Ashokavanika, Aśokavanikā, Ashoka-vanika: 7 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Aśokavanikā can be transliterated into English as Asokavanika or Ashokavanika, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Ashokavanika in Purana glossary
Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Aśokavanikā (अशोकवनिका).—A famous park in Laṅkā. It was in this park that Rāvaṇa kept Sītā having stolen her from Śrī Rāma. It is described in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, Sundarakāṇḍa, Sarga 14 and Araṇyakāṇḍa, Sarga 56 and in Mahābhārata also:—

"Thinking of her husband alone, clad in the garments of a hermit woman, eating only roots and fruits, in prayer and fast, in sorrow and sadness, she of the wide eyes lived in the Aśoka park which seemed as a hermitage." (Bhāṣā Bhārata, Araṇya Parva Chapter 280, Stanzas 42 and 43).

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Aśokavanikā (अशोकवनिका) refers to “Aśoka trees”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.18 (“Description of the perturbation caused by Kāma”).—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated: “After going there, the haughty Kāma, deluded by Śiva’s magic power, stationed himself, after first spreading the enchanting power of Spring all around. [...] The fragrant flowers of Mango and Aśoka trees [i.e., aśokavanikā] shone heightening feelings of love. The water lilies with bees hovering on them proved to be the causes for the rise of love in the minds of everyone. The sweet cooings of the cuckoos heightened emotions of love. They were exquisite and pleasing to the mind”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Aśokavanikā (अशोकवनिका).—a grove of Aśoka trees; प्रविवेश महाबाहुरशोकवनिकां तदा (praviveśa mahābāhuraśokavanikāṃ tadā) Rām.7.42.1. °न्याय (nyāya) see under न्याय (nyāya).

Aśokavanikā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśoka and vanikā (वनिका).

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

Aśokavanikā (अशोकवनिका).—[feminine] Aśoka wood.

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

1) Aśokavanikā (अशोकवनिका):—[=a-śoka-vanikā] [from a-śoka] f. a grove of Aśoka trees, [Rāmāyaṇa]

2) Aśokavanika (अशोकवनिक):—[=aśoka-vanika] [from aśoka-vanikā > a-śoka] n., once in [Rāmāyaṇa]

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Ashokavanika 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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