Avadhya: 12 definitions


Avadhya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Avadhya (अवध्य) or Avadhyatva refers to “indestructibility”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.38.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—“[...] Having secured indestructibility (avadhya), adamantine bones and absence of distress from Śiva, he [i.e., Dadhīca] kicked the king [i.e., Kṣuva] on the head with the root of his foot. Kṣuva, the king who was haughty by the favour of Viṣṇu, became angry and hit Dadhīca on his chest with his thunderbolt. The thunderbolt was incompetent to destroy Dadhīca the noble-souled, thanks to the power of lord Śiva. The son of the creator (Kṣuva) was greatly surprised. On thus seeing the indestructibility (avadhya), absence of distress and adamantine bones of Dadhīca the great sage, Kṣuva, the son of the creator, became surprised at heart”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Avadhya (अवध्य).—A Pratardana god.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 36. 30.
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

avadhya (अवध्य).—a S Not to be sacrificed or put to death.

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

avadhya (अवध्य).—a Not to be sacrificed or put to death.

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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

Avadhya (अवध्य).—a. Not to be killed, inviolable, sacred; यावानवध्यस्य वधे (yāvānavadhyasya vadhe) Manusmṛti 9.249. °ता, °भाव, °त्वम् (tā, °bhāva, °tvam) exemption from death, inviolability; वधार्हाणामवध्यताम् (vadhārhāṇāmavadhyatām) R.17.19; सदैवावध्यभावेन यथार्थस्य हि वाचकः (sadaivāvadhyabhāvena yathārthasya hi vācakaḥ) H.3.15; R.1.43.

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Avadhya (अवध्य).—See under अवध (avadha).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Avadhya (अवध्य).—(?) , adj., epithet of śilpa, art, in Lalitavistara 23.21 avadhya-śilpa-niveśanaṃ (kulam, in which the Bodhisattva is reborn for the last time); so all Lefm.'s mss., but he trans- lates nützlichen (freien) Künsten zugetan, probably following Tibetan don yod pa (which once renders amogha, unfailing, see [Tibetan-English Dictionary]), useful, successful. Calcutta (see LV.) reads abandhya (i.e. avandhya, not barren); I suspect that this should be adopted. But compare next but one.

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

Avadhya (अवध्य).—[adjective] not to be killed, inviolable.

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Avadhyā (अवध्या).—despise, curse.

Avadhyā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms ava and dhyā (ध्या).

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

1) Avadhya (अवध्य):—[=a-vadhya] [from a-vadha] a mfn. not to be killed, inviolable, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā viii, 46; Manu-smṛti ix, 249, etc.]

2) [=a-vadhya] b See a-vadha.

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

Avadhya (अवध्य) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Avajjha, Avajjhā.

[Sanskrit to German]

Avadhya 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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Avadhya (ಅವಧ್ಯ):—[adjective] not fit to be slaughtered.

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Avadhya (ಅವಧ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] he who is not fit to be slaughtered.

2) [noun] (masc.) one who cannot be killed.

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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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