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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Ekadesin, EkadeZin, Ekadeshin

Ekadeśin literally means ‘One who upholds only one aspect’.

In the philosophical systems, when a statement is made by the main proponent, objections against it are raised by others opposing that school. Such an objector usually takes one part[1] of the statement of the proponent and tries to criticize it. Such an objector is called ‘ekadeśin’. A more common word for such an objector is ‘purvapakṣin’.[2]


  1. Ekadeśa means one part.
  2. purvapakṣin means one who holds the prima face view.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore