Avaloka: 10 definitions



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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Avaloka (अवलोक) is another name for Avalokita: one of the thirty-three alaṃkāras (embellishments), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. These alaṃkāras, or, ‘embellishments of song’, depend upon the four types of varṇas, which refers to a specific order of musical notes (svara). They are attached to the songs of seven forms, although not generally used in the dhruvās.

According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, “avaloka is when in the udvāhita the repeated kalās are in the descending scale”.

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context information

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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Avaloka (अवलोक).—

1) Seeing, beholding; जृम्भाङ्गभङ्गनयनमीलनाङ्गावलोककृत् (jṛmbhāṅgabhaṅganayanamīlanāṅgāvalokakṛt) S. D.; वनशोभावलोकाय (vanaśobhāvalokāya) V.4.31.

2) Sight.

3) Looking down upon with compassion.

Derivable forms: avalokaḥ (अवलोकः).

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

Avaloka (अवलोक).—m.

(-kaḥ) Sight, seeing. E. ava, and lokṛ to see, ac aff.

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

Avaloka (अवलोक).—[ava-lok + a], m. 1. Sight, [Śiśupālavadha] 9, 71. 2. Observation, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] 38, 5.

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

Avaloka (अवलोक).—[masculine] na [neuter] sight, seeing.

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

Avaloka (अवलोक):—[=ava-loka] [from ava-lok] m. looking upon or at, viewing, [Vikramorvaśī; Śiśupāla-vadha ix, 71; Sāhitya-darpaṇa], look, glance, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

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

Avaloka (अवलोक):—[ava-loka] (kaḥ) 1. m. Seeing.

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Avaloka (अवलोक):—(von lok mit ava) m. Betrachtung: navaśaṣpāvalokāya [Vikramorvaśī 120.] aṅgāva [Sāhityadarpana 67, 8.] nāḍīparīkṣāva [Weber’s Verzeichniss No. 982.] yāvadenamavalokamārge (auf dem Wege, von dem aus eine Betrachtung gestattet ist) pratipālayāmi [Vikramorvaśī 38, 5.]

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Avaloka (अवलोक):—, dayitāvaloka [Śiśupālavadha 9, 71.] avalokeṣu nārīṇāṃ sahasrāṇi śatāni ca waren im Angesicht, sichtbar, zu sehen [Mahābhārata 1, 7902.] sadayāvalokaiḥ Blick [Bhāgavatapurāṇa 10, 15, 8.] praṇayāvalokaiḥ [21, 11.] smāyāvalokalava [61, 4.]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Avaloka (अवलोक):—m.

1) Betrachtung , Beschauung , Musterung.

2) Blick.

3) Gesichtskreis. keṣu nārīṇām im Angesicht von Frauen. mārga m. dass. —

4) Titel eines Werkes , = daśapāvaloka [HALL.] in der Einl. zu [Daśarūpa 3.4.]

context information

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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