Samhriti, Saṃhṛti: 6 definitions


Samhriti 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 Saṃhṛti can be transliterated into English as Samhrti or Samhriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

Source: Wisdom Library: Lakṣmī-tantra

Saṃhṛti (संहृति, “the śakti of destruction”) is the fourth function of Nārāyaṇī (an epithet of Lakṣmī: Viṣṇu’s consort), according to the Lakṣmī-tantra (12.52-56)

These are the seven types of Saṃhṛti:

  1. Nityā-saṃhṛti,
  2. Naimittikī-saṃhṛti,
  3. Prākṛtī-saṃhṛti,
  4. Prāsūtī-saṃhṛti,
  5. Māyī-saṃhṛti,
  6. Śāktī-saṃhṛti,
  7. Ātyantikī-saṃhṛti.

The final saṃhṛti liberates the yogins by merging them within Lakṣmī. When that liberation takes place, the pious (votaries) exist only in their subtle boedies.

Pancaratra book cover
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Saṃhṛti (संहृति).—A Mantrakṛt of the Angirasa branch.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 98.
Purana book cover
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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saṃhṛti (संहृति).—f.

1) Contraction, compression.

2) Destruction, loss.

3) Taking, seizure.

4) Restraint.

5) Collection.

Derivable forms: saṃhṛtiḥ (संहृतिः).

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

Saṃhṛti (संहृति).—f.

(-tiḥ) 1. Destruction, loss, disappearance. 2. Contraction, abridgment. 3. Taking, seizure. 4. Connection. E. sam before hṛ to take, ktin aff.

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

1) Saṃhṛti (संहृति):—[=saṃ-hṛti] [from saṃ-hṛta > saṃ-hṛ] f. the destruction of the universe, [Mārkaṇḍeya-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] conclusion, end, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Sāhitya-darpaṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] the root hṛ with sam, [Śiśupāla-vadha]

4) [v.s. ...] contraction, abridgment, [Horace H. Wilson]

5) [v.s. ...] restraint, [ib.]

6) [v.s. ...] taking, seizure, [ib.]

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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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