Rajasana, Rājāsana, Rajan-asana, Rajashana: 12 definitions


Rajasana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Yoga

Rājāsana (राजासन) is one of the eighty-four āsanas (postures) taught by Śiva, according to the Haṭharatnāvalī 3.7-20. It is said that Ādinātha (Śiva) hand-picked 84 yoga postures from 84,00,000 living beings and taught them for the purpose of introducing physical health and well-being to the human body. The compound rājāsana translates to rājan (king) and āsana (posture).

The 17th-century Haṭharatnāvalī is a Sanskrit reference book dealing with these āsanas (e.g., rājāsana) which form a major constituent of the haṭhayoga practice. It was written by Śrīnivāsa.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: De Gruyter: A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture

Rājāsana (राजासन) refers to “being seated on a (Nāga) king”, according to the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja, an ancient Buddhist ritual manual on agriculture from the 5th-century (or earlier), containing various instructions for the Sangha to provide agriculture-related services to laypeople including rain-making, weather control and crop protection.—Accordingly, [as the Bhagavān teaches an offering manual]: “A wax Garuḍa should be made. It should be eight aṅgulas by measure, seated cross-legged, with the wings opened. It should be seated on a Nāga king (nāga-rājāsana). The serpent is nine-headed and crowned”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

rājāsana (राजासन).—n (S Seat of a king.) A throne.

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

rājāsana (राजासन).—n A throne.

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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

Rājāsana (राजासन).—a throne.

Derivable forms: rājāsanam (राजासनम्).

Rājāsana is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rājan and āsana (आसन).

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

Rājaśaṇa (राजशण).—m.

(-ṇaḥ) A plant, from the fibres of which a coarse cordage and canvas are prepared, (Corchorus capsularis or olitorius.) E. rāja royal, and śaṇa Crotolaria. “pāṭa gācha” iti bhāṣā .

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

Rājāsana (राजासन).—[neuter] royal seat, throne.

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

1) Rājaśaṇa (राजशण):—[=rāja-śaṇa] [from rāja > rāj] m. Corchorus Olitorius (from the fibres of which a coarse cordage and canvas are prepared), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Rājāsana (राजासन):—[from rāja > rāj] n. a royal seat, throne, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa]

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

Rājaśana (राजशन):—[rāja-śana] (naḥ) 1. m. A plant from which canvass is made.

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Rajasana 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

Rājāsana (राजासन):—(nm) royal throne/seat.

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