Sankarshana, aka: Saṅkarṣaṇa; 8 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Saṅkarṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Sankarsana or Sankarshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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The stone known as Sankarshana, is of a red colour, has two ring-like marks around its mouth or lateral aperture and has the mark of a lotus on its eastern side.

Source: The Garuda puranam

Saṅkarṣaṇa (सङ्कर्षण).—Balabhadra Rāma. (To know about the derivation of the name see under Balabhadra Rāma).

Source: Puranic Encyclopaedia

1a) Saṅkarṣaṇa (सङ्कर्षण).—The fourth form of Hari worshipped by Śiva in Ilāvṛta; another name of Ananta; the ruler of Ahamkāra. A god of one thousand heads presiding over bhūtas; by his fire was burnt the three worlds; his greatness; mantra in honour of; Lord of serpents.1 Kṛṣṇa, one of the vaṃśavīras.2

  • 1) Bhā I. 5. 37: V. 17. 16: 25. 1: IV. 24. 35: III. 26. 25: 19. 29. V. 25 (whole) VI. 15. 27-8: 16. 18: Matsya-purāṇa 2. 5: 93. 51: 248. 47: 276. 8.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 36. 51: 72. 1: Vā 97. 1: 111. 21.

1b) Balarāma and Balabhadra;1 the seventh conception of Devakī, transferred to Roḥiṇī; a portion of Śeṣa, an aṃśa of God Viṣṇu; a great hero, white in complexion, like a mountain in size.2 killed Dhenuka;3 killed Pralamba;4 taught the bhāgavata to Sanatkumāra.5

  • 1) Bhā X. 2. 13: 8. 12: 15. 10: 40. 21: 41. 39: 50. 12: 89. 31, 33: Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 15. 29: V. 18. 58: 37. 25.
  • 2) Ib. V. 1. 73-6: Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 24. 54, 60:
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 8. 5.
  • 4) Ib. V. 9. 16.
  • 5) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 8. 3.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Sankarṣaṇa (सङ्कर्षण, “He who draws others near him”):—One of the twenty-four forms of Viṣṇu through which Nārāyaṇa manifests himself. He is accompanied by a counterpart emanation of Lakṣmī (an aspect of Devī) who goes by the name Sarasvatī.

Source: Wisdom Library: Pāñcarātra

Saṅkarṣaṇa—with this vyūha the "non pure" creation becomes dimly manifest like an embryo without internal distinctions. The guṇa concerned is bala, (omnipotence). Balarama is connected with this aspect, also described as "Aśeṣa", "bhuvana ādhāra" (the support of the universe Ananta Śeṣa).

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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saṅkarṣaṇa (संकर्षण).—n S Drawing, pulling, attracting. 2 Ploughing.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

saṅkarṣaṇa (संकर्षण).—n Drawing, attracting. Ploughing.

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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Saṅkarṣaṇa (सङ्कर्षण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) 1. Attracting, drawing. 2. Ploughing, making furrows, &c. m.

(-ṇaḥ) Baladeva. E. sam before kṛṣ to plough, &c., aff. yuc or lyuṭ. As applied to the demi-god it referes to his removal in embryo from the womb of Devaki to that of Rohini.

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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