Apasavya, Apashavya, Apaśavya: 19 definitions


Apasavya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Apaśavya can be transliterated into English as Apasavya or Apashavya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Apasavya in Purana glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Apasavya (अपसव्य).—A son of Śaṃśya Agni.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 12. 13.
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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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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

1) Apasavya (अपसव्य) (or Apasavyagrāsa, Apasavyagata) refers to one of the ten types of (solar and lunar) eclipses (grāsa), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 5), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If the eclipse should commence on the left side of the disc, it is technically known as Savyagata: the earth will then be flooded with water and there will be joy and freedom from fear. If it should commence on the right side of the disc, it: is technically known as Apasavya-gata: mankind will suffer from their rulers and from robbers”.

2) Apasavya (अपसव्य) (or Asavya) refers to one of the four types of Planetary Conjunctions (yuddha), according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 17) (“On planetary conjunctions—grahayuddha”), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “The conjunctions of the planets are of four sorts known technically as—1. Bheda,  2. Ullekha, 3. Aṃśumardana, 4. Asavya, according as the planets are more and more distant from each other, as stated by Parāśara and other Ṛṣis. [...] If the planets should be in Apasavya or Asavya conjunction, rulers will be at war with one another”.

Note: This [apasavya] conjunction occurs when the disc of one of the planets appears eclipsed by that of the other planet.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Apasavya (अपसव्य) refers to “right” (as opposed to “left”, i.e., aspects of the Kaula Path), according to the Lalitāsahasranāma.—Lalitā’s thousand names are eulogized in the Lalitāsahasranāma, describing the goddess’s spiritual beauty on the analogy of physical, sensuous beauty. [...] She is the Kula Yoginī (95) and her very nature is Kula (kularūpiṇī) (897). She is the Mother of the Heroes, that is, Kaula initiates (vīramātā) (836) and delights in their company (vīragoṣṭhipriyā) (898). She is the presiding deity of the Kaula Path and is on both aspects of it, that is, the Right and the Left (savya-apasavya-mārgasthā) (912). So although the goddess is given these names they are sacred to the devotees who practice Vāmācāra also. In short, the Kula rites—sexual yet chaste—share in the same ambiguity as the goddess who presides over them.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Apasavya in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

apasavya : (nt.) right side.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Apasavya, (adj.) (apa + savya) right (i. e. not left), contrary Ud.50 (T. has niṭṭhubhitvā abyāmato karitvā; vv. ll. are apabhyāmāto, abhyāmato & C. apasabyāmato), where C. expls. apasabyāmato karitvā by apasabyaṃ katvā, “which latter corresponds in form but not in meaning to Sk. apasavyaṃ karoti to go on the right side” (Morris J P T S. 1886, 127). — See apavyāma. (Page 53)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

apasavya (अपसव्य).—a (S) Right, not left. 2 Opposite or contrary: also a contrary or inverse action; as circumambulation with the left hand towards the object; putting the sacrificial thread over the right shoulder; writing from the right hand towards the left &c.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

apasavya (अपसव्य).—a Right, not left; opposite. A contrary or inverse action; as put- ting the sacred thread over the right shoulder.

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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

Apaśavya (अपशव्य).—a. Not tending to the growth of cattle.

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Apasavya (अपसव्य).—a.

1) Not on the left, right; मण्डलान्यपसव्यानि खगाश्चक्रू रथं प्रति (maṇḍalānyapasavyāni khagāścakrū rathaṃ prati) Rām.6.57.34 अपसव्येन हस्तेन (apasavyena hastena) Ms. 3.214.

2) Contrary, opposite यद्येतदपसव्यं ते वचो मम भविष्यति (yadyetadapasavyaṃ te vaco mama bhaviṣyati) Mahābhārata (Bombay) 5.138.27.

-vyam ind. To the right, making the sacred thread hang down towards the left part of the body over the right shoulder (opp. savyam when it hangs over the left); a position of the thread in Śrāddha or other religious ceremonies at particular times of those ceremonies (the three positions being savya, nivīta & apasavya); प्राचीनावीतिना सम्यगपसव्यमतन्द्रिणा । पित्र्यमानिधनात्कार्यं विधिवद्दर्भपाणिना (prācīnāvītinā samyagapasavyamatandriṇā | pitryamānidhanātkāryaṃ vidhivaddarbhapāṇinā) || Manusmṛti 3.279; °व्यं कृ (vyaṃ kṛ) to go round one so as to keep the right side towards him; to make the sacred thread hang over the right shoulder.

See also (synonyms): apasavyaka.

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

Apasavya (अपसव्य).—mfn.

(-vyaḥ-vyā-vyaṃ) 1. Opposite, contrary. 2. Right, (not left.) n.

(-vyaṃ) The space between the thumb and the forefinger. E. apa, and savya left.

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

Apasavya (अपसव्य).—I. adj. right (not left), [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 214; apasavyaṃ kṛ, to keep the right side towards one, ib. Ii. apasavyam, adv. from the left to the right, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 279.

— Cf. [Latin] scævus. probably also sinister.

Apasavya is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms apa and savya (सव्य).

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

Apasavya (अपसव्य).—[adjective] right, southern; [neuter] & [instrumental] [adverb]

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

1) Apaśavya (अपशव्य):—[=a-paśavya] a See a-paśu.

2) [=a-paśavya] [from a-paśu] b mfn. not fit or useful for cattle, [Taittirīya-brāhmaṇa; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Śāṅkhāyana-gṛhya-sūtra]

3) Apasavya (अपसव्य):—[=apa-savya] mfn. not on the left side, right, [Manu-smṛti iii, 214]

4) [v.s. ...] (with auguries) from the right to the left, moving to the left, [Mahābhārata; Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā] etc.

5) [=apa-savya] m. ([scilicet] agni) the sacrificial fire at the birth of a son, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Apasavya (अपसव्य):—I. [bahuvrihi compound] 1. m. f. n.

(-vyaḥ-vyā-vyam) 1) Not left, right; the same as dakṣiṇa.—apasavyaṃ kṛ, to keep the right side towards one, (comp. pradakṣiṇaṃ kṛ), or to put on the right shoulder (scil. the sacrificial thread).

2) Contrary, adverse. 2. n.

(-vyam) 1) The sacrificial thread worn over the right shoulder and passed under the left, at Śrāddhas; comp. prācīnāvīta.

2) (In Astronomy) defined thus: tārāgrahāṇāṃ caturdhāsaṃgarāntargatāparaṃ yuddham; e. g. in the Vasiṣṭha-Siddhānta: aṃśādūnepasavākhyaṃ yuddhamekotra cedaṇu. Ii. Avyayībh.

(-vyam) The same as apasalavi in both meanings; comp. also the quotation under this word. E. apa and savya.

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

Apasavya (अपसव्य):—[apa-savya] (vyaḥ-vyā-vyaṃ) a. Right (not left), opposite, contrary.

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

Apasavya (अपसव्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Avasavva.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Apasavya (ಅಪಸವ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] that which is opposite to left; all or part of the right side; right.

2) [noun] the state or quality of being strange; strangeness.

3) [noun] that which is contrary; a thing that is in opposition.

4) [noun] that which is not correct; wrong.

5) [noun] (in a battlefield) a moving in the direction against the established rules.

6) [noun] (dial.) a man who is unlucky or whose look brings misfortune; an inauspicious man.

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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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Nepali dictionary

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Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Apasavya (अपसव्य):—adj. 1. the right side of the body; 2. opposite; n. making the sacred thread hang down towards the leaf part of the body during rituals for the dead;

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