Vicakshana, Vicakṣaṇa: 9 definitions


Vicakshana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

The Sanskrit term Vicakṣaṇa can be transliterated into English as Vicaksana or Vicakshana, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Vichakshana.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण) is the Sanskrit name of one of Bharata’s sons, mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra 1.26-33. After Brahmā created the Nāṭyaveda (nāṭyaśāstra), he ordered Bharata to teach the science to his (one hundred) sons. Bharata thus learned the Nāṭyaveda from Brahmā, and then made his sons study and learn its proper application. After their study, Bharata assigned his sons (eg., Vicakṣaṇa) various roles suitable to them.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण) is a Sanskrit word referring to “visible”, “radiant” or “perceptible”.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण).—a (S) Proficient, knowing, skilled in. 2 That investigates closely and shrewdly.

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vicakṣaṇā (विचक्षणा).—f (S) Minute and searching examination or inquiry; strict and narrow investigation. v kara, lāva, māṇḍa.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण).—a Proficient, knowing, skilled in. That investigates closely and shrewdly.

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vicakṣaṇā (विचक्षणा).—f Minute and searching inquiry. v kara, lāva, māṇḍa.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण).—a. [Uṇ.2.12 com.]

1) Clear-sighted, far-seeing, circumspect; सुविचक्षणः सुतः (suvicakṣaṇaḥ sutaḥ) H.1.2.

2) Wise, clever, learned; विचक्षणः प्रस्तुतमाचचक्षे (vicakṣaṇaḥ prastutamācacakṣe) R.5.19.

3) Expert, skilful, able; सेवाविचक्षणहरीश्वरदत्तहस्तः (sevāvicakṣaṇaharīśvaradattahastaḥ) R.13.39.

-ṇaḥ A learned man, wise man; न दत्वा कस्यचित् कन्यां पुनर्दद्याद्विचक्षणः (na datvā kasyacit kanyāṃ punardadyādvicakṣaṇaḥ) Ms.9.71.

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

Vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण).—mfn.

(-ṇaḥ-ṇā-ṇaṃ) 1. Clever, able, wise, sensible. 2. Proficient, skilful. m.

(-ṇaḥ) A learned Brahman or Pandit, a holy teacher. E. vi before, cakṣ to speak, (sensibly,) and yuc aff.

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

Vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण).—i. e. vi-cakṣ + ana, adj. 1. All-seeing, Chr. 289, 8 = [Rigveda.] i. 112, 8; Chr. 296, 4 = [Rigveda.] i. 112, 4. 2. Discerning, knowing, [Pañcatantra] i. [distich] 59 (cf. Böhtl. Ind. Spr. 984); circumspect, wise, [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] 18, 2; clever.

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

Vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण).—[adjective] conspicuous, visible, clear, distinct; discerning, intelligent, knowing, wise, skilful or clever in ([locative] or —°), [abstract] tva† [neuter]

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

1) Vicakṣaṇa (विचक्षण):—[=vi-cakṣaṇa] [from vi-cakṣ] mfn. conspicuous, visible, bright, radiant, splendid, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Brāhmaṇa; Gṛhya-sūtra and śrauta-sūtra]

2) [v.s. ...] distinct, perceptible, [Pāraskara-gṛhya-sūtra]

3) [v.s. ...] clear-sighted ([literally] and [figuratively]), sagacious, clever, wise, experienced or versed in, familiar with ([locative case] or [compound]), [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

4) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a preceptor (with the [patronymic] Tāṇḍya), [Vaṃśa-brāhmaṇa]

5) Vicakṣaṇā (विचक्षणा):—[=vi-cakṣaṇā] [from vi-cakṣaṇa > vi-cakṣ] f. Tiaridium Indicum, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of Brahmā’s throne, [Kauṣītaki-upaniṣad]

7) [v.s. ...] Name of a female servant, [Viddhaśālabhañjikā]

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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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