Aurva: 12 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Aurva (और्व).—(Ūrva, Ūrūja). A fierce saint of the line of Bhṛgu Maharṣi. Genealogy. Descending in order from Viṣṇu, Brahmā, Bhṛgu, Cyavana, Aurva. (See full article at Story of Aurva from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Aurva (और्व).—A brahmin living in the country of Mālava. This brahmin got a daughter named Śamīka by his wife Sumedha. She was married very early to Mandāra, son of Dhaumyaka and disciple of Śaunaka. After some days when Mandāra found his wife fully grown he went to Aurva to bring his wife home. Aurva sent them both to the house of Mandāra with his blessings. On their way home they met the Maharṣi Bhuśuṇḍi and burst into laughter at his sight. The sage cursed them and made them into two trees. When Aurva found his daughter and son-in-law missing he started a search for them. Then he came to know that both of them had changed into trees by a curse. Aurva and his wife then prayed to God for help. Aurva then lived in the tree of Śamā in the shape of Agni and Śaunaka made an idol of Gaṇapati with the root of the Mandāra tree and worshipped him. Gaṇapati was pleased by the devotional deeds of Aurva and Śaunaka and changed the trees again into Śamīka and Mandāra. (Gaṇeśa Purāṇa).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Aurva (और्व).—A son born of Apravāṇa (Apruvat-matsya p.) and Ṛcī, being born from her thigh. Father of Ṛcīka. Jamadagni was his grandson; a mantrakṛt and sage.1 Sagara who had no son visited his hermitage with his two wives and was blessed for sons. Present at Sagara's aśvamedha and other sacrifices and taught him the path to salvation;2 spoke to Sagara on the mode of worshipping Viṣṇu;3 on varṇadharma;4 on āśramadharma;5 on rituals;6 on the duties of the householder;7 on funeral rites;8 on the śrāddha;9 prevented the pregnant queen of Bāhu(ka) from committing satī,10 and the posthumous son Sagara brought up in his hermitage to whom he did all saṃskaras. Was visited and revisited by Paraśurāma.11 Phalgutanta took refuge near his hermitage;12 extinguished the Tālajaṅgha line.13 Came to see Parīkṣit practising prāyopaveśa.14 A description of his hermitage.15 A sage of the Svārociṣa epoch, and one of the five Pravaras of Bhārgava gotra.16

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 1. 95; II. 32. 105; 38. 27; Matsya-purāṇa 195. 15-16; Vāyu-purāṇa 59. 96; 65. 92.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 8. 8 & 31; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 34. 2; 50. 29-58; 51. 1-41; 52. 37; 55. 3; 63. 122, 133-4; Vāyu-purāṇa 88. 123, 132-4; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 3. 29, 37.
  • 3) Matsya-purāṇa 12. 40; Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 8. 6-19.
  • 4) Viṣṇu-purāṇa III. 8. 20-40.
  • 5) Ib. ch. 9 (whole).
  • 6) Ib. ch. 10 (whole).
  • 7) Ib. chapters 11-12.
  • 8) Ib. chapter 13 (whole).
  • 9) Ib. chapters 14-16; 17. 1.
  • 10) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 8. 3; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 3. 29-37.
  • 11) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 21. 35; 25. 81; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 3. 36.
  • 12) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 47. 79-87.
  • 13) Bhāgavata-purāṇa IX. 23. 28.
  • 14) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 19. 10.
  • 15) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 50. 34-45.
  • 16) Matsya-purāṇa 9. 8; 195. 29.

1b) (saṃvartaka, vaḍavāmukha s.v.). Hari took this form of fire and drank the waters of the sea;1 Brahmā fixed him in the vaḍavāmukha ocean; celebrated for aurvīmāyā (s.v).2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 80; III. 72. 17; Matsya-purāṇa 2. 5; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 76.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 121. 77; 175. 18, 58-72.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Aurva (और्व) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. ) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Aurva) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aurva (और्व).—a. (-rvī f.) [ऊरु-अण् (ūru-aṇ)]

1) Relating to Aurva.

2) Produced from the thigh.

3) Relating to the earth.

-rvaḥ 1 Name of a celebrated Ṛiṣi. [He was a descendant of Bhṛgu, (the son of Chyavana by his wife Āruṣī, and grandson of Bhṛgu). The Mahābhārata relates that the sons of Kārtavīrya, with the desire of destroying the descendants of Bhṛgu, killed even the children in the womb. One of the women of the family, in order to preserve her embryo, secreted it in her thigh (ūru), whence the child at its birth was called Aurva. Beholding him, the sons of Kārtavirya were struck with blindness, and his wrath gave rise to a flame which threatened to consume the whole world, had he not, at the desire of his Pitṛs, the Bhārgavas, cast it into the ocean, where it remained concealed with the face of a horse; cf. Vaḍavāgni. Aurva was afterwards preceptor to king Sagara of Ayodhyā]. ऊरोर्यथौर्वस्य पृथोश्च हस्तान् मान्धातुरिन्द्रप्रतिमस्य मूर्ध्नः (ūroryathaurvasya pṛthośca hastān māndhāturindrapratimasya mūrdhnaḥ) Bu. ch. 1.29.

2) Submarine fire; त्वयि ज्वलत्यौर्व इवाम्बुराशौ (tvayi jvalatyaurva ivāmburāśau) Ś.3.3; Ve.3.7. so °अनलः (analaḥ)

-rvam Fossil salt.

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

Aurva (और्व) or Aurvva.—m.

(-rvaḥ) Submarine fire. E. urva a saint so named, from whose thighs sprang a being of flame, which was received by the ocean; the affix is aṇ.

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

Aurva (और्व).—i. e. ūrva + a, I. m. The patronymic name of a Ṛṣi or saint, Mahābhārata 1, 2610. Ii. adj., f. . 1. Produced by Ūrva, Mahābhārata 1, 1242. 2. adj. or m. (supple agni), Submarine fire, [Rājataraṅgiṇī] 3, 170.

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

Aurva (और्व).—1. [feminine] ī relating to the earth.

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Aurva (और्व).—2. [masculine] Aurva, patron. of [several] Ṛṣis.

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Aurva (और्व).—3. [adjective] relating to Aurva (v. [preceding]); [masculine] the submarine fire (supposed to come from A.).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

Aurva (और्व) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—poet. [Subhāshitāvali by Vallabhadeva]

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

1) Aurva (और्व):—1. aurva m. a descendant of Ūrva, Name of a Ṛṣi, [Ṛg-veda viii, 102, 4; Taittirīya-saṃhitā vii; Aitareya-brāhmaṇa; Mahābhārata] etc.

2) (in later mythology he is called Aurva Bhārgava as son of Cyavana and grandson of Bhṛgu; he is the subject of a legend told in [Mahābhārata i, 6802]; there it is said that the sons of Kṛtavīrya, wishing to destroy the descendants of Bhṛgu in order to recover the wealth left them by their father, slew even the children in the womb; one of the women of the family of Bhṛgu, in order to preserve her embryo, secreted it in her thigh [ūru], whence the child at its birth was named Aurva; on beholding whom, the sons of Kṛtavīrya were struck with blindness, and from whose wrath proceeded a flame that threatened to destroy the world, had not Aurva at the persuasion of the Bhārgavas cast it into the ocean, where it remained concealed, and having the face of a horse; Aurva was afterwards preceptor to Sagara and gave him the Āgneyāstram, with which he conquered the barbarians who invaded his possessions; cf. vaḍavā-mukha, vaḍavāgni)

3) Name of a son of Vasiṣṭha, [Harivaṃśa]

4) m. [plural] Name of a class of Pitṛs, [Tāṇḍya-brāhmaṇa; Lāṭyāyana]

5) mfn. produced by or relating to the Ṛṣi Aurva, [Mahābhārata i, 387, etc.]

6) m. the submarine fire (cast into the ocean by Aurva Bhārgava cf. above).

7) 2. aurva mf(ī)n. ([from] urvī), relating to the earth, of the earth, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

8) n. fossil salt, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Aurva (ಔರ್ವ):—

1) [adjective] produced from the thigh.

2) [adjective] relating to the earth.

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Aurva (ಔರ್ವ):—[noun] the submarine fire.

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