Asvada, Āsvāda, Ashvada, Aśvada, Ashva-da, Aśvadā: 14 definitions


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The Sanskrit terms Aśvada and Aśvadā can be transliterated into English as Asvada or Ashvada, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Āsvāda (आस्वाद) means “having tasted”, 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, “Some say that Rāhu, the asura, though his head was cut, dies not but lives in the shape of a planet having tasted [i.e., āsvāda] of ambrosia. That he has a disc like the sun and moon and as that disc is black it is invisible when in the sky except on the occasion of eclipses in virtue of a boon from Brahmā. Others say that he resembles a serpent in shape with his head severed from his tail; a few that he is bodiless, that he is mere darkness and that he is the son of Siṃhikā. [...]”.

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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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In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Āsvāda (आस्वाद) refers to the “taste” (for the constant happiness), according to the 11th century Jñānārṇava, a treatise on Jain Yoga in roughly 2200 Sanskrit verses composed by Śubhacandra.—Accordingly, “The doctrine is able to produce the happiness which is the best part of the city of the chief of the snakes. The doctrine is the great joy conveyed to the world of mortals for those possessing a desire for that. The doctrine is the place of the arising of the taste for the constant happiness (nirantara-sukha-āsvāda) in the city of heaven. Does not the doctrine make a man fit for pleasure with a woman [in the form] of liberation?”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

āsvāda (आस्वाद).—m (S) Taste, flavor.

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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

Āsvāda (आस्वाद).—a. Tasting, eating.

-daḥ 1 Tasting, eating; चूताङ्कुरास्वादकषायकण्ठः (cūtāṅkurāsvādakaṣāyakaṇṭhaḥ) Kumārasambhava 3.32; काव्यामृतरसास्वादः (kāvyāmṛtarasāsvādaḥ) H.1.132; मुखास्वादः (mukhāsvādaḥ) Y.3.299 kissing.

2) Relish, flavour, taste; ज्ञातास्वादो विवृतजघनां को विहातुं समर्थः (jñātāsvādo vivṛtajaghanāṃ ko vihātuṃ samarthaḥ) Meghadūta 43; सुखास्वाद- परः (sukhāsvāda- paraḥ) H.4.77; चित्रास्वादकथैर्भृत्यैः (citrāsvādakathairbhṛtyaiḥ) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.

3) Enjoying, experiencing; °वत् (vat) a. delicious in flavour, palatable; आस्वादवद्भिः कवलैस्तृणानाम् (āsvādavadbhiḥ kavalaistṛṇānām) R.2.5.

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Aśvada (अश्वद).—a. giving horses; Manusmṛti 4.231.

Aśvada is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśva and da (द).

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Aśvadā (अश्वदा).—m. giving horses. अरिष्टो येषां रथो व्यश्वदावन्नीयते (ariṣṭo yeṣāṃ ratho vyaśvadāvannīyate) Ṛgveda 5.18. 3.

Derivable forms: aśvadāḥ (अश्वदाः).

Aśvadā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśva and (दा). See also (synonyms): aśvadāvan.

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

Āsvāda (आस्वाद).—m.

(-daḥ) 1. Tasting, eating. 2. Enjoying. 3. Flavour. E. āṅ before ṣvad to taste, affix ghañ.

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

Āsvāda (आस्वाद).—[ā-svād + a], m. Taste, [Kumārasaṃbhava, (ed. Stenzler.)] 3, 31; [Yājñavalkya, (ed. Stenzler.)] 3, 229; [Pañcatantra] 263, 22; i. [distich] 429.

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

Aśvada (अश्वद).—[masculine] giver of horses.

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Āsvāda (आस्वाद).—[masculine] tasting, taste (also na [neuter]).

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

1) Aśvada (अश्वद):—[=aśva-da] [from aśva] mfn. giving horses, [Manu-smṛti iv, 231.]

2) Aśvadā (अश्वदा):—[=aśva-dā] [from aśva] mfn. = -da q.v., [Ṛg-veda] (cf. an-aśva-dā.)

3) Āsvāda (आस्वाद):—[=ā-svāda] [from ā-svad] m. eating with a relish, tasting, enjoying (also metaphorically), [Manu-smṛti; Kathāsaritsāgara; Sāhitya-darpaṇa; Yājñavalkya] etc.

4) [v.s. ...] flavour, taste, [Rāmāyaṇa; Pañcatantra; Meghadūta etc.]

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

Āsvāda (आस्वाद):—(daḥ) 1. m. Tasting; flavour; enjoying.

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

Āsvāda (आस्वाद) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Assāda, Āsāa, Cakkha.

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Asvada 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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Āsvāda (आस्वाद) [Also spelled asvad]:—(nm) flavour, relish.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Āsvāda (ಆಸ್ವಾದ):—

1) [noun] the act of tasting.

2) [noun] that one of the five senses that is stimulated by contact of a substance with the taste buds and is capable of distinguishing basically among sweet, sour, salt, and bitter, etc.; taste.

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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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