Upakhya, Upākhyā: 6 definitions


Upakhya 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)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Upākhya (उपाख्य) refers to an “epithet”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.4.3 (“The boyhood sports of Kārttikeya”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada: “Guha [i.e., Śiva’s son] took the spear and ascended the peak. He hit the peak with his spear and the peak fell down. [...] Then Indra struck his heart with his thunderbolt. Another person very powerful like him named (upākhya) Naigama came out. Then the four of great heroic strength including Skanda rushed to attack Indra. I offered my protection to Indra. [...]”.

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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

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upākhyā (उपाख्या).—2 P. To tell, narrate, relate, give an account of (with acc.). यथासीत्तदुपाख्यास्ये प्रश्नानन्यांश्च कृत्स्नशः (yathāsīttadupākhyāsye praśnānanyāṃśca kṛtsnaśaḥ) Bhāgavata 2.9.45.

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Upākhyā (उपाख्या).—

1) Observing with one's own eyes; द्वितीये चानुपाख्ये (dvitīye cānupākhye) P.VI.3.8 (upākhyāyate pratyakṣata upalabhyate).

2) Describing in words.

3) A secondary name, surname, epithet; कामं न्ययुङ्क्त सगणं स बदर्युपाख्यम् (kāmaṃ nyayuṅkta sagaṇaṃ sa badaryupākhyam) Bhāgavata 11.4.7.

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

1) Upakhyā (उपख्या):—[=upa-√khyā] [Passive voice] -khyāyate, to be seen or perceived, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa iv, 1, 2, 13.]

2) Upākhyā (उपाख्या):—[=upā-khyā] 1. upā-√khyā [Ātmanepada] ([future] 1. sg. -khyāsye) to give an account about (anything), relate, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa ii, 9, 45.]

3) Upākhya (उपाख्य):—[=upā-khya] [from upā-khyā] mfn. discernible, observable by the eye (cf. an-upā and nir-upā.)

4) Upākhyā (उपाख्या):—2. upākhyā f. ([from] ā-khyā with upa), a secondary name, surname, epithet, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa xi, 4, 7, etc.]

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Upākhyā (उपाख्या) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Uvakkhā.

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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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