Pustaka: 20 definitions

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Pustaka means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu 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: Sarasvatī: Riverine Goddess of Knowledge (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: Red Zambala: Hindu Icons and Symbols | Devi

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 | Introduction

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

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Pustaka (पुस्तक, “book”) refers to one of the several “attributes” (āyudha) or “accessories” of a detiy commonly seen depicted in Hindu iconography, defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The śilpa texts have classified the various accessories under the broad heading of āyudha or karuvi (implement), including even flowers, animals, and musical instruments. Certain utensils and other objects that are commonly found in the hands of the images are, for example Pustaka.

Pustaka means a book. It is made up either of palm leaves or of paper. In older sculptures it is always a palm leaf book that is represented as being held in the hand by Brahmā and other deities.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śāktism

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: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Pustaka (पुस्तक) refers to “books”, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “[...] Practice Yoga [i.e., yogābhyāsa] in the sphere of the Supreme Syllable. The thread (sūtra) of the Supreme Syllable is the heart that fulfils all desires. He who, established in the venerable (goddess) Kujā, knows (this) is liberated from the bondage of birth. (Perfect) contemplation (samādhi) is with (these) sixteen aspects and is (attained) within the form of the sixfold deposition (ṣoḍhānyāsa). He who knows this is (a veritable) Lord of Yogis, the others (who do not) are (just) quoting from books [i.e., pustaka-vācaka]. Once attained the plane that is Void and Non-void, the yogi is freed from bondage”.

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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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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Pustaka.—cf. Tamil pottagam (SITI); register, as of land and revenue. Note: pustaka is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and 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 Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

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

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Pustaka (पुस्तक).—

1) A book, manuscript.

2) A protuberant ornament, boss.

-āgāram a library.

-āstaraṇam The wrapper of a manuscript; Hch.

-mudrā a kind of mudrā mentioned in Tantraśāstra; वाममुष्टिं स्वाभिमुखीं कृत्वा पुस्तकमुद्रिका (vāmamuṣṭiṃ svābhimukhīṃ kṛtvā pustakamudrikā).

-pustikāpūlikaḥ a collection of manuscripts; Hch.3.

Derivable forms: pustakaḥ (पुस्तकः), pustakam (पुस्तकम्).

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

Pustaka (पुस्तक).—nf. (-kaṃ-kī) A book, a manuscript. E. kan added to the last.

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

Pustaka (पुस्तक).—[pusta + ka], m. and n. A book, a manuscript, [Pañcatantra] 127, 2.

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

Pustaka (पुस्तक).—[masculine] pustikā [feminine] the same.

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

1) Pustaka (पुस्तक):—[from pusta] m. or n. a protuberant ornament, boss (See below)

2) [v.s. ...] mf(ikā)n. a manuscript, book, booklet, [Harivaṃśa; Kāvya literature; Varāha-mihira etc.]

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

Pustaka (पुस्तक):—[(kaṃ-kī)] 1. n. 3. f. A book.

[Sanskrit to German]

Pustaka 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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Hindi dictionary

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Pustaka (पुस्तक) [Also spelled pustak]:—(nf) a book; ~[kakāra] writer/author of a book; ~[kīya] [jñāna] bookish knowledge.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Pustaka (ಪುಸ್ತಕ):—

1) [noun] a number of sheets of paper, parchment, etc. with writing or printing on them, fastened together along one edge, usu. between protective covers; a book.

2) [noun] (jain.) a class of jaina sages or mendicants.

3) [noun] ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಬದನೆಕಾಯಿ [pustakada badanekayi] pustakada badanekāyi knowledge got by mere book learning, lacking common sense, practicability or application to useful ends; ಪುಸ್ತಕದ ಹುಳು [pustakada hulu] pustakada huḷu = ಪುಸ್ತಕಕೀಟ [pustakakita]; ಪುಸ್ತಕ ನೋಡಿಸು [pustaka nodisu] pustaka nōdisu to get opened a page randomly in a sacred book and interpreted its content as if it would apply or would give a clue to the future event.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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