Apurva, aka: Apūrva; 7 Definition(s)


Apurva means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, 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

Mīmāṃsā (school of philosophy)

Apūrva (अपूर्व) refers to “original injunction”. It is sub-division of vidhi (injunciton).—Apūrva-vidhi enjoins something not otherwise known; eg. “the grains should be washed”.

Source: Srimatham: Mīmāṃsa: The Study of Hindu Exegesis
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Mimamsa (मीमांसा, mīmāṃsā) refers to one of the six orthodox Hindu schools of philosophy, emphasizing the nature of dharma and the philosophy of language. The literature in this school is also known for its in-depth study of ritual actions and social duties.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Apūrva (अपूर्व).—(l) not existing before; cf. आगमश्च नाम अपूर्वः शब्दोपजनः (āgamaśca nāma apūrvaḥ śabdopajanaḥ) M. Bh. on I.1-20, I.1.46; (2) not preceded by any letter or so, cf अपूर्वलक्षण आदिः (apūrvalakṣaṇa ādiḥ) M. Bh. on I.1.21: (3) a rule prescribing something not prescribed before; cf. तत्र अपूर्वो विधिरस्तु नियमोस्तु इति अपूर्व एव विधिर्भविष्यति न नियमः (tatra apūrvo vidhirastu niyamostu iti apūrva eva vidhirbhaviṣyati na niyamaḥ) M.Bh. on I.4.3., III.1.46, III.2. 127, III.3.19.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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India history and geogprahy

Apūrva.—cf. apūrva-Brāhmaṇa (IA 18), a new Brāhmaṇa who was not fed on a previous occasion and is not to be fed again. Note: apūrva is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

apūrva (अपूर्व).—a (S) That has not (taken place, been done, been) before; that is not preceded by any instance or example; first, primary, primitive, original. Ex. hyā gāvānta mājhēṃ yēṇēṃ hēṃ a0 ca āhē; āja samudrācēṃ a0 darśana jhālēṃ. 2 Strange, singular, uncommon, unprecedented: also unexcelled, surpassing, superlatively fine or precious. 3 Used as s n Moral quality; merit or demerit; desert in the soul of happiness or wo, as arising from virtuous or vitious deeds. It is called apūrva as having had no antecedent (See Sig. I.) existence, but as springing into being from moral action in the present birth.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

apūrva (अपूर्व).—a That has not taken place before, not preceded, quite new, first, Singu- lar, uncommon, unprecedented, un- excelled, surpassing.

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

Apūrva (अपूर्व).—a.

1) Not preceded, not having existed before, like of which did not exist before, quite new; °र्वं नाटकम् (rvaṃ nāṭakam) Ś.1; °र्वं राजकुलम् (rvaṃ rājakulam) M.5; K.191;

2) Strange, extraordinary, wonderful; अपूर्वः कोऽपि बहुमानहेतुर्गुरुषु (apūrvaḥ ko'pi bahumānaheturguruṣu) U.4; अपूर्वो दृश्यते वह्निः कामिन्याः स्तनमण्डले । दूरतो दहतीवाङ्गं हृदि लग्नस्तु शीतलः (apūrvo dṛśyate vahniḥ kāminyāḥ stanamaṇḍale | dūrato dahatīvāṅgaṃ hṛdi lagnastu śītalaḥ) || Ś. Til.17; singular, unexampled, unprecedented; अपूर्व एष विरहमार्गः (apūrva eṣa virahamārgaḥ) Ś.6; अपूर्वरूपा दारिका (apūrvarūpā dārikā) M.1; अतोऽ- पूर्वः खलु वो ऽ नुग्रहः (ato'- pūrvaḥ khalu vo ' nugrahaḥ) Ś.7; अपूर्वकर्मचाण्डालमयि मुग्धे विमुञ्च माम् (apūrvakarmacāṇḍālamayi mugdhe vimuñca mām) U.1.46 committing an unparalleled atrocity.

3) Unknown, unacquainted, stranger; अपूर्वोऽप्यथवा विद्वान् य (apūrvo'pyathavā vidvān ya)Mb.13.22.8; विदितेऽप्यपूर्व इव (vidite'pyapūrva iva) Ki.6.39.

4) Not first.

5) Preceded by अ (a) or आ (ā).

6) (In phil.) 'That unseen virtue which is a relation superinduced, not before possessed, unseen but efficacious to connect the consequence with its past and remote cause and to bring about at a distant period or in another world the relative effect. -Colebrooke.

-rvam 1 The remote consequence of an act (as the acquisition of heaven which is the result of good deeds), (Mīmāṃsā). -

2) Virtue and vice (pāpapuṇyam) as the eventual cause of future happiness or misery.

-rvaḥ The Supreme Soul (parabrahma).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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