Shodashi, Ṣoḍaśī, Ṣoḍaśi: 8 definitions
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The Sanskrit terms Ṣoḍaśī and Ṣoḍaśi can be transliterated into English as Sodasi or Shodashi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Red Zambala: The 10 Great Wisdom Goddesses
Ṣoḍaśī (“the girl-of-sixteen”) rules over all that is perfect, complete, beautiful. Ṣoḍaśī, the power of Śiva as the ruler of the three worlds, is, according to the Ṣoḍaśī-tantra, identified with the Tripura-Sundarī (“beauty-of-the-three-cities”), said to be the light radiating from the three eyes of Śiva to illumine the worlds. Hence she is “the Girl-of-Sixteen in whom the three forms of light unite.”
As a form of the eternal night, Ṣoḍaśī is Divya-rātri (“the divine-night”), the night of perfection.
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
1a) Ṣoḍaśi (षोडशि).—Born from the eastern face of Brahmā.*
- * Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 12. 40.
1b) The waxing and waning of the moon.*
- * Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 70.
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.
Dharmashastra (religious law)Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)
Ṣoḍaśī (षोडशी) refers to one of the seven Somasaṃsthās or Somayajñas (groups of seven sacrifices).—Hārīta says: “Let a man offer the Pākayajñas always, always also the Haviryajñas, and the Somayajñas (Soma sacrifices), according to rule, if he wishes for eternal merit”.—The object of these sacrifices [viz., Ṣoḍaśī] is eternal happiness, and hence they have to be performed during life at certain seasons, without any special occasion (nimitta), and without any special object (kāma). According to most authorities, however, they have to be performed during thirty years only. After that the Agnihotra only has to be kept up.
Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.
India history and geographySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
Śoḍaśī.—(SII 4), name of a coin which may have been (1/16) of the standard coin in weight or value; cf. paṇa. Note: śoḍaśī is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
See also (synonyms): Śoḍaśikā.
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Ṣoḍaśī.—also called ṣoḍaśikā; probably, one-sixteenth of the standard silver coin in weight or value; cf. paṇa. Note: ṣoḍaśī is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.
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.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum
Ṣoḍaśī (षोडशी) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[dharma] L.. 595.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Ṣoḍaśī (षोडशी):—[=ṣo-ḍaśī] [from ṣo-ḍaśa > ṣaṣ] f. having the length of the 16th of a man (said of a brick), [Śulba-sūtra]
2) [v.s. ...] Name of one of the ten Mahā-vidyās (also [plural]), [Pañcarātra; Catalogue(s)]
3) [v.s. ...] one of the 12 forms of Durgā called Mahā-vidyā, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]
4) Ṣoḍaśi (षोडशि):—[from ṣaṣ] in [compound] for ḍaśin.
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.
Hindi dictionarySource: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary
Ṣoḍaśī (षोडशी):—(nf) a girl of sixteen years of age, a girl in the prime of youth.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
1) [noun] a kind of religious sacrifice.
2) [noun] a kind of sacrificial vessel used in this sacrifice.
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Ṣōḍaśi (ಷೋಡಶಿ):—[noun] a girl of sixteen years age.
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Soḍasi (ಸೊಡಸಿ):—[noun] (arch.) a unit of measure.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
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