Apahsamvarta, Apaḥsaṃvarta, Apah-samvarta: 2 definitions


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

Apaḥsaṃvarta (अपःसंवर्त):—[=apaḥ-saṃvarta] [from ap] m. destruction (of the world) by water, [Buddhist literature]

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

Apaḥsaṃvarta (अपःसंवर्त):—[tatpurusha compound] m.

(-rtaḥ) (In Buddhistic doctrine.) The destruc-tion of the earth by water. ‘A hundred thousand years previous to the destruction of the earth by water, a Deva appears to warn all the beings concerned of the event, as when it is destroyed by fire; a cloud forms at the same time in a Kela-laksha of Sakwalas and after raining for a short time disappears. After an immense interval another cloud appears, and the rain called Khārodaka begins to fall; at first in small drops, but gradually increasing in size until they are as large as a palm tree; this rain is so acrid that it dissolves entirely the earth and all things connected with it’ (Spence Hardy, Manual of Buddhism p. 32). E. apas and saṃvarta.

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