āstīka आस्तीक

Definition: आस्तीक a. Relating to, or treating of, the sage आस्तीक. -कः Name of an old saint, son of Jaratkāru; (at whose intercession King Janamejaya spared the Nāga Takṣaka from the destruction to which he had doomed the serpent race). Mb. gives the following etymology of the name; नाम चास्याभवत्ख्यातं लोकेष्वास्तीक इत्युत । अस्तीत्युक्त्वा गतो यस्मात्पिता गर्भस्थमेव तम् ॥ cf. सर्पाप- सर्प भद्रं ते गच्छ सर्प वनान्तरम् । जनमेजयस्य यज्ञान्ते आस्तीकवचनं स्मर ॥ -कम् A section (पर्व) of the first book of the Mahābhārata. -Comp. -अर्थदः Name of Janamejaya.

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