Anuvacana, Anuvācana: 10 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Anuvachana.

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Anuvacana (अनुवचन) refers to the “the king’s orders regarding doubtful points”. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (also see the Manubhāṣya verse 7.154)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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

Anuvacana (अनुवचन).—

1) Repetition, recitation; teaching, instruction, lecture, वेदानुवचनं यज्ञो ब्रह्मचर्यं तपो दमः । श्रद्धोपवासः स्वातन्त्र्यमात्मनो ज्ञानहेतवः (vedānuvacanaṃ yajño brahmacaryaṃ tapo damaḥ | śraddhopavāsaḥ svātantryamātmano jñānahetavaḥ) || Y.3.19. तमेतं वेदानुवचनेन ब्राह्मणा विविदिषन्ति (tametaṃ vedānuvacanena brāhmaṇā vividiṣanti) Bṛ. Up.4.4.22.

2) A chapter, section, lesson, division.

3) Repetition of Mantras or texts in conformity with प्रैष (praiṣa) or injunction said by other priests.

Derivable forms: anuvacanam (अनुवचनम्).

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Anuvācana (अनुवाचन).—

1) Recitation of passages of the Ṛgveda by the Hotṛ priest in obedience to the injunction (praiṣa) of the अध्वर्यु (adhvaryu) priest.

2) Causing to recite, teaching, instructing.

3) Reading to oneself; see above.

Derivable forms: anuvācanam (अनुवाचनम्).

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

Anuvacana (अनुवचन).—n.

(-naṃ) 1. Concordance, conformity to or concurrence with a previous text or authority. 2. Subsidiary or similar doctrine. E. anu, and vacana speech.

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

Anuvacana (अनुवचन).—[anu-vac + ana], n. 1. Studying, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 203, 1. 2. A section.

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

Anuvacana (अनुवचन).—[masculine] speaking after, repeating, reciting.

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

1) Anuvacana (अनुवचन):—[=anu-vacana] [from anu-vac] n. speaking after, repetition, reciting, reading

2) [v.s. ...] lecture

3) [v.s. ...] a chapter, a section

4) [v.s. ...] recitation of certain texts in conformity with injunctions (praiṣa) spoken by other priests.

5) Anuvācana (अनुवाचन):—[=anu-vācana] [from anu-vac] n. the act of causing the Hotṛ to recite the passages of the Ṛg-veda in obedience to the injunction (praiṣa) of the Adhvaryu priest, [Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

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

Anuvacana (अनुवचन):—[tatpurusha compound] n.

(-nam) 1) Speaking after or in conformity with, repeating, reciting; e. g. vedānuvacana repeating the words of the Veda in the same manner as the teacher has enounced them, i. e. reading or studying the Veda; sāvitryanuvacana reciting the Sāvitrī hymn.

2) A lecture or chapter (esp. in the Kāṭhaka recension of the black Yajurveda).

3) (In the liturgical literature.) The speaking of and the name of certain vaidik passages or mantras which are addressed by certain priests at sacrifices to the deity in consequence of, and in conformity with, other passages spoken by other priests, esp. by the Adhvaryu, which contain an injunction or praiṣa (q. v. and compare anuvācana); the anuvacana are either connected with the praiṣa immediately (see samasta), or separated from them by other words (see vyasta); e. g. such anuvacana as pra vo vājā abhidyavaḥ . añjanti tvāmadhvare devayantaḥ &c. are separated from praiṣa such as agnaye samidhyamānāyānubrūhi . yūpāyājyamānāyānubrūhi, while in the instances hotāyakṣadagniṃ &c. the anuvacana is immediately followed by the praiṣa ‘hoturyaja’, or in the instance maitrāvaruṇaḥ preṣyati cānu cāha, the anuvachana ‘anu cāha’ follows immediately the praisha maitrāº. E. vac with anu, kṛt aff. lyuṭ.

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Anuvācana (अनुवाचन):—[tatpurusha compound] n.

(-nam) Causing to recite; esp. in the liturg. literature, as the effect of a praiṣa (q. v.) or injunction addressed by the Adhvaryu to another priest which causes the latter to invite the god or gods to partake of a sacrifice, by reciting certain passages from the Ṛgveda. (Compare anuvacana.) E. vac in the caus., with anu, kṛt aff. lyuṭ.

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

Anuvacana (अनुवचन):—[anu-vacana] (naṃ) 1. n. Accordance.

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Anuvacana 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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