Ashvashastra, Ashva-shastra, Aśvaśāstra: 8 definitions


Ashvashastra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Aśvaśāstra can be transliterated into English as Asvasastra or Ashvashastra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Kavya (poetry)

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Source: Shodhganga: A critical appreciation of soddhalas udayasundarikatha

Aśvaśāstra (अश्वशास्त्र).—Soḍḍhala also was well versed in the science of horse breeding. He mentions eightfold characteristics of a good horse.

  1. In the constitution of the body, the horse should have proper height, length and stoutness as compared with the standards of these measures,
  2. The pair of ears should he small,
  3. The mane, the skin and the hair should he soft.
  4. The knee, the lower part of the leg and mouth should he without redundant flesh,
  5. The eyes, the hack and the breast should he realty glossy,
  6. The neck should he protruding,
  7. The hoofs should he hard.
  8. The forehead, the waist, the shoulders, the hack and the ohest should he large.
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Kavya (काव्य, kavya) refers to Sanskrit poetry, a popular ancient Indian tradition of literature. There have been many Sanskrit poets over the ages, hailing from ancient India and beyond. This topic includes mahakavya, or ‘epic poetry’ and natya, or ‘dramatic poetry’.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: Google Books: Boot, Hooves and Wheels

The Aśvaśāstra (अश्वशास्त्र) is conventionally attributed to Nakula the Pāṇḍava who in the Mahābhārata has been called a horse expert (perhaps because his mother was a princess of the equestrian Madra people). In its present form the Aśvaśāstra was compiled by Śālihotra. Naming treatises after traditionally recognized experts in that subject has been a norm in early India.

Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aśvaśāstra (अश्वशास्त्र).—

1) manual or text-book of veterinary science;

2) Name of the work of Nakula.

Derivable forms: aśvaśāstram (अश्वशास्त्रम्).

Aśvaśāstra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśva and śāstra (शास्त्र).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Aśvaśāstra (अश्वशास्त्र) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—by Nakula. Io. 107. L. 1648. K. 248. B. 4, 246. Bik. 640. 658. Rādh. 33. Oudh. Vi, 14. Xviii, 94. Xix, 138. Np. V, 30 (and—[commentary]). Burnell. 75^a. P. 15.

Aśvaśāstra has the following synonyms: Aśvacikitsā, Śālihotraśāstra.

2) Aśvaśāstra (अश्वशास्त्र):—Burnell. 75^a. See Jayadatta, Nakula, Śālihotra.

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

1) Aśvaśāstra (अश्वशास्त्र):—[=aśva-śāstra] [from aśva] n. a text-book of veterinary science

2) [v.s. ...] Name of [work] of Nakula.

[Sanskrit to German]

Ashvashastra 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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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aśvaśāstra (ಅಶ್ವಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ):—[noun] the science that deals with the study of characteristics, strength, psychology etc. of horses.

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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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