Amavasya, Amāvāsyā, Amāvāsyā, Amāvāsya, Āmāvāsya: 15 definitions

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Amavasya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Amāvasyā (अमावस्या) refers to the “new moon”. It is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti and the Baudhāyana-dharmasūtra.

Source: Sacred Texts: The Grihya Sutras, Part 2 (SBE30)

Amāvāsyā (अमावास्या) refers to the “new moon” and the corresponding sacrifice, as mentioned in the Āpastamba-yajña-paribhāṣā-sūtras.—“let a man sacrifice with the Amāvāsyā sacrifice at the time of the Amāvāsyā, new moon. And let a man sacrifice with the Paurṇamāsyā sacrifice at the time of the Paurṇamāsī, full moon, thus it is said. [...] Let a man observe that new-moon day (amāvāsyā) as a day of abstinence, on which the moon is not seen”.

Amāvāsyā is the dwelling together, i.e. the conjunction, of sun and moon, an astronomical expression which was adopted in the common language of the people at a very early time. It does not occur, however, in the Ṛgveda. In our Sūtra, Amāvāsyā is used in the sense both of new moon and new-moon sacrifice.

Corresponding to these two kinds of Paurṇamāsī there are also two kinds of Amāvāsyā. That which falls on the fourteenth day is called Pūrvā-amāvāsyā, or Sinīvālī, the ἕνη καὶ νέα; that which falls on the pratipad, the first day of the new phase, is called Kuhū, Uttarā-amāvāsyā. Śvoyuktā. See also Ait.-Brāhm. II, 4; Nir. XI, 31-32.

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Jyotiṣa

Amāvāsyā (अमावास्या) refers to “new-moon” day. The next day marks the start of the counting of tithis (lunar day), which at fifteen days reaches purṇimā (full-moon), after which the counting of tithis starts again for another fifteen days where it ends with amāvāsya again. The term is used throughout Jyotiṣa literature.

Source: archive.org: South Indian Festivities (astronomy)

Amavasya (literally the “dwelling together” of the Sun and Moon) is the period of new-moon, or that point of time when the longitudes of the Sun and Moon are equal.

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms

Amāvasyā (अमावस्या).—Day of conjunction of Sun and Moon i.e., New Moon day. Note: Amāvasyā is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Amāvāsyā (अमावास्या).—The time when Pitṛs worship moon and when the sun, moon and constellations meet together in the same maṇḍala; Pitṛs drink the nectar of the moon (1/15) part of it remaining; there is no moon, middle sun—half night half day.1 yajñas with 21 saṃjñas.2 Only when two of its kalas remain, the moon enters the orbit of the sun and stays in the ray called amā and hence the period is amāvāsyā,3 fit for śrāddha.4

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 10. 62. 65; 21. 153; 23. 70; 28. 6; 17. 19; Matsya-purāṇa 17. 2; 126. 66. 72; 141. 42-49; Vāyu-purāṇa 52. 64; 53. 92; 56. 1, 6, 42 and 49
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 11. 14. Vāyu-purāṇa 74. 13.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 20. 38; II. 8. 80; 12. 8; III. 14. 7-10.
  • 4) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 14. 7-10.
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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Amāvasyā (अमावस्या) or Pūrṇimā refers to one of the various “lunar days” (tithi):—There are approximately 29.5 lunar days in a lunar month. The first fifteen days begin with the first phase of the waxing moon (pratipat) and end with the full moon (pūrṇimā). [...] In accordance with the lunar day, one would utter, [for example, amāvasyā-tithau].

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: ACHC: Smarta Puja

Amāvāsyā (अमावास्या) refers to a religious rite (pūjā) or observance (vrata) occurring in the month Āṣāḍha (June-July).—Amāvāsyā = Dīpa-amāvāsyā = pūjā of lamps.

India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Amāvāsyā.—cf. ṣaṣṭhī amāvāsyā, caturthī-amāvāsyā, nava rātri- amāvāsyā, mahānavamī-amāvāsyā, etc. Note: amāvāsyā 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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

amāvasyā (अमावस्या) [or अमावास्या, amāvāsyā].—f (S) The day of new moon.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

amāvasyā (अमावस्या).—f The day of new moon.

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amāvāsyā (अमावास्या).—f The day of new moon.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amāvasyā (अमावस्या) or Amāvāsyā (अमावास्या).—(also written amāmasī-māsī) [amāvas -ṇyat, amā saha vasataḥ candrārkau asyāṃ sā. amāvasyardanyatarasyām P.III.1.122 Sk.]

1) The day of new moon, when the sun and moon dwell together or are in conjunction; the 15th day of the dark half of every lunar month; सूर्याजन्द्रमसोः यः परः सन्निकर्षः साऽमावस्या (sūryājandramasoḥ yaḥ paraḥ sannikarṣaḥ sā'māvasyā) Gobhila; अमावास्यायां दीक्षित्वा (amāvāsyāyāṃ dīkṣitvā) Ch. Up.5.2.4.

2) A sacrifice offered at that time.

3) The sacrificial oblation.

See also (synonyms): amāvasī.

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Amāvāsya (अमावास्य).—a. [amāvasyā, vun-ac amāvāsyāyā vā P.IV.3.3-31; amāvāsyāyāṃ jātaḥ] Born or produced on the night of new moon.

See also (synonyms): amāvāsyaka.

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Āmāvāsya (आमावास्य).—a. (-syī f.) [अमावास्या-अण् (amāvāsyā-aṇ)]

1) Belonging to the new moon or its festival.

2) Happening or born at the time of new moon or conjunction.

-syam The new moon oblation.

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

Amāvāsya (अमावास्य).—mfn.

(-syaḥ-syā-syaṃ) Produced in the day of new moon. E. amāvāsyā and a aff.

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Amāvāsyā (अमावास्या).—f.

(-syā) Day of conjunction or new moon. E. amā with, (the sun and moon,) vasa to abide, ṇyat affix: or with the penult. vowel short, amāvasyā; also amāvasī, &c.

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Āmāvāsya (आमावास्य).—mfn.

(-syaḥ-syā-syaṃ) Occurring on the day of conjunction, &c. E. amāvāsya and aff.

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

Amāvāsyā (अमावास्या).—[feminine] (± rātri) the night of the new moon (lit. of the cohabitation or conjunction, scil. of sun and moon).

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Āmāvāsya (आमावास्य).—[adjective] belonging to the new moon; [neuter] the new-moon oblation.

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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. 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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