Saptamatri, Saptamātṛ, Sapta-matri: 5 definitions


Saptamatri means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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 Saptamātṛ can be transliterated into English as Saptamatr or Saptamatri, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Purāṇas

Saptamātṛ (सप्तमातृ) is another name for Saptamātṛkā, referring to a set of Seven Mothers (Goddesses).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Saptamātṛ (सप्तमातृ).—(SEVEN MOTHERS). General information. Saptamātṛs are the seven goddesses named Brahmāṇī, Vaiṣṇavī, Māheśvarī, Kaumārī, Vārāhī, Indrāṇī and Cāmuṇḍī. (See full article at Story of Saptamātṛ from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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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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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Sapta-mātṛ.—(EI 23), the seven Divine Mothers. Note: sapta-mātṛ is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Saptamātṛ (सप्तमातृ).—f. collective Name of seven mothers (i. e. brāhmī, māheśvarī, kaumārī, vaiṣṇavī, vārāhī, indrāṇī, and cāmuṇḍā).

Saptamātṛ is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms saptan and mātṛ (मातृ).

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

1) Saptamātṛ (सप्तमातृ):—[=sapta-mātṛ] [from sapta > saptan] mfn. (ta-) having 7 mothers, [Ṛg-veda]

2) [v.s. ...] f. collective Name of the 7 mothers, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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