Atharvaveda, Atharva-Veda: 10 definitions



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In Hinduism

Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Architecture (1): Early and Classical Architecture

Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद) is the name of a Sanskrit word partly dealing with the “science of architecture” (vāstuvidyā).—In the Atharvaveda there are references to different parts of the building such as sitting-room, inner apartment, room for sacred fire, cattle shed and reception room. (Atharvaveda, IX.3). The

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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

Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद).—One of the four Vedas useful for kings.1 Rearranged by Sumantu (s.v.) under the guidance of Vyāsa; in five parts.2 Part of Viṣṇu.3 mantras connected with war.4 Twenty-one Atharvas from the face of Brahmā.5

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa, X. 53. 12; Vāyu-purāṇa 9. 51; 60. 15, 20.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 4. 22; XII. 7. 1; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 34. 15; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 4. 9 & 14; 6. 8, 13-14.
  • 3) Viṣṇu-purāṇa V. 1. 37.
  • 4) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 20. 104.
  • 5) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 8. 53.
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

[«previous next»] — Atharvaveda in Hinduism glossary
Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The Atharvaveda is a sacred text of Hinduism and one of the four Vedas, often called the "fourth Veda". The bulk of the text dates from c. 1200–1000 BCE (see below).

According to the tradition, the Atharvaveda was mainly composed by two groups of rishis known as the Atharvanas and the Angirasa, hence its oldest name is Ātharvāṅgirasa. In the Late Vedic Gopatha Brahmana, it is attributed to the Bhrigu and Angirasa. Additionally, tradition ascribes parts to other rishis, such as Kauśika, Vasiṣṭha and Kaśyapa. There are two surviving recensions (śākhās), known as Śaunakīya (AVS) and Paippalāda (AVP).

etymology: Atharvaveda (Sanskrit: अथर्ववेदः, atharvaveda, a tatpurusha compound of Atharvan, an ancient Rishi, and veda, meaning "knowledge")

India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Atharva-veda.—(CII 3; etc.), one of the four Vedas. See Veda. Note: atharva-veda is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Atharvaveda in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद).—[masculine] the Atharvaveda.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—1) The saṃhitā and pada texts are given together, as most of the lists do not distinguish between both. Io. 113. 682. 901. 1137. 2141. 2142. W. p. 82-85. Oxf. 385^b. 392^b. Paris. (D 204. 205). Khn. 2. Kh. 55, B. 1, 2. Ben. 18(3). Bik. 6. 7. Rādh. 1. NW. 4. Np. I, 7. Haug. 12. 13. Burnell. 12^b. Gu. 3. Mysore. 1. Lahore. 2. P. 7. 8. Bhk. 5. Oppert. 683. 4578. 6721. Ii, 4445. 4447. Rice. 4. Peters. 2, 182. 3, 383. Bp. 283. W. 1486. (19th Kāṇḍa).
—[commentary] Oppert. Ii, 4446. See Atharvabhāṣya, Ātharvaṇaṭīkā. Paippalādaśākhā. Report. I. Jaṭāpāṭha. Kh. 55. B. 1, 2. Prātiśākhya. W. p. 87 (and—[commentary]). Kh. 56. 61 (2). 82. Haug. 42. Peters. 2, 182 (and—[commentary]). 3, 383 (and—[commentary]). Anukrama. Kh. 57. B. 1, 198. Sarvānukramaṇī. Io. 2142. B. 1, 198. Bṛhatsarvānukramaṇikā. W. 1487. Peters. 3, 383. Mantrāśīrvadasaṃhitā. Kh. 57. Saubhāgyakāṇḍa. Quoted by Kaivalyāśrama. Oxf. 108^a. Gṛhyasūtra. Haug. 23.

2) Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद):—read Np. I, 22. Sarvānukramaṇī. add Peters. 2, 183.

3) Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद):—Ulwar 321 (Saṃhitāpāṭha).
—Sarvānukramaṇī. Ulwar 322.
—Prātiśākhya. Ulwar 327. Bhāṣya. 328. Extr. 97.

4) Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद):—Ak 1 (pada). As p. 3 (2 Mss.). 18 (Kāṇḍa 12-20). L.. 87-102. Tb. 12. 13. Paippalādaśākhā. Tb. 14-17. Prātiśākhya. Tb. 213. Prātiśākhyamūlasūtra in 3 Prapāṭhaka. Tb. 36. 213. Bṛhatsarvānukramaṇikā. Ak 64.

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

Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद):—[=atharva-veda] [from atharva > atharvan] m. Name of the fourth Veda (See above).

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

Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद):—[tatpurusha compound] m.

(-daḥ) The fourth or Atharvaveda (see ṛc, yajus, sāman), the Veda revealed by Atharvan or Angiras and sometimes considered, therefore, personified as a son of Angiras. See atharvan, atharvāṅgiras, pratyaṅgiras, brahmaveda. E. atharvan and veda.

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद):—(atharvan + veda) m. eine der vedischen Liedersammlungen, die vierte nach indischer Zählung. Dieselbe hat, so wie sie auf uns gekommen ist, nach sachlicher Eintheilung [20] Bücher (Kāṇḍa), deren letztes jedoch mit den vorangehenden nicht gleichartig und als ein Zusatz zu betrachten ist. [Muṇḍakopaniṣad 1, 1, 5.] [Mahābhārata 2, 450. 5, 548.] — Vgl. atharvan, atharvāṅgiras, brahmaveda .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Atharvaveda (अथर्ववेद):—m. die vierte der vedischen Liedersammlungen.

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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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