Yakshapati, Yakṣapatī, Yaksha-pati: 6 definitions


Yakshapati means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Yakṣapatī can be transliterated into English as Yaksapati or Yakshapati, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Yakṣapatī (यक्षपती) or Kubera is one of the Aṣṭadikpālaka (“eight guardians of the directions”), as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—In dance, when the right hand of the dancer assumes arāla-hasta and the left hand of the dancer assumes ardhapatāka-hasta, it is vāyu-hasta. If the dancer holds padma-hasta in the left hand and gadā-hasta in the right hand, it is the hasta for Yakṣapatī (Lord of Yakṣas is Kubera). In images, Yakṣapatī is found with a sword in the right hand and a shield in the left hand. In this case, there is dissimilarity in the relevance of the postures of the hands in dancing and iconography.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yakshapati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Yakṣapati (यक्षपति).—[masculine] king of the Yakṣas, [Epithet] of Kubera.

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

1) Yakṣapati (यक्षपति):—[=yakṣa-pati] [from yakṣa > yakṣ] m. a king of the Y°s [Kathāsaritsāgara]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of Kubera, [Harivaṃśa; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

[Sanskrit to German]

Yakshapati 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Yakshapati in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Yakṣapati (ಯಕ್ಷಪತಿ):—[noun] = ಯಕ್ಷ - [yaksha -] 2.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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