Pushyamasa, Puṣyamāsa, Pushya-masa: 1 definition


Pushyamasa 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 Puṣyamāsa can be transliterated into English as Pusyamasa or Pushyamasa, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: archive.org: Catalogue of Pancaratra Agama Texts

1) Puṣyamāsa (पुष्यमास) or Puṣyamāsotsava refers to one of the special festivals (to be observed at specific times), as discussed in the twenty-third chapter of the Aniruddhasaṃhitā, an ancient Pāñcarātra Āgama text dealing with the annual festivals of temples and regular temple worship routines.—Description of the chapter [māsotsavavidhi]: In addition to the preceding chapter’s regular festivals, there are certain special festivals to be observed at other times. When and how these are to be observed are given: tulāsyāropaṇa, damanāropaṇa and campakāropaṇa (1-8); phalotsava (10b-26); paṅkajotsava (27-33); gandhotsava (34-44a); and puṣyamāsa-utsava (446-46).

2) Puṣyamāsa (पुष्यमास) or Puṣyamāsavrata is the name of a vow to be observed during the months of Uttarāyaṇa (i.e., “second half of the year”), as discussed in chapter 15 (Caryāpāda) of the Padmasaṃhitā: the most widely followed of Saṃhitā covering the entire range of concerns of Pāñcarātra doctrine and practice (i.e., the four-fold formulation of subject matter—jñāna, yoga, kriyā and caryā) consisting of roughly 9000 verses.—According to the chapter [vrata-anuṣṭhānakrama]: This chapter is divided into sections corresponding to the various months, and in each section the supererogatory activities customary to that month are given. [...] With pauṣa-month (January/February) begins the second half of the year (uttarāyaṇa), during which months certain vratas are to be done: puṣyamāsa-vrata (57b-58a), tilapadmavrata (58b-73a), śrīkāmavrata (73b-115a), ārogyakāmavrata (115b-119a), and dinapañcakavrata (1196-1212).

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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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