Avadharana, Avadhāraṇa: 20 definitions


Avadharana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, 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 Avdharan.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण, “ascertainment”) refers to one of the twenty-one sandhyantara, or “distinct characteristics of segments (sandhi)” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21. The segments are divisions of the plot (itivṛtta or vastu) of a dramatic play (nāṭaka) and consist of sixty-four limbs, known collectively as the sandhyaṅga.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

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Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण).—Restriction; limitation; cf. अवधारणमियत्तापरिच्छेदः । यावदमत्रं ब्राह्मणाना-मन्त्रयतस्व (avadhāraṇamiyattāparicchedaḥ | yāvadamatraṃ brāhmaṇānā-mantrayatasva) Kāś. on P.II.1.8.

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (philosophy)

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण) refers to the “determination” (for things to have a particular form and place), according to the Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛtivimarśinī 2.132.—Accordingly, “[The passage] ‘inasmuch as they are [somehow] manifest in the concept [representing them’ means the following]. [...] And ‘liberation,’ [apprehended] as consisting of an absolute fullness the essence of which is nothing but the plenitude of a bliss that is not brought about [because in fact it is] innate, [...]—[all these] must belong to the realm of phenomena; otherwise such [things] as the fact that [they] can be desired, the search for the realization of this [desire], their determination (avadhāraṇa) [as having] this [particular] form and place, the practice in accordance with [this determination], etc., would [all] be impossible”.

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Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.

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India history and geography

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Avadhāraṇā.—cf. adhikaraṇa-avadhāraṇā, ‘official investiga- tion’ (Ep. Ind., Vol. XXXI, p. 267). Note: avadhāraṇā 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 mythology, zoology, 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

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avadharana in Pali glossary
Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

avadhāraṇa : (nt.) emphasis; selection.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Avadhāraṇa, (nt.) (Cp. Sk. avadhāraṇa, fr. ava + dhṛ) calling attention to, affirmation, emphasis; as t. t. used by C’s in explanation of evaṃ at DA. I, 27; and of kho at PvA. 11, 18. (Page 83)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avadharana in Marathi glossary
Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

avadhāraṇa (अवधारण).—n S avadhāraṇā f S Determining certainly and surely: also stating or holding with positiveness and assurance. 2 (Laxly.) Collectedness, presence of mind, self-possession. Ex. bhitryācēṃ a0 sabhēnta suṭatēṃ. 3 Bearing in mind, remembering (i.e. memory, not recollecting).

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

avadhāraṇa (अवधारण) [-ṇā, -णा].—f Determining surely. Re- membering, bearing in mind. Col- lectedness, presence of mind.

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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

[«previous next»] — Avadharana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण).—a.

1) Restrictive, limiting.

-ṇam, -ṇā 1 Ascertainment, determination; मान° (māna°) Daśakumāracarita 161.

2) Affirmation, emphasis.

3) Limitation (of the sense of words); यावदवधारणे, एवावधारणे (yāvadavadhāraṇe, evāvadhāraṇe); मात्रं कात्स्न्र्येवधारणे (mātraṃ kātsnryevadhāraṇe) Ak.; तुरत्राव- धारणार्थः (turatrāva- dhāraṇārthaḥ)

4) Restriction to a certain instance or instances to the exclusion of all others.

5) Taking up, expressing, reciting (a name); न त्वां देवीमहं मन्ये राज्ञः संज्ञाव- धारणात् (na tvāṃ devīmahaṃ manye rājñaḥ saṃjñāva- dhāraṇāt) Rām.5.33.1.

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

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण).—n.

(-ṇaṃ) 1. Determining, certainty, ascertainment. 2. Emphasis. E. ava before dhṛ to hold lyuṭ aff.

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

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण).—i. e. ava dhṛ + ana, n. 1. Restriction, [Prabodhacandrodaya, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 75, 10. 2. Ascertaining, [Vedāntasāra, (in my Chrestomathy.)] in Chr. 216, 3.

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

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण).—[neuter] ascertainment, strict determination, restriction.

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

1) Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण):—[=ava-dhāraṇa] [from ava-dhṛ] am n. ascertainment, affirmation, emphasis

2) [v.s. ...] stating or holding with positiveness or assurance

3) [v.s. ...] accurate determination, limitation (of the sense of words), restriction to a certain instance or instances with exclusion of any other, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā-prātiśākhya; Pāṇini 2-i, 8, viii, 1, 62, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] mfn. restrictive, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण):—[ava-dhāraṇa] (ṇaṃ) 1. n. Determining, ascertaining; emphasis.

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

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Avadhāraṇa, Avadhāraṇā, Avahāraṇa, Ohāraṇa.

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Avadharana 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

[«previous next»] — Avadharana in Hindi glossary
Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण) [Also spelled avdharan]:—(nm) conception; determination; ~[raṇā] concept; hence ~[rita] (a); ~[rya] (a).

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Avadhāraṇa (अवधारण) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Avadhāraṇa.

2) Avadhāraṇā (अवधारणा) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Avadhāraṇā.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Avadharana in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avadhāraṇa (ಅವಧಾರಣ):—

1) [noun] the quality, state or fact of being certain; a firm mental conception.

2) [noun] the act of asserting; affirmation.

3) [noun] the act of conceiving; conception; perception.

4) [noun] the emphasis (by stress, pitch or both) given to a particular syllable or word while speaking.

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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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