Sahasrashas, Sahasraśas: 6 definitions

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Sahasrashas 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 Sahasraśas can be transliterated into English as Sahasrasas or Sahasrashas, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Sahasraśas (सहस्रशस्) refers to the “thousand ways” (viz., in which the sacrificial fire evinced its diverse forms), as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.27. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] once a great sacrifice was started by Dakṣa, [...] In that altar, sacrifice itself was present in its beautiful embodied form. The excellent sages became the holders of the Vedas. The sacrificial fire evinced its diverse forms in a thousand ways (sahasraśas), during the sacrificial festivities, in order to receive the sacrificial offerings of Dakṣa”.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Sahasraśas (सहस्रशस्).—ind. By thousands; तत्र मल्लाः समापेतुर्दिग्भ्यो राजन् सहस्रशः (tatra mallāḥ samāpeturdigbhyo rājan sahasraśaḥ) Mb.4.13.15.

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

Sahasraśas (सहस्रशस्).—Ind. By a thousand or thousands, thousand-fold. E. sahasra, śasi aff.

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

Sahasraśas (सहस्रशस्).—[sahasra + śas], adv. By a thousand, or thousands, [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 262; thousandfold.

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

Sahasraśas (सहस्रशस्).—[adverb] by thousands.

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Sāhasraśas (साहस्रशस्).—[adverb] in a thousand ways.

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

1) Sahasraśas (सहस्रशस्):—[=sahasra-śas] [from sahasra] ind. by thousands, [Atharva-veda]; etc.

2) Sāhasraśas (साहस्रशस्):—[=sāhasra-śas] [from sāhasra] ind. by th°, [Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

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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. 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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