Avadhana, Avadhāna: 15 definitions

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Avadhana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Avdhan.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)

Avadhāna (अवधान) refers to the “concentration of mind” and represents one of the six kinds of prakīrṇa (miscellaneous causes): one of the three “constituents of poetry” (kāvyāṅga) designated by Ācārya Vāmana in his Kāvyālaṅkārasūtravṛtti (also see the Kāvyaprakāśa).

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

Avadhāna (अवधान) refers to “applications” according to Abhinava’s Tantrāloka.—Accordingly, as Abhinava teaches: “Abandon all application (avadhāna)! What are you applying yourself to? Try to understand this for yourself: application to that which is full and perfect makes no sense, nor can that which is not full and perfect every attain to authentic existence (satyabhāva). Those who sanctified thus by the supremely real consciousness firmly affirmed (within them), and who are established on the path of the Absolute (anuttara), are independent of all means”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

avaḍhāṇa (अवढाण).—a R That is ever breaking loose and roaming about--a bullock, cow &c.

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avadhaṇā (अवधणा).—m An indolent and sympathetic tumor. khājavūna a0 āṇaṇēṃ To provoke a quarrel; to draw upon one's self any trouble or evil.

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avadhāṇa (अवधाण).—m An indolent and sympathetic tumor. khājavūna a0 āṇaṇēṃ To provoke a quarrel; to draw upon one's self any trouble or evil.

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avadhāna (अवधान).—m An indolent and sympathetic tumor. khājavūna a0 āṇaṇēṃ To provoke a quarrel; to draw upon one's self any trouble or evil.

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avadhāna (अवधान).—n (S) Attention, advertence, heed; presence (opp. to absence) of mind; awareness. 2 Bearing or bent of the mind; aim.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

avaḍhāṇa (अवढाण).—a Troublesome, vicious, that is ever breaking loose and roaming about-a bullock.

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avadhāna (अवधान).—n Attention, heed. Bent of the mind, aim.

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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

Avadhāna (अवधान).—

1) Attention, अवधानपरे चकार सा प्रलयान्तोन्मिषिते विलोचने (avadhānapare cakāra sā pralayāntonmiṣite vilocane) Kumārasambhava 4.2; अवधानं दीयमानं प्रार्थये (avadhānaṃ dīyamānaṃ prārthaye) Ve.1; intentness, attentiveness; दत्तावधानः शृणोति (dattāvadhānaḥ śṛṇoti) hears attentively.

2) Devotion, care, carefulness; अवधानात् (avadhānāt) carefully or attentively; शृणुत जना अवधानात् क्रियामिमां कालिदासस्य (śṛṇuta janā avadhānāt kriyāmimāṃ kālidāsasya) V.1.2. v. l.

Derivable forms: avadhānam (अवधानम्).

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

Avadhāna (अवधान).—n. (naṃ) 1. Attention, attentiveness, intentness. 2. Care, carefulness. E. ava, dhā to have or hold, lyuṭ aff.

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

Avadhāna (अवधान).—i. e. ava-dha + ana, n. 1. Attention. [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 2. 2. Staring at, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 11.

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

Avadhāna (अवधान).—[neuter] attention, devotion.

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

1) Avadhāna (अवधान):—[=ava-dhāna] [from ava-dhā] n. attention, attentiveness, intentness, [Kumāra-sambhava iv, 2; Śiśupāla-vadha ix, 11, etc.], (cf. sāvadhana.)

2) [v.s. ...] fixing, fastening, [Mahābhārata]

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

Avadhāna (अवधान):—[ava-dhāna] (naṃ) 1. n. Attention, care.

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

Avadhāna (अवधान) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Avahāṇa, Ohāṇa.

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Avadhana 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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Avadhāna (अवधान) [Also spelled avdhan]:—(nm) attention; concentration; alertness; hence ~[] (nf).

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avadhāna (ಅವಧಾನ):—

1) [noun] the quality of being attentive or advertent; advertence; attentiveness.

2) [noun] the process or power of keeping in mind and recollecting; remembrance.

3) [noun] the quality or fact of being cautious or working in a thoughtful way; carefulness.

4) [noun] devotion; devoutness; piety.

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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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