Upasparshana, Upasparśana: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Upasparśana can be transliterated into English as Upasparsana or Upasparshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Upasparśana (उपस्पर्शन) refers to “bathing”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 6.24)

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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.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Upasparśana (उपस्पर्शन).—

1) Touching, contact.

2) Bathing, ablution, washing oneself; Mb.12.192.1.

3) Rinsing the mouth, sipping and ejecting water as a religious act. त्रिर्हृदयंगमाभिरद्भिरशब्दाभिरुपस्पृशेदित्युपस्पर्शनं शौचार्थम् (trirhṛdayaṃgamābhiradbhiraśabdābhirupaspṛśedityupasparśanaṃ śaucārtham) Mahābhārata VI.1.84.

4) A gift (dāna); उपस्पर्शनषड्भागं लभते पुरुषः सदा (upasparśanaṣaḍbhāgaṃ labhate puruṣaḥ sadā) Mb.13.65.13.

Derivable forms: upasparśanam (उपस्पर्शनम्).

See also (synonyms): upasparśa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Upasparśana (उपस्पर्शन).—n.

(-naṃ) See the preceding.

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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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