Avadhyatva: 4 definitions


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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Avadhyatva in Purana glossary
Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Avadhyatva (अवध्यत्व) or simply Avadhya refers to “(the state of) indestructibility”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.2.38.—

Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada:—

“[...] Having secured indestructibility (avadhyatva), 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 (avadhyatva), absence of distress and adamantine bones of Dadhīca the great sage, Kṣuva, the son of the creator, became surprised at heart”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

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

Avadhyatva (अवध्यत्व).—[neuter] inviolability.

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

Avadhyatva (अवध्यत्व):—[=a-vadhya-tva] [from a-vadhya > a-vadha] n. idem, [Rāmāyaṇa; Raghuvaṃśa x,44.]

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Avadhyatva 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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