Anuvatsara: 5 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Nilamata Purana: a cultural and literary study

Anuvatsara (अनुवत्सर) refers to one of the five years (pañcasaṃvatsara), defined in the Nīlamatapurāṇa. The expression pañcasaṃvatsara indicates the knowledge of five years, namely, Saṃvatsara, Parivatsara, Idvatsara, Anuvatsara and Vatsara.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Anuvatsara (अनुवत्सर).—The fourth year in a five year yuga;1 is Vāyu.2 (yajur saṃhitā) ahorātrakara.3

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa III. 11. 14; V. 22. 7; Viṣṇu-purāṇa II. 8. 72.
  • 2) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 115, 119, 134; 21. 134; 28. 22; Matsya-purāṇa 141. 18; Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 31.
  • 3) Vāyu-purāṇa 31. 27; 56. 20; 50. 183; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 13. 134.
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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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anuvatsara (अनुवत्सर).—[anukūlo vatsaro dānādiviśeṣāya]

1) A year.

2) The 4th year in the 5 years' cycle; or the 5th of 5 cycles of 12 years in the Bṛhaspati cycle. वायुमेव तदनु- वत्सरमाप्नोति (vāyumeva tadanu- vatsaramāpnoti) T. Br.1.4.1.

Derivable forms: anuvatsaraḥ (अनुवत्सरः).

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

Anuvatsara (अनुवत्सर).—m.

(-raḥ) A year. E. anu, and vatsara a year.

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

1) Anuvatsara (अनुवत्सर):—[=anu-vatsara] m. the fourth year in the Vedic cycle of five years, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] a year, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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