Pakṣa

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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Paksa, PakSa, Paksha


paksa (‘that which is accepted’)

This word is used in several senses. A period of a fortnight between a new-moon day and a full-moon day is called ‘pakṣa’. That which ends in the former is called kṛṣṇapakṣa and in the latter, śuklapakṣa.

In logic, the word indicates the minor term like the hill from which smoke is being emitted. (See ANUMĀNA and also NYĀYADARŚANA.)

In philosophical disputations it indicates a view logically presented. For e.g., purvapakṣa (prima facie view) and uttara-pakṣa (final view).

In Vedic sacrifices, it indicates the two rectangular aisles or sides of an altar, to the north and the south.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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paksa (‘that which is accepted’) This word is used in several senses. A period of a fortnight between a new- moon day and a full-moon day is called ‘pakṣa’. That which ends in the former is called kṛṣṇapakṣa and in the latter, śuklapakṣa. In logic, the word indicates the minor term like the hill from which smoke is being emitted. (See ANUMĀNA and also NYĀYADARŚANA.) In philosophical disputations it indi¬cates a view logically presented. For e.g., purvapakṣa (prima facie view) and uttara- pakṣa (final view). In Vedic sacrifices, it indicates the two rectangular aisles or sides of an altar, to the north and the south.