Pustaka; 7 Definition(s)


Pustaka 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.

In Hinduism

Śilpaśāstra (iconography)

Pustaka (पुस्तक) means a book. It is made up either of palm leaves or of paper, the latter variety being, however, comparatively modern. In older sculptures it is always a palm leaf book that is represented as being held in the hand by Brahmā and other deities.

(Source): Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography

Pustaka (पुस्तक, “book”).—An object being held by the four-armed Sarasvatī;—The pustaka clearly belongs to the goddess of knowledge and is found in the earliest known image of Sarasvatī from about the third century C.E. The Viṣṇudharmottara-purāṇa says her hands (four in number) represents the Vedas, and her book, all Śāstras (scriptures).

(Source): Google Books: Sarasvatī: Riverine Goddess of Knowledge (iconography)

Pustaka (Book) - The sacred Scriptures and all forms of book learning and theoretical knowledge. In the modern context it would include computers and all other forms of visual and sound media as well.

(Source): Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Devi

Pustaka (Book) - The Vedas – sacred Scriptures and the formal learning of all sorts of knowledge and theory.

(Source): Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Introduction
Śilpaśāstra book cover
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Śilpaśāstra (शिल्पशास्त्र, shilpa-shastra) represents the ancient Indian science of creative arts such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vāstuśāstra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

Śāktism (Śākta philosophy)

Pustaka (पुस्तक, “book”).—One of the symbols that Sarasvatī is depicted as holding in one of her hands. It symbolizes all forms of learning and theoretical knowledge.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Śāktism
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Śākta (शाक्त, shakta) or Śāktism (shaktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devī) is revered and worshipped. Śākta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

pustaka (पुस्तक).—n (S) A book. pustakāṃvarūna ōḍhaṇēṃ To run over books cursorily; to be a superficial scholar or a smatterer.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

pustaka (पुस्तक).—A book. pustakāṃvaruna ōḍhaṇēṃ To run over books cursorily;to be a smatterer.

(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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