Vaikakshaka, Vaikakṣaka: 3 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Vaikakṣaka can be transliterated into English as Vaikaksaka or Vaikakshaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Vākāṭakas

Vaikakṣaka (वैकक्षक) refers to a particular type of wearing the uttarīya (upper garment), commonly worn during the reign of the Vākāṭakas (mid-3rd century CE).—Ajaṇṭā paintings give us a clear idea of the costume and jewellery worn by men and women in Vidarbha in the age of the Vākāṭakas. Most of them are shown dressed in a short antarīyaka or lower garment. As it did not cover the knees, it was called ardhoruka. [...]  Men usually wore an upper garment (uttarīya) which, like the sacred thread, went over the left shoulder and below the right arm pit. This mode of wearing it kept the right arm free for movement. In some paintings the uttarīya is seen turned over on the left shoulder. Some persons used to fold it and wore it as a vaikakṣaka across their breast. Some others took a long cloth and used it both as a lower and an upper garment. In some cases we find the uttarīya worn over a long-sleeved coat.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vaikakṣaka (वैकक्षक).—A garland worn over the left shoulder and under the right arm like the यज्ञोपवीत (yajñopavīta) q. v.); वैकक्षिकी कृतोद्दामफलकोद्योतिताम्बरम् (vaikakṣikī kṛtoddāmaphalakodyotitāmbaram) Śiva B.29.22.

Derivable forms: vaikakṣakam (वैकक्षकम्).

See also (synonyms): vaikakṣika.

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

Vaikakṣaka (वैकक्षक).—n.

(-kaṃ) A garland or string of flowers worn as a scarf or like the sacrificial cord, over the left shoulder and under the right arm, hanging down below the hip. E. kan added to the last; also as de rived from vi and kakṣa with ṭhak aff. vaikakṣika n. (-kaṃ) .

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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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