Ahavaniya, Āhavanīya: 13 definitions



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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय):—In Hindu iconology (śilpaśāstra), this represents one of the three faces of Agni. The three faces symoblize the three Vedic fires. Agni is one of the most important Vedic gods and represents divine illumination

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय).—An agni. (Mahābhārata, Ādi Parva, Chapter 74, Verse 67).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय).—(Havyavāhana)—a sacred fire.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 72. 25; Vāyu-purāṇa 29. 11; 30. 107; 97. 25; 106. 41.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: Historical Dictionary of Hinduism

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय):—One of the three types of fire altar used in Vedic rituals of sacrifice, or yajñas. The āhavanīya altar has a square shape. The four sides of this square represent the four major directions of space: north, south, east, and west. The āhavanīya altar is located in the eastern portion of the larger Vedic sacrificial arena. Specifications for the construction, location, and use of the āhavanīya are found in the Yajur-veda.

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Āhavanīya.—(EI 32), the sacred fire. Note: āhavanīya is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Ahavaniya in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय).—pot. p. To be offered as an oblation.

-yaḥ A consecrated fire taken from the house-holder's perpetual fire, one of the three fires (i. e. the eastern) burning at a sacrifice; गार्हपत्यादाहवनीयं ज्वलन्तमुद्धरेत् । पिता वा एषोऽग्नीनां यदक्षिणः पुत्रो गार्हपत्यः पौत्र आहवनीयः (gārhapatyādāhavanīyaṃ jvalantamuddharet | pitā vā eṣo'gnīnāṃ yadakṣiṇaḥ putro gārhapatyaḥ pautra āhavanīyaḥ) Āśval.; see also अग्नित्रेता (agnitretā) under अग्नि (agni). अथ हैनमाहवनीयोऽनुशशास (atha hainamāhavanīyo'nuśaśāsa) Chān. Up.4.13.1.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय).—adj. (= Pali id., compare Vism. i.220.6; more usually Pali āhuneyya; meaning probably influenced by Pali pāhuneyya, see s.v. prāhavanīya; both these forms in havanīya probably due to popular [etymology], tho found in Pali and [Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit]), worthy of receiving offerings (respectful gifts): Mahāvyutpatti 1772 (in section named mānanā-paryāyāḥ); Avadāna-śataka i.193.10 °yāni tāni kulāni yeṣu kuleṣu mātāpitarau samyaṅ mānyete.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Ahavanīya (अहवनीय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) 1. Not to be offered, not fit or proper to be sacrificed. E. a neg. havanīya to be offered.

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Āhavanīya (आहवनीय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) To be offered as an oblation. m.

(-yaḥ) A consecrated fire taken from the house-holder’s perpetual fire, and prepared for receiving oblations. E. āṅ before hu to offer ablations, and anīyar aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय).—(±agni) [masculine] sacrificial fire, [especially] the eastern of the three [substantive] fires.

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

1) Āhavanīya (आहवनीय):—[=ā-havanīya] [from ā-hu] mfn. to be offered as an oblation

2) [from ā-havanīya > ā-hu] m. ([scilicet] agni) consecrated fire taken from the householder’s perpetual fire and prepared for receiving oblations

3) [v.s. ...] especially the eastern of the three fires burning at a sacrifice, [Atharva-veda; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Āśvalāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Chāndogya-upaniṣad etc.]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Āhavanīya (आहवनीय):—(von āhavana) adj. (in Verbindung mit agni) oder m. (mit Ergänzung von agni) Opferfeuer (das die Opfergabe zu empfangen hat); so heisst im Besondern das östliche der drei Feuer des üblichen Opferheerdes (vedi) [Amarakoṣa 2, 7, 19.] [Hemacandra’s Abhidhānacintāmaṇi 826.] [Atharvavedasaṃhitā 8, 10, 3. 9, 6, 30. 15, 6, 5.] ā.a.a.īye vaiśvāna.aṃ (dvādaśakapālaṃ) adhiśrayati.gārhapatye māru.am (saptakapālam) [Taittirīyasaṃhitā 2, 2, 5, 6. 6, 3, 21.] agnimāhavanīyamupasthāpayāṃ cakāra [Aitareyabrāhmaṇa 7, 17.] yasya gārhapatyāhavanīyau mithaḥ saṃsṛjyātām 6. āhutiṃ vāhavanīye juhuyāt [8. 5. 12.] pūrveṇaiva gārhapatyamantareṇāhavanīyaṃ caiti [The Śatapathabrāhmaṇa 1, 9, 2, 4.] astaṃ yannāditya āhavanīyaṃ praviśati [2, 3, 4, 24. 4, 5, 7, 6. 6, 8, 5. 11, 5, 3, 8.] idhmātsamidhamādhāyāhavanīyaṃ kalpayati [Kātyāyana’s Śrautasūtrāṇi 2, 7, 29. 4, 13, 16.] dakṣiṇāgnirāhavanīyavat [5, 8, 6. 16, 4, 31.] gārhapatyādāhavanīyaṃ jvalantamuddharet pitā vā eṣo gnīnāṃ yaddakṣiṇaḥ putro gārhapatyaḥ pautra āhavanīyaḥ [Aśvalāyana’s Śrautasūtrāni 2, 2. 4.] [Chāndogyopaniṣad 2, 24, 11. 4, 13, 1.] [Praśnopaniṣad 4, 3.] pitā vai gārhapatyo gnirmātāgnirdakṣiṇaḥ smṛtaḥ . gururāhavanīyastu sāgnitretā garīyasī .. [Manu’s Gesetzbuch 2, 231.] [Mahābhārata 1, 3053. 3, 14285.] āhavanīyāgāra [The Śatapathabrāhmaṇa 1, 1, 1, 11.]

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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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