Shakataksha, Śākaṭākṣa, Śakaṭākṣa, Shakata-aksha, Sakataksha: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Śākaṭākṣa and Śakaṭākṣa can be transliterated into English as Sakataksa or Shakataksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Sakaṭākṣa (सकटाक्ष) refers to “casting a side glance”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.46 (“The arrival of the bridegroom”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “[...] In the meantime the servant-maids in the harem of the mountain took Pārvatī out in order to worship the tutelar family deity. There the gods saw joyously with winkless eyes the bride of dark complexion like the collyrium, and fully bedecked in ornaments in every limb. With a side glance (sakaṭākṣa) she was respectfully looking at the three-eyed lord avoiding the eyes of others. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Śākaṭākṣa (शाकटाक्ष).—An ārṣeyapravara of (Bhārgava gotra).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 40.
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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»] — Shakataksha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Śakaṭākṣa (शकटाक्ष).—the axle of a cart.

Derivable forms: śakaṭākṣaḥ (शकटाक्षः).

Śakaṭākṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms śakaṭa and akṣa (अक्ष).

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

1) Śakaṭākṣa (शकटाक्ष):—[from śakaṭa] m. the axle of a cart, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

2) Sakaṭākṣa (सकटाक्ष):—[=sa-kaṭākṣa] [from sa-kaṭa > sa > sa-kaṅkaṭa] mfn. casting side glances (am ind.), [Mahābhārata]

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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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