Amedhya, Amēdhya: 12 definitions


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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Amedhya (अमेध्य) refers to the “foul (abode)” (of bad odours), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “For great men, what kind of delight is there in the body which is riddled with a multitude of hundreds of worms, afflicted by a multitude of diseases [and] worn out by old age? Whatever thing here in the body, which is the foul abode of bad odours (durgandha-amedhya-mandira), is considered by the one whose mind is pure, that bestows contempt on everything”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

amēdhya (अमेध्य).—a S Impure, foul, unhallowed--articles of food, clothing &c.

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amēdhya (अमेध्य).—n S Fæces, excrement, dung.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Amedhya (अमेध्य).—a.

1) Not able or allowed to sacrifice.

2) Unfit for a sacrifice; नामेध्यं प्रक्षिपेदग्नौ (nāmedhyaṃ prakṣipedagnau) Manusmṛti 4.53,56; 5.5,132.

2) Unholy, filthy, foul, dirty, impure; उच्छिष्टमपि चामेध्यं भोजनं तामसप्रियम् (ucchiṣṭamapi cāmedhyaṃ bhojanaṃ tāmasapriyam) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 17.1.; Bhartṛhari 3.16.

-dhyam 1 Excrement, ordure; सुमुत्सृजेद्राजमार्गे यस्त्वमेध्यम- नापदि (sumutsṛjedrājamārge yastvamedhyama- nāpadi) Manusmṛti 9.282;5.126,128;12.71.

2) An unlucky or inauspicious omen, अमेध्यं दृष्ट्वा सूर्यमुपतिष्ठेत (amedhyaṃ dṛṣṭvā sūryamupatiṣṭheta) Kāty.

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

Amedhya (अमेध्य).—mfn.

(-dhyaḥ-dhyā-dhyaṃ) Impure, foul. n.

(-dhyaṃ) Fæces, excrement. E. a neg. and medhya pure.

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

Amedhya (अमेध्य).—I. adj. impure, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 53. Ii. n. an impure substance, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 239.

Amedhya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms a and medhya (मेध्य).

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

Amedhya (अमेध्य).—[adjective] unfit for sacrifice (act. & pass.), impure. [neuter] impurity, ordure.

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

1) Amedhya (अमेध्य):—[=a-medhya] mfn. not able or not allowed to sacrifice, not fit for sacrifice, impure, unholy, nefarious, foul, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Manu-smṛti] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] (am), n. faeces, excrement, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra; Manu-smṛti ix, 282; Yājñavalkya etc.]

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

Amedhya (अमेध्य):—[a-medhya] (dhyaṃ) 1. n. Fæces. a. Impure; defiled.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Amedhya (अमेध्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Amijjha.

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Amedhya in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Amēdhya (ಅಮೇಧ್ಯ):—

1) [adjective] unfit for being used in a sacrifice; that must not be used in a sacrifice.

2) [adjective] unclean; dirty; filthy.

3) [adjective] ceremonially unclean; defiled.

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Amēdhya (ಅಮೇಧ್ಯ):—[noun] waste matter from the bowels; faeces; excrement; filth; dung.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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