Yajnapati, Yajñapati, Yajna-pati: 7 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Yajnapati in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Yajñapati (यज्ञपति) refers to the “lord of sacrifices” and is used to describe Viṣṇu, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.5.3 (“The virtues of the three cities—Tripura).—Accordingly, after the Gods spoke to Viṣṇu: “[...] Immediately on being thought upon by Viṣṇu all the sacrifices came where Viṣṇu was stationed. With palms joined in reverence they bowed to and eulogised Viṣṇu, the lord of sacrifices (yajñapati) and the primordial Puruṣa. The eternal lord Viṣṇu saw the eternal sacrifices and told them looking at the gods too including Indra. [...]”

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Yajñapati (यज्ञपति).—An Ārṣeya pravara; (Bhārgava).*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 195. 43.

1b) Viṣṇu;1 method of meditating on, prescribed by the sages to Dhruva.2

  • 1) Matsya-purāṇa 246. 10; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 11. 47.
  • 2) Ib. I. 11. 52-5.
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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Yajñapati (यज्ञपति).—

1) one who institutes a sacrifice. See यजमान (yajamāna).

2) Name of Viṣṇu.

Derivable forms: yajñapatiḥ (यज्ञपतिः).

Yajñapati is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yajña and pati (पति).

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

Yajñapati (यज्ञपति).—[masculine] lord (either performer or receiver) of the sacrifice, [Epithet] of [several] gods.

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

1) Yajñapati (यज्ञपति):—[=yajña-pati] [from yajña > yaj] m. (yajña-) lord of s° (applied to any one who institutes and bears the expense of a s°), [Ṛg-veda; Brāhmaṇa; ???]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Soma and Viṣṇu (as gods in whose honour a s° is performed), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

3) [v.s. ...] of an author (also with upādhyāya), [Catalogue(s)]

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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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