Tapoyajna, Tapoyajña, Tapas-yajna: 5 definitions


Tapoyajna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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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Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Tapoyajña (तपोयज्ञ) refers to the “sacrifice in the form of penance” and represents a type of karman (sacred rite), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.12:—“[...] no one shall transgress duties assigned to his caste. Charitable gifts (dāna) and sacred rites (karman) shall be performed to the extent of one’s capacity and affluence. The Tapoyajña (sacrifice in the form of penance) is far superior to thousands of Karmayajñas (ritualistic sacrifices). The Japayajña (sacrifice in the form of Japas) is far superior to thousands of Tapoyajñas (sacrifices in the form of penance)”.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Tapoyajña (तपोयज्ञ) refers to “sacrifice of performing austerities”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Tapoyajna in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Tapoyajña (तपोयज्ञ).—sacrificing by austerites; Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 4.28.

Derivable forms: tapoyajñaḥ (तपोयज्ञः).

Tapoyajña is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tapas and yajña (यज्ञ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Tapoyajña (तपोयज्ञ).—[adjective] having austerity as sacrifice.

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

Tapoyajña (तपोयज्ञ):—[=tapo-yajña] [from tapo > tap] mfn. sacrificing by austerities, [Bhagavad-gītā iv, 28.]

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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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