Samsthana, aka: Saṃsthāna; 8 Definition(s)


Samsthana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, Marathi. 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

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Saṃsthāna (संस्थान).—A region in India mentioned in the Purāṇas. Armies from this region protected Bhīṣma during the great war. (Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 51).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Saṃsthāna (संस्थान) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Saṃsthāna) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Saṃsthāna (संस्थान, “shape”) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra 5.24.—“Sound (śabda), union (bandha), fineness (saukṣmya), grossness (sthaulya), shape (saṃsthāna), division (bheda), darkness (tamas or andhakāra), image (chāya or chāyā), warm light (sunshine) (ātapa) and cool light (moonlight) (udyota) also (are forms of matter)”.

How many types of shape (saṃsthāna) are there? It is of two types namely that which can be defined and the other which cannot be defined.What is meant by shape that can be defined? Shapes like triangle, circular, rectangular etc which can be defined. What is meant by shapes which cannot be defined? Shapes, like those of clouds, which keep on changing and impossible to be described /defined.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 5: The category of the non-living

Saṃsthāna (संस्थान) refers to “structure karma” and represents one of the various kinds of Nāma, or “physique-making (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. What is meant by structure (saṃsthāna) body-making (nāma) karma? The karmas rise of which causes the structure of the body accomplished are called structure body-making karma.

The structure (saṃsthāna) body-making karma is of six types namely:

  1. perfectly symmetrical body (samacaturasra),
  2. the upper part symmetrical alone (nyagrodhaparimaṃdala),
  3. the lower part alone symmetrical (svāti),
  4. dwarf (vāmana),
  5. hunchbacked body (kubjaka),
  6. deformed body (huṇḍaka). 
Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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saṃsthāna (संस्थान).—n (S) A royal city or town. 2 A town or place favored by the occasional manifestations of any god, by the residence there of saints and sages, of learned doctors &c.: also a town appointed for the residence and made over for the maintenance of a god, saint &c.: also a seat of the occurrence or existence of any event or being considered as demanding religious commemoration, observance, veneration &c. 3 Revenue applied to the support of such places.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

saṃsthāna (संस्थान).—n A royal city or town.

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

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Saṃsthāna (संस्थान).—1 A collection, heap, quantity.

2) The aggregation of primary atoms.

3) Configuration, position; आकृतिरवयवसंस्थानविशेषः (ākṛtiravayavasaṃsthānaviśeṣaḥ).

4) Form, figure, appearance, shape; स्त्रीसंस्थानं चाप्सरस्तीर्थमारादुत्क्षिप्यैनां ज्योतिरेकं जगाम (strīsaṃsthānaṃ cāpsarastīrthamārādutkṣipyaināṃ jyotirekaṃ jagāma) Ś.5.3; Ms.9.261; काचित् पुरुषवत् कृत्वा गतिं संस्था- नमेव च (kācit puruṣavat kṛtvā gatiṃ saṃsthā- nameva ca) Bu. Ch.4.42; Dk.2.3.

5) Construction, formation; यस्यावयवसंस्थानैः कल्पितो लोकविस्तरः (yasyāvayavasaṃsthānaiḥ kalpito lokavistaraḥ) Bhāg.1.3.3.

6) Vicinity.

7) Common place of abode.

8) Situation, position.

9) Any place or station.

1) A place where four roads meet; संस्थानेषु च सर्वेषु पुरेषु नगरेषु च (saṃsthāneṣu ca sarveṣu pureṣu nagareṣu ca) Mb.12.69. 7.

11) A mark, sign, characteristic sign.

12) Death.

13) The business of upkeeping the Government; व्यवहारसंस्थानम् (vyavahārasaṃsthānam) Kau. A.2.7.

14) A part, division; षट्पदं नवसंस्थानं निवेशं चक्रिरे द्विजाः (ṣaṭpadaṃ navasaṃsthānaṃ niveśaṃ cakrire dvijāḥ) Mb.14.64.1. (v. l.).

15) Beauty, splendour.

16) The system of disease. -a. Immovable (sthāvara); विज्ञातश्चासि लोकेषु त्रिषु संस्थानचारिषु (vijñātaścāsi lokeṣu triṣu saṃsthānacāriṣu) Mb.3.217.13. (com. saṃsthānacāriṣu sthāvarajaṅgameṣu).

Derivable forms: saṃsthānam (संस्थानम्).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saṃsthāna (संस्थान).—mfn.

(-naḥ-nā-naṃ) Like, resembling. n.

(-naṃ) 1. Form, figure, shape. 2. Death, dying. 3. Fabrication, construction. 4. A place where four roads meet. 5. Any place. 6. A mark, a spot, a sign. 7. A heap, a quantity. 8. Primary formation, the aggrigation of the primitive atoms. 9. A vicinity, a neighbourhood, a common place of abode. 10. Configuration. 11. Position, (in Vedanta philosophy.) E. sam before ṣṭhā to stay or stand, aff. lyuṭ .

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