Anava, Āṇava, Āṇavā, Aṇava, Ānava: 9 definitions



Anava means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Jainism, Prakrit, 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

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Kubjikāmata-tantra

Āṇavā (आणवा):—Sevent of the eight Mātṛs born from the body of Ātmī, according to the Kubjikāmata-tantra. These eight sub-manifestations (mātṛ), including Āṇavā, symbolize the different kinds of souls, as well as the impurities by which these souls are bound (except for Niṣkala or Śiva). They are presided over by the Bhairava Caṇḍa and his consort Brāhmī. Ātmī is the second of the Eight Mahāmātṛs, residing within the Mātṛcakra (third of the five cakras) and represents the ātman.

Source: Vijnana Bhairava or Divine Consciousness

Āṇava (आणव) refers to a category of dhāraṇās according to the Śaivāgamas. The term dhāraṇā refers to a particular way “concentrating the mind”, and can be seen as a means of attaining the ultimate truth.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: Jaina Yoga

Aṇava (अणव) refers to a type of grain (Panicum miliaceum) and represents one of the seventeen varieties of dhānya (“grain”) according to Śvetāmbara tradition and listed in Hemacandra’s 12th century Yogaśāstra (verse 3.95). Dhānya represents one of the classes of the external (bahya) division of attachment (parigraha) and is related to the Aparigraha-vrata (vow of non-attachment).

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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

anavā (अनवा).—m A huge edible root (like the jack-fruit) of the yam kind.

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anavā (अनवा).—a ind ( A) New, novel, rare, wonderful, precious, excellent, superlative;--used freely in expression of admiration or delight. Ex. ājacēṃ gāṇēṃ a0 jhālēṃ; āja khīra a0 jhālī; hēṃ lihiṇēṃ kāyahō a0.

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anavā (अनवा).—m (anvaya S) A rough copy; a hastily and briefly penned writing.

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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

Āṇava (आणव).—a. (- f.) Exceedingly small.

-vam Exceeding smallness or minuteness.

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Ānava (आनव).—a. [ānuḥ prāṇī tasyedaṃ aṇ]

1) Human (as strength &c.).

2) Kind to men, benevolent.

-vaḥ 1 Men, people.

2) Foreign men or people.

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

Ānava (आनव).—[adjective] kind to men; human; [masculine] foreigner.

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

1) Āṇava (आणव):—[from āṇaka] mfn. ([from] aṇu), fine, minute, [Upaniṣad]

2) [v.s. ...] = āṇavīna q.v., [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] n. exceeding smallness, ([gana] pṛthv-ādi q.v.)

4) Ānava (आनव):—mf(ī)n. ([from] 2. anu, [Boehtlingk & Roth’s Sanskrit-Woerterbuch]), kind to men, [Ṛg-veda]

5) humane, [ib.]

6) a foreign man, [Ṛg-veda vii, 18, 13] (according to, [Tārānātha tarkavācaspati’s Vācaspatyam, Sanskrit dictionary][from] ānu = man, ‘belonging to living men’).

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

Anava (अनव):—m. Nomen proprium = anu [Lassen’s Indische Alterthumskunde I, 726.]

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Āṇava (आणव):—n. nom. abstr. von aṇu 1. gaṇa pṛthvādi zu [Pāṇini’s acht Bücher 5, 1, 122.] adj. (!) überaus klein, fein [Tejovindupaniṣad] in [Weber’s Indische Studien 2, 63, Nalopākhyāna 1.]

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Ānava (आनव):—

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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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