Yajnashala, Yajñaśālā, Yajna-shala: 10 definitions


Yajnashala 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 Yajñaśālā can be transliterated into English as Yajnasala or Yajnashala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला) refers to the “sacrificial chambers”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.29. Accordingly as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Then inciting the fury of Dakṣa further, she said to Viṣṇu and all other Devas and sages unhesitatingly.. Satī said:—‘[...] Let us not take to your path of egoism as displayed in your sacrificial chambers (yajñaśālā) enjoyed and cast-off by the fire. Ours is the manifest path followed by Avadhūtas. O father, with a crooked mind you need not be haughty and conceited’”.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Dhiti blog: The Navakalevara Ceremony at Puri

Yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला) refers to a “sacrificial pavilion” (associated with Vanayātra and Vanayāga).—Navakalevara is the name of a festival (symbolizing the cycle of birth, death and re-birth) which is celebrated at Puri: a sacred site home to the eternal abode of Śrī Jagannātha (a form of Śrī Kṛṣṇa).—Jagannātha is made of dāru (wood) because a dāru image cuts up the miseries of the world and imparts eternal bliss. [...] On the 10th day of Caitra, initial rituals mark the beginning of the yātrā for the search for the dārus, [...] The search for the dārus may last a couple of weeks. When a tree fulfilling the criteria is successfully traced, the party circumambulates the tree, smears it with sandal paste and vermillion, offers flowers, and wraps a new piece of cloth around it. The bhūtas (spirits) living on or near the trees are then propitiated with offerings of grains and spices, and Śrī Viṣṇu is asked to command them to leave. Then, a yajñaśālā (sacrificial pavilion) is built by clearing space around the tree. After the requisite aṅkurāropaṇa (sowing of seeds for germination) and haviṣyānna (partaking of food) are completed, the Brahmins perform a specific fire sacrifice, the vanayāga.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yajnashala in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला).—f (S) A place of sacrifice.

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

yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला).—f A place of sacrifice.

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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 dictionary

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

Yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला).—a sacrificial hall.

Yajñaśālā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms yajña and śālā (शाला).

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

Yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला).—[feminine] sacrificial hall.

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

1) Yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला):—[=yajña-śālā] [from yajña > yaj] f. a sacrificial hall, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] = agni-śaraṇa [Scholiast or Commentator]

[Sanskrit to German]

Yajnashala in German

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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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Nepali dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yajnashala in Nepali glossary
Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Yajñaśālā (यज्ञशाला):—n. 1. → यज्ञभूमि [yajñabhūmi ] ; 2. → यज्ञमण्डप [yajñamaṇḍapa]

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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