Purvapashcima, Pūrvapaścima, Purva-pashcima: 6 definitions


Purvapashcima means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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 Pūrvapaścima can be transliterated into English as Purvapascima or Purvapashcima, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Purvapashchima.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

[«previous next»] — Purvapashcima in Shaktism glossary
Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Pūrvapaścima (पूर्वपश्चिम) refers to “(that which extends) east and west”, according to the Brahmayāmala verse 57.55.—Accordingly, “Having first fashioned a circular, auspicious area of two hands, (breadth extending) east and west [i.e., pūrvapaścima], and having first divided it in half with a thread, the circular maṇḍala is in three parts”.

2) Pūrvapaścima (पूर्वपश्चिम) refers to the “prior and subsequent (division)” (of the six authorities), according to the Kularatnoddyota verse 1.30-35ab.—Accordingly, “[...] And that also, O fair lady, consisting of six authorities, is two-fold, divided into prior and subsequent (pūrvapaścima-bheda). O most excellent daughter of the mountains, this Kula has six modalities, namely, Ānanda, Āvali, Prabhu and Yogin, in due order, (along with) Atīta, and the one called Pāda. Such is the Kula tradition characterized by supreme non-duality”.

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Purvapashcima in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Pūrvapaścima (पूर्वपश्चिम) refers to the “eastern and western (oceans)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.42 (“Description of the meeting of the Lord and the Mountain”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] On seeing the army of the gods Himavat was struck with wonder. Considering himself blessed he appeared in front of them. The gods too were struck with wonder on seeing his army. The gods and the mountains became delighted. The vast army of the mountains and the gods, O sage, on coming together shone like the eastern and western oceans (pūrvapaścima-sāgara) in juxtaposition. [...]”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Purvapashcima in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pūrvapaścima (पूर्वपश्चिम).—a (S) That lies east and west.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Purvapashcima in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pūrvapaścima (पूर्वपश्चिम).—ind. from the east to the west.

Pūrvapaścima is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms pūrva and paścima (पश्चिम). See also (synonyms): pūrvapaścāt.

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

Pūrvapaścima (पूर्वपश्चिम):—[=pūrva-paścima] [from pūrva] mf(ā)n. directed from the east to the west, [Sūryasiddhānta]

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Purvapashcima 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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