Yajnika, aka: Yājñika, Yajñika; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Yājñika (याज्ञिक) refers to one of the forty-seven tānas (tone) used in Indian music.—The illustration of Yājñika (as a deity) according to 15th-century Indian art is as follows.—The colour of his body is yellow. His face is similar to the face of an elephant. His right band is in Pravacana-Mudrā and a viṇā in his left hand.

The illustrations (of, for example Yājñika) are found scattered throughout ancient Jain manuscripts from Gujarat. The descriptions of these illustrations of this citrāvalī are based on the ślokas of Vācanācārya Gaṇi Sudhākalaśa’s Saṅgītopaniṣatsāroddhāra (14th century) and Śārṅgadeva’s Saṅgītaratnākara (13th century).

Source: archive.org: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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India history and geogprahy

Yājñika (याज्ञिक) is the name of a chief-manager of the Residential Hall (śalā) mentioned in the “Ciñcaṇī plate of the reign of Cittarāja”. Accordingly, “Now, while the Mahāmaṇḍaleśvara, the illustrious Cāmuṇḍarāja, who, by his religious merit, has obtained the right to the five mahāśabdas... is governing Saṃyāna, he addresses all persons, whether connected with himself or others (such as Yājñika)...”.

This plate (mentioning Yājñika) was found together with eight others at Chincaṇī in the Ḍahāṇu tāluka of the Ṭhāṇā District, North Koṅkaṇ, in 1955. The object of the inscription is to record the grant, by Cāmuṇḍarāja, of a ghāṇaka (oil-mill) in favour of the temple Kautuka-maṭhikā of the goddess Bhagavatī at Saṃyāna. The gift was made by pouring out water on the hand of the Svādhyāyika (scholar) Vīhaḍa, on the fifteenth tithi of the dark fortnight (i.e. amāvāsyā) of Bhādrapada in the śaka year 956.

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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yājñika (याज्ञिक).—m S A sacrificer, or an officiating priest at a sacrifice. 2 A conductor or performer of the sixteen saṃskāra.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

yājñika (याज्ञिक).—m A sacrificer.

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

Yajñika (यज्ञिक).—The Palāśa tree.

Derivable forms: yajñikaḥ (यज्ञिकः).

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Yājñika (याज्ञिक).—a. (- f.) [यज्ञाय हितम्, यज्ञः प्रयोजनमस्य वा ठक् (yajñāya hitam, yajñaḥ prayojanamasya vā ṭhak)] Belonging to a sacrifice; Bhāg.4.31.1.

-kaḥ 1 A sacrificer or a sacrificing priest.

2) A ritualist.

3) The Kuśa grass.

4) Name of several trees अश्वत्थ, खदिर, पलाश (aśvattha, khadira, palāśa), &c.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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yājñikī (याज्ञिकी).—f The office, duties of yājñika. a Relating to yājñika.
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