Samakhyana, Samākhyāna: 5 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Samakhyana in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Samākhyāna (समाख्यान) refers to an “(auspicious) narrative”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.43.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] thus I have described the fascinating story of Satī (i.e., satīcaritra) to you which confers worldly pleasures and salvation, which is divine and bestows all wishes. [...] He who reads or teaches this auspicious narrative (i.e., samākhyāna) will attain salvation on death after enjoying all worldly pleasures”.

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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 dictionary

[«previous next»] — Samakhyana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Samākhyāna (समाख्यान).—

1) A name; समाख्यानं च तद्वत् (samākhyānaṃ ca tadvat) MS.5.3.31.

2) Report, narrative.

Derivable forms: samākhyānam (समाख्यानम्).

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

Samākhyāna (समाख्यान).—[neuter] = [preceding], communication, report, tale.

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

1) Samākhyāna (समाख्यान):—[=sam-ākhyāna] [from sam-ākhyā > samā-khyā] n. naming, mentioning, [Āpastamba; Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

2) [v.s. ...] report, narrative, [Mahābhārata]

3) [v.s. ...] appellation, name, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

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Samakhyana 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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