloka 68, Chapter 74, Ādi Parva). Pūrvacitti was present for the Janmotsava of Arjuna. (Chapter 122, Ādi Parva). Once when Arjuna went to svarga Pūrvacitti and others danced in his honour. (Chapter 43, Vana Parva).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Pūrvacitti (पूर्वचित्ति).—A divine damsel sent by Brahmā to serve Agnīdhra as his spouse. After giving birth to nine sons she went back to Brahmā. Apsaras presiding over the month of Puṣya.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 2. 3-5, 19-20; XI. 16. 33; XII. 11. 42; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 23. 18; IV. 33. 19. Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 10. 14
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Devotees Vaishnavas: Śrī Garga Saṃhitā

Pūrvacitti (पूर्वचित्ति) is the name of an Apsarā, according to the Gargasaṃhitā chapter 6.3. Accordingly, “[...] by his mystic power he [viz., Raivata] traveled to Brahmaloka. His intention to ask for a proper husband for his daughter, he bowed before the demigod Brahmā. As the Apsarā Pūrvacitti was singing, he found his opportunity. [...]”.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Purvacitti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pūrvacitti (पूर्वचित्ति).—f. l. first thought. 2. the name of an Apsaras.

Pūrvacitti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pūrva and citti (चित्ति).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Pūrvacitti (पूर्वचित्ति).—[feminine] foreboding, presentiment, only [dative] forthwith, immediately.

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

1) Pūrvacitti (पूर्वचित्ति):—[=pūrva-citti] [from pūrva] f. (pūrva-) foreboding, presentiment (only [dative case] ‘at the first notice, forthwith’), [Ṛg-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] ([probably]) first notion or conception, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]

3) [v.s. ...] Name of an Apsaras, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa; Purāṇa]

4) [v.s. ...] ([probably]) [wrong reading] for -cita, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]

5) Pūrvacittī (पूर्वचित्ती):—[=pūrva-cittī] [from pūrva] ([Mahābhārata]) f. Name of an Apsaras = -citti.

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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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